Sydney loves its seafood
Visiting the Sydney Fish Market during their 36 hour Pre-Christmas trade has become a tradition with my family. We go at night when it's less busy but it's still more busy than your usual saturday. It's best to avoid the day of Christmas Eve when it becomes absolutely manic and you're sure to encounter severe traffic jams. The main thing on everyones shopping list seems to be prawns which I notice being carried around by most customers. I used to always get my oysters from Christies Seafoods which have a great range of freshly shucked oysters nicely displayed in their black trays but since discovering Nicholas Seafood actually provide the trays to you it's become more tempting to choose from them so the oysters are kept separated during transport and don't spill as easily. I decided on two dozen Wallis Lake Sydney Rock Oysters ($14.99/dozen) from Nicholas Seafood and Boston Bay Mussels ($7.99/1kg) from De Costi Seafoods which are now all safely stored in the fridge until Christmas Day lunch. Parking in the Sydney Fish Market is usually too chaotic for me so I always look for a car spot outside around the park and just walk over.
PROS: Good variety of seafood, Competitive prices, Fresh produce
CONS: Very crowded, Parking is a nightmare
MUST TRY: Finding the best oysters and getting in and out as quick as possible
The busy crowd at De Costi Seafoods at 11 pm, 23 Dec 2010
Peter's Fish Market always draws a good crowd and there's less bottle necks than other stores
Christies Seafood Excellence — one of my favourite spots for oysters and scallops in half shell
Claudio's — it's always hard to move around when it's busy
Musumeci Seafoods — I'm usually not impressed with what I see in this shop so I don't think I've ever bought anything from them before.
De Costi Seafoods — one of the biggest but also the most crowded. Their prawns looked pretty good.
De Costi Seafood check out
Wallis Lake Sydney Rock Oysters ($14.99/dozen), Nicholas Seafood
Car park totally full at 11 pm, 23 Dec 2010
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