Boy, Merivale really is building up quite an impressive collection of restaurants. This is like what... the 10th? CEO Justin Hemmes really has a talent of spotting well... talent. He's hooked in a big fish in acclaimed British chef Jeremy Strode and has since then create 2 restaurants with him; Bistrode CBD and the newly opened Fish Shop. My friend and I literally walked a circle around the City the other day go from Newtown to Potts Point and pretty much back and around it and we ended up at the Fish Shop.
It's a restaurant that sells... well you guessed it: fish, located in quiet suburban part of Potts Point with the sign slightly covered by trees. 3 things that typifies any Merivale restaurant is the big name chef, loads of booze and masters of restaurant renovations. They haven't missed a step here at all: Jeremy Strode's confidently in the kitchen occasionally even coming out to deliver the food with of course fish being the main star, there's a giant wine rack with an extensive well considered aperitif list that accompanies it on request and the restaurant looks top notch.
It certainly looks the part with lots of exposed wood, ropes and nets, sails and hooks.
There's an open kitchen at the back where you can see all the action happening. It's a well oiled ship (all this sea discourse... I can't help it!).
It's the little touches, however, that win it for me like the child friendly colouring stencil, a menu with little bits of info about fish and decorated plates that makes it really casual and interesting.
|Sydney Rock oysters 2.7 ea|
|Polynesian raw kingfish 13|
|Petuna smoked salmon sandwich 9.5|
|Crumbed fish, bacon & chilli burger 18|
|Quinoa & fetta tabouleh 6.5|
Aptly named The Fish Shop, it delivers on simple food with quality ingredients and you'd expect no less from a Merivale establishment. It would appear a tad over-priced but although you'd have better luck going to Pyrmont fish markets and getting the same quality for a fraction of the cost, you are paying for the much more desirable setting and of course the sustainability mentality at Fish Shop which is always a good thing. Their burger however, you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else quite as special. I can picture multiple visits in the future for that burger alone and maybe to try their signature fish and chips and other market specials.
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