Christmas dining can easily turn into meat overload: roast beef and turkey with all the trimmings may be staples of the traditional festive menu but they're also responsible for the vegetative post-dinner state you find yourself in come 3 o'clock, when all the presents have been opened and you're left in a stupor of shame surrounded by Ferrero Rocher wrappers.
And yet Christmas dinner needn't be so carnivorous. Brisbane is home to a plethora of fresh seafood suppliers and it would be a crime to neglect them, especially during the festive season. If you're not into cooking seafood yourself (and who can blame you—cracking crabs and deveining prawns is not what we count as leisure time) then dining out is good too. From steamed oysters to marinated prawns and Mussels Provencal, it's time to get fishy. Here are our picks of Brisbane's best seafood suppliers, and seafood restaurants:
Head to Newstead's Green Beacon for their first ever Oyster Festival, a celebration of succulent seafood. As well as serving up a selection of oysters from across Australia, there'll also be prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, spanner crabs and more. They are also putting on a specia release Belgian Blue beer just for this event (but be warned, there's only one keg and it's getting tapped at midday!). Kicking off at 11am, this seafood party is on until late.
With tables that pour out onto a riverfront terrace, Jellyfish satisfies aquatic cravings in its surroundings as well as its menu. The seafood restaurant has long been a favourite among Brisbane's fish fiends, serving up 'Flame Snapper' tempura and grilled swordfish straight from Mooloolaba,
Seafood isn't all about intricately prepared sushi and smoked salmon. Sometimes only a no-nonsense portion of fish and chips will do, and these are some of the best in Brisbane. Swampdog's unique take on the classic combo uses sustainably sourced fish and artisan chips, so your conscious can stay clear while you're chomping down salt'n'pepper squid. We highly recommend the mackerel cutlet with pineapple and coriander salsa.
Stretching across Paddington's Given Terrace, Iceworks specialises in European cuisine with a modern twist, and their seafood is some of the best around. Grab their tapas menu for sharing platters of pan seared tiger prawns, steamed mussels, and baby squid with pickled garlic.
Claiming to be an inner city surf club may sound like something of an oxymoron but that hasn't stopped South Bank Surf Club from becoming one of the city's most popular seafood destinations. The restaurant and bar overlooks the Street's Beach and has an enticing dinner menu that includes seasonal sea oyster selections and smoked sardine 'soldiers'.
Famous for their Singaporean chilli mud crabs, and home to the Alaskan King crab, Kingley's is a must for crab lovers. A bowl of chilli mud crabs and a glass of chilled semillon is what summer nights are made of.
The original fish market, Samie's sells seafood from across Australia, including Tasmanian salmon, oysters from New South Wales and scallops from our own sunny Queensland. And the best bit? The fish is fresh everyday and caught using sustainable fishing practises.
Reef may be a newcomer on the Newstead food scene but it's already competing with the big dogs (or should that be dogfish?). Part of the recently opened Gasworks Plaza (check out our verdict here!), the sushi restaurant serves delicious freshly made Sashimi, Cajun fish dishes and spicy tuna as well as offering an array of fresh seafood to take away and cook at home.
One of our favourite spots for some raw aquatic action (the chirashi haunts us—it's so good) Fresh Sushi Co. also sell very fresh fish, including crabs, Moreton Bay bugs, prawns, oysters, crab meat, scallops, salmon roe, and fish fillets from practically every finned fishie you can think of.
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