Fish markets don’t stand a chance next to Sydney’s. The Sydney Fish Market is the second largest fish market in terms of variety outside of Japan. It is unlike any fish market I have ever been to and my dad as well which says something. The Sydney Fish Market is a warehouse with one main isle down the center and shops on either side. One thing that makes it special is that it sells more than just fish. There are six seafood retailers, a bottle shop, fruit and vegetable market, bakery, sushi bar, restaurant and gift shop. I finally stopped in the gift shop this time and got a kangaroo cookie cutter.
You walk down that main isle and you are stunned by everything you see around you. It’s busy and you want to go in everywhere and you don’t know what to choose. Once you have chosen the venue you want its time to buy the seafood. You can either buy cooked things like prawn and lobster or there is a bbq that has standard seafood or you can choose from the raw seafood and have them barbeque it for you. If you are an oyster lover like myself they have many oysters to choose from and at a very good price for Sydney.
There are all different kinds of fish; whole fish, small fish and everything in between. One thing I found that I had never heard of before the market was a Moreton Bay bug or also known as the Bay lobster. They are named after Moreton Bay in Queensland Australia. They look the just the tail of a lobster. They are similar to taste as a lobster but not as rich and sweet and they are missing the melt in your mouth goodness. Definitely try them but if you are as much of a lobster fan as I am I don’t think you will be switching over. Sorry bugs.
After a delicious meal on the picnic tables by the water, I always head down to the fruit market and get a chocolate covered strawberry. It is the perfect ending to the perfect, fresh, right off the boat seafood meal.
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