Canberra seafood.

bigfish 20 July 2008 33

Just to let you know most seafood caught on NSW Coast is sent to Sydney and Melbourne fish markets after which they are distributed by wholesalers in major towns which basically means Canberra gets very good quality and variety of seafood before a lot of the towns along the coast.

Lot of the seafood is flown in overnight. ie Coffin bay oysters from SA. Salmon and Ocean Trout from TAS. Morton Bay Bug from QLD so on so on.

We are getting damn good seafood the only thing you need to check with restaurant is if they are able to source this supply and are serving it to you?


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jsk78 jsk78 2:36 pm 19 Jun 12

liability said :

I tried the place at Kippax out last week. It is on the road opposite the main shopping centre where there is a row of smaller shops.

The oysters were nice, but the cooked tiger prawns were crap. The prawns were flavourless and the shells were soft, which I suspect could have indicated that they were past their prime?

I have since spoken to a couple of people that have bought seafood there and it appears that the quality of the product varies greatly, some weeks it is great, other weeks it is below par.

telissa78 said :

Canberra seafood….most people love to eat fresh seafood or oysters. I found that a new nw seafood and oyster just opened on the northsde (Kippax) have the freshest and finest seafood around. Their oysters are freshly shucked on-site and the fishes are fresh not frozen…

You must have bought the vanamai prawns they are frozen then thawed but the freshly cooked tiger prawns and crystal bay prawns are fresh i bought from them several times and was very pleased with the taste and freshness.

liability liability 8:40 am 17 Nov 11

I tried the place at Kippax out last week. It is on the road opposite the main shopping centre where there is a row of smaller shops.

The oysters were nice, but the cooked tiger prawns were crap. The prawns were flavourless and the shells were soft, which I suspect could have indicated that they were past their prime?

I have since spoken to a couple of people that have bought seafood there and it appears that the quality of the product varies greatly, some weeks it is great, other weeks it is below par.

telissa78 said :

Canberra seafood….most people love to eat fresh seafood or oysters. I found that a new nw seafood and oyster just opened on the northsde (Kippax) have the freshest and finest seafood around. Their oysters are freshly shucked on-site and the fishes are fresh not frozen…

telissa78 telissa78 10:44 pm 16 Nov 11

Canberra seafood….most people love to eat fresh seafood or oysters. I found that a new nw seafood and oyster just opened on the northsde (Kippax) have the freshest and finest seafood around. Their oysters are freshly shucked on-site and the fishes are fresh not frozen…

tranvo tranvo 3:30 pm 15 Jun 11

If you are after fresh live northern territory mudcrabs, try out canberra based “Mr. Crab”
http://www.mrcrab.com.au

The crabs come direct from Northern Territory and they supply to various restaurants around canberra town

gin188 gin188 4:04 pm 08 Jan 09

I have always been a regular customer of Blueseas for the last 5 years . Despite minor mistakes which they rectified immediately every time .I don”t have any problem with their quality or prices . i also put an order in this festive season and was quote a price different from yours ( they told me around $ 42+ ) and they did inform me that they would not be able to confirm the price until the afternoon of 23 December because of market situations ( which we all know unless you are buying frozen products ). At the same time I also got a quote from the Fyshwick Markets, and they quoted me $35 for Tiger Prawns of a different quality. From my experiences with Blueseas i always been happy and find them very honest and fair . I am quite surprised that you accused them of holding your Christmas lunch to ransom!!

Mickle Mickle 10:48 am 24 Dec 08

I’d always heard good things about Blue Seas in Fyshwick. Ordered my prawns from Christmas lunch there last week and was twice quoted $35 a kilo. Paid a deposit of $50. Partner went to pick the order up this morning and was asked to pay an extra $13 a kilo or else he couldn’t take the prawns. He paid it. God knows what happened to the quoted price, but they were effectively holding our Christmas lunch to ransom.

Have complained – no result yet and I don’t expect to hear from them for days, if at all . Fair Trading reckon there may not be much I can do as I didn’t get a written quote. I didn’t think I should have to get a written quote for 2 kilos of prawns from an apparently reputable business, but there you go.

A warning to all others!

poptop poptop 12:59 pm 29 Oct 08

Damn – should be ‘sold its name’.

Sorry grammar sticklers.

poptop poptop 12:58 pm 29 Oct 08

Fisho King at Southlands sold it’s name and is now trading as The Naked Fish. It was written up in the CT a couple of months back as the best fish and chip shop in Canberra – well worth the trek from the Northside. It does do great fish.

It is closed Mondays and it is a take-away (so only has a couple of tables and doesn’t take reservations).

I buy smoked ocean trout from the Griffith butcher. He smokes the fish himself and it is the best I’ve tasted.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 12:43 pm 29 Oct 08

Ant, that van at Wanniassa used to be good, but the guy sold it to a couple of young blokes who don’t have the same business plan – believing what consumers really want is frozen product cooked in old oil. We used to go there heaps, not any more though – it’s just not worth what you pay. On the up side, the queue is almost non existent these days!

Jim Jones Jim Jones 12:22 pm 29 Oct 08

The fish and chips joint in Charnwood is surprisingly good. Definitely worth checking out if you’re willing to climb over the stabbing victims littering the shopping centre.

frontrow frontrow 12:17 pm 29 Oct 08

There used to be a shop at Mawson that was good. “Fisho King” or something similar from memory. Haven’t been there for a while, though.

realityskin realityskin 11:47 am 29 Oct 08

Oh and to add to the Blue Seas kudos, got a nice slab of Sashimi tuna there yesterday, YUM.

realityskin realityskin 11:44 am 29 Oct 08

Anyone been to Oyster Haven in Fyshwick ?

Gary Barnes Gary Barnes 4:16 pm 21 Jul 08

A hell of a lot of the Japanese fish has been air-freighted from Australian fisheries

Yes, though we import a lot of fish as well. From my reading of the stats, mostly, we export to Japan (and others) our high-value, well-handled fish; and import cheap bulk frozen fish and prawns.

On my brief sojourns to Japan, I saw fish from Oz at supermarkets, in much better condition than Oz fish in Canberra’s fish shops. So, if we can do it for export, lets see if we can do it for local consumption. Of course, both in Japan and here, you can get crap fish. Its just that in Canberra, its unreasonably difficult get good fish, even if you are willing to pay.

I think its a bit like premium grass-fed beef: both consumers and suppliers have a part to play in establishing a market that works.

In Canberra, Blue Seas is better than most; and Belco markets has better stuff than Fyshwick. But there isn’t much consistency, even there.

nicolae nicolae 11:36 am 21 Jul 08

I always get seafood from Blue Seas in Leeton St, Fyshwick. In my opinion it’s much better quality (i.e. better aroma and flavour) than anything you can get at the Fyshwick markets, in the city or in Woden (can’t comment on Belconnen markets). The prices are also really good. They have excellent smoked salmon there as well, that they pack themselves.

Bungle Bungle 10:32 pm 20 Jul 08

It is still there. I saw it the other night in the Shell servo car park. I think it used to be in Kambah many years ago and did pretty good fish and chips. There was always a queue.

ant ant 10:05 pm 20 Jul 08

Some dob ins of current good fish shops would be good right now! A while back, there was a caravan at the wanniassa shops late in the week at dinner time, with massive queues due to the freshness of the fish (and the freshness of the oil). Dunno if it’s sitll going though.

Sometimes there’s a ute flogging oysters next to the river as you go past Duntroon…

bigred bigred 8:40 pm 20 Jul 08

eat more meat

Aeek Aeek 8:01 pm 20 Jul 08

I remember when Canberra fruit & veg were disgusting because they too all went via the Sydney markets.

johnboy johnboy 6:36 pm 20 Jul 08

Ahh, someone remembers.

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