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DINING: 11 JANUARY 2017

With ROBERTA MUIR

Sydney's top-five casual seafood restaurants

It’s an occupational hazard that I get to eat quite a bit of outstanding seafood … and for me, simple is best. Fresh Aussie seafood doesn’t need anything tricky done to it — nor does it need flash surrounds. Here are a few of my favourite casual seafood restaurants in Sydney.

Salmon & Bear
Newtown
http://salmonandbear.com.au/

Mark Jensen, who loves campfire cooking, sustainable seafood and boutique brews, brings it all together in this Alaskan-log-cabin. Choose a fish to be cooked over the coals, add a sauce and couple of sides (like seriously good corn salad or Asian greens), or go simple beer-battered hoki and chips.

North Bondi Fish
Bondi
http://www.northbondifish.com.au/

Whatever Matt Moran turns his hand to is done well … and this casual seafood restaurant tucked underneath North Bondi RSL serves up a delicious dish of clams with fregola and a great touch of chilli that has me licking the plate.

The Fish Shop
Potts Point
http://merivale.com.au/thefishshop

I love the beach shack kitsch, buckets of prawns and great selection of wine by the glass – but most of all I love Jeremy Strode’s seafood platter for two with all the hot and cold faves including a half pound of cooked prawns with house-made cocktail sauce and those wonderful salted barramundi croquettes.

Watsons Bay Beach Club
Watsons Bay
http://watsonsbayhotel.com.au/

A beachside table, an Aperol spritz and a plate of salt & pepper squid (made with fresh Aussie loligo squid — none of that frozen imported stuff) is about as good as it gets on a sunny Sydney day.

Galley Foods Eatery
Bobbin Head
http://www.galleyfoods.com.au/

Whether you take-away or eat-in at casual tables suspended over Cowan Creek, the beer-battered john dory with chips and house-made tartare sauce here is fresh, crisp and plentiful. Add a cold Coopers beer then a Golden Gaytime for dessert and I’m one happy camper.

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Roberta Muir is manager of the Sydney Seafood School at the Sydney Fish Market (www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au) and also a passionate gastronome who runs www.food-wine-travel.com.

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Salmon & Bear

North Bondi Fish

The Fish Shop

Wasons Bay Beach Club

Galley Goods Eatery