The Fish Shop is located on Challis Ave in Potts Point, run by Bistro CBD executive chef Jeremy Strode. It’s just one in a long line of restaurants from Merivale and like most of their places they use a tried and tested formula. Pick a theme, hire some good staff, drop in one their many talented chefs and the people will come. In this case the theme is seafood and the decor can best be described as maritime kitsch, but I like it and overall it’s got a good vibe.
Jeremy Strode is known for letting the ingredients do the talking and it shows in the dishes here, not a lot of over complication which I think is the only way to do it when it comes to seafood.
You have to start with the croquettes, these crunchy little golden torpedoes were listed by Broadsheet in the top 10 under $10 eats for Potts Point and with one bite you can understand why, crumbed piping hot parcels of potato and fish.
Dan’s famous cheeseburger, Dan being Dan Hong who ran Lotus before it closed and Fish shop opened in its place. Due to popular demand they kept it on the menu, it’s been voted the best cheeseburger in Sydney by many peeps but I’ll let you make up your own mind. I like it because the meat is cooked medium rare which you don’t often find in restaurants these days, people seem to be scared of a little blood but if you want to actually taste the meat your eating you gotta be willing to get some blood on your hands.
I have been wanting to try these literally since this place opened. They have a rotating specials board which they normally post to their Facebook page but I never seem to visit at the right time. I was in luck though recently when I decided to drop by on a whim and when I saw these on the board I didn’t need to look at the menu. Tiny school prawns fried in their shells served with smoked garlic mayo. They were just as I imagined, super moreish and crispy. They’re like the salted peanut of the ocean and would go perfectly with a few alcoholic beverages.
Given the name I didn’t expect there to be a lot of vegetarian options at The Fish Shop so I had a word to the waitress who was very gracious and offered to have the kitchen make a pasta up for my vegetarian friend, she asked what we liked and the result was this. Olives, cherry tomatoes, red onions, basil and a hint of chilli. It was super light and fresh and something they should probably consider adding to the menu.
These were ordered from the specials board on an earlier visit, fresh clams in a light Asian chilli broth and that’s about as much as I recall.
The ice cream sandwich was a little uninspiring to be honest, it looked like the old Monaco bar from back in the day so I had high hopes, but it was rock hard and felt like it had been in the freezer too long. The salted caramel sauce was the saving grace but overall not their best work.
The Fish Shop is a great place that I’ve been to many times and will continue to visit, all the staff I’ve dealt with have been very accommodating which goes a long way in my books, but at the end of the day it’s about the food and this place rarely puts a foot wrong.
The Fish Shop
22 Challis Ave
Potts Point NSW 2011