To many people (me included) summer means the three S’s: sun, sand and… SEAFOOD!
Personally, I’m a massive seafood fan – from prawns at Christmas to a sizzling seafood BBQ I love it all. And considering we are lucky enough to have an abundance of excellent seafood on our doorstep that I thought it was worth there is just putting together a list of the best places to buy seafood in Brisbane.
One thing you’ll notice as you read through this post is that there’s a lot of history in the Brisbane fish and seafood scene – and that’s because there so many family businesses involved in this industry.
This is GREAT news for you and I because it means that not only do we benefit from generations worth of experience and knowledge. We also get to buy our seafood from people who are are 100% passionate about what they do – which generally means quality produce and a commitment to excellent service.
So read on to find out where to find Brisbane’s best seafood …
Where: 363 Lytton Rd, Morningside
The Fish Factory has been serving the seafood needs of Brisbane’s eastern suburbs since 1976. It was taken over by its current owners, Chris Savvas and Andrew Solomon, in 2008 but was gutted by a devastating fire in 2011. Since then the guys have rebuilt the market bigger and better at a new location, offering an even greater selection of local and imported seafood.
- Oyster shucking available onsite – it doesn’t get fresher than that!
- NEW Market – The Fish Factory opened an all new market at Algester in December. Check it out at 1927 Beaudesert Road, Calamvale.
Where: 15 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Formerly known as Sam’s Seafoods this Brisbane institution was renamed Sammies Girl by Kristina Georges when her father, founder Sam Noutsatos, died 9 years ago.
And while the name may have changed but the quality hasn’t – this place has consistently been pumping our quality seafood since 1984. They don’t have queues going out the door at Christmas time for nothing!
- NEW ADDRESS – from April 2015 Sammies will be moving up the road to the corner of Remora Rd and MacArthur Avenue
- Want to take your catch on holidays? Sammies Girl staff can pack and seal your order in polystyrene eskies specially approved for air travel.
Where: Bird of Passage Parade, Scarborough Boat Harbour
If you’re looking for a one stop seafood shop Morgans is it. Located on the harbour at Scarborough they source much of their seafood straight from local trawlers. In addition to their fresh seafood market Morgans also have function facilities, a seafood takeaway with ample outdoor seating and even a sushi bar!
- Get your seafood delivered! Morgans deliver to a surprisingly wide area (every where from Gympie to the Gold Coast) and have a fab user-friendly online ordering system.
Where: 220 Annerley Road, Dutton Park
The Dutton Park Fish Market is the inner west’s best kept secret. Owners Kel and Shannon White don’t advertise so this is a business that has been built purely on word of mouth! Because they are small and committed to quality their selection changes from day to day but the locals have learnt to come without a list and instead let the produce decide their menu.
- Oysters are shucked to order for maximum freshness
- If you’d like to try out the Fish Kitchen Restaurant & Takeaway then you’d be wise to book ahead – it has limited seating and is very popular!
Where: 2 Zamia Street, Sunnybank
Sunnybank is a Mecca for Asian foodies but you may not have realised that you can also pick up an amazing seafood haul here as well! From massive prawns as big as your hand to sashimi grade yellow fin tuna there’s not much you cant find here.
- This is a great place to source slightly more “out there” seafood varieties including sea urchins and giant turban shells (AKA periwinkles)
At the Markets
Princess Charlotte Seafoods is owned by David Cooper – a former commercial fisherman with over 25 years experience fishing in Queensland waters. Yet another family seafood business! If you’re a regular market-goer you can pick up fresh seafood from these locations…
JAN POWERS FARMERS MARKETS
Brisbane CBD Markets: Every Wednesday 7am to 5.30pm – Brisbane (Redacliff) Square outside the Casino (First market back 28 January 2015)
Brisbane Powerhouse: 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month 6am to 12noon – Lamington Street, NEW FARM (First market back 24 January 2015)
Mitchelton Farmers Markets: 1st Sunday of each month 6am to 12noon Blackwood Street – MITCHELTON (First market back 1 February 2015)
ROCKLEA FRESH FARMERS MARKETS
Every Saturday 6am to 12 noon Sherwood Road, ROCKLEA opposite Brisbane Marketplace (First market back 24 January 2015)
If you’ve got a craving for the tastes of the ocean then I’d highly recommend checking out one of these fantastic Brisbane seafood markets.
Where do you get your seafood? If you know of some amazing fresh seafood in Brisbane, I’d love to hear about it!
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