Freshly-shucked Feasts: The Sydney Establishments That Do Oysters Right
Given our country is an island, it’s no real surprise that we serve up seriously good seafood. In Sydney, no seafood platter is complete without oysters – whether they’re freshly-shucked, baked or topped with various trimmings, they go down a (bite-sized) treat. If you’re an oyster aficionado, you’ll already know which types please your palate most. And if you’re new to oysters, then taste-testing is half the fun.
These Sydney establishments do oysters right – we say go all out and get a dozen! The world is your oyster.
Under the pearly shells of the Opera House, this harbourfront bar is one of the best alfresco dining spots in Sydney. Time your visit with sunset, and then tuck into treats from the Raw Bar. There are Pacific and Rock oysters on offer, with a choice of mignonette, ponzu or Tabasco sauce if you can handle the heat. To keep the ocean-based theme going, try the virgin Mary oyster shot.
Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level, Sydney
If you ask us, oysters are best enjoyed on the waterfront – and Ecco has 180-degree sweeping views over Sydney Harbour. This chic Italian restaurant serves Sydney Rock Oysters au naturale with a little lemon, or with a slightly sweet, slightly tangy salsa of watermelon, raspberry vinegar and chive salsa. It’s bursting with flavour, and the perfect introduction to the other seafood dishes on the menu.
2 St George’s Crescent, Drummoyne
The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
With a menu titled ‘The Oyster Library’, the choices are endless at this city spot. Along with the usual suspects like Sydney Rock oysters, there’s the Angassi, a meaty oyster that rarely pops up in restaurants. Executive chef Sean Connolly drizzles them in delicious dressings and there’s a sommelier on hand to suggest wine pairings. On Wednesdays, The Morrison dishes up $1 oysters (usually $4) during happy hour from 6-7pm.
225 George Street, Sydney
Sydney Fish Market
For oysters, you can take your pick between a few of the market’s retailers: Deep Seafood Café & Oyster Bar, Doyle’s, and our personal favourite, Claudio’s Seafood. There, the oysters are shucked on the spot, and served in whatever style you like: steamed, poached, baked or grilled. Claudio’s offers Pacific (fresh and salty) and Sydney Rock (sweeter and creamier) oysters, as well as the Bluff, a briny, boldly flavoured oyster from New Zealand.
Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney
This rooftop restaurant is a Sydney institution, and for good reason: the glossy interiors, the panoramic views of the harbour, and the fantastic food. The menu highlights locally-sourced seafood, and it’s delicious. To start, order a platter freshly-shucked oysters, dressed in eschalot, chive and pinot grigio vinegar, or topped with salmon and watermelon dressing. Or do as the locals do and get a few of each!
Sydney Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay
Perched on the water at Blackwattle Bay, The Boathouse has a dedicated oyster menu, featuring delights from the mid-north, south and east coast of Australia. They’re freshly-shucked to order in the open kitchen, and served with a mignonette and dark rye bread to really allow the oysters flavours and textures to come through. You will want to start your meal with a half-dozen or so.
123 Ferry Road, Glebe
The go-to place for beautifully fresh seafood in a fine dining setting. The oysters are a must. Sourced from the best growers in NSW and opened to order, you can ask for them natural with eschalot and red wine vinegar, or the crowd favourite, natural with lime and chilli. Otherwise, you can opt to get your grilled and served with kombu butter, chive and a sesame seed crumb.
Lyne Park, Rose Bay
GPO Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant
This city gem is set on the lower ground floor of the historic and beautifully ornate GPO building in Sydney’s Martin Place. The GPO Oyster Bar dishes up an impressive serving of oysters using Sydney Rock Oysters and Pacific Oysters. You can opt for natural with a side of vinaigrette or Thai dipping sauce, or if you prefer them grilled you can select from Kilpatrick or Mornay oysters.
1 Martin Place, Sydney
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