I was feeling like eating fish (I pretty much always do). love.fish had been in my radar for a long while but didn’t get the time and patience to step out of my comfort geographical zone until recently. I think I first read of love.fish in one of my eating out guides, and was immediately attracted to their philosophy of utilising local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.
Their takeaway option seems to be very popular with the locals. That’s a fancy takeaway bag on top of the scale-tiled counter.
It took me about an hour to get there from work by bus. Alvaro arrived late (it took him about an hour to get there from home by car!) and for the first time I did not get angry because it was the perfect excuse to sip a Dirty Granny while I waited.
Dirty Granny cider ($8)
I must have read the menu a dozen times, so when Al arrived I was ready to order. We started with four New season Camden Haven live rock oysters, which were not very big but definitely fresh.
New season Camden Haven live rock oysters ($3 each)
Fish comes either battered or grilled (in some cases you can pick) and with nothing else but a wedge of lemon. That’s great because you get to choose a side that appeals the most to you. Unfortunately it also means that you end up spending a little bit more.
We chose fish that we don’t usually eat: NSW Palmers Island mulloway and QLD mahi mahi fillet, both grilled. Both were fantastic, extremely fresh and simply cooked to perfection.
Grilled NSW Palmers Island mulloway ($19)
Grilled QLD mahi mahi fillet ($18)
We also had a pickled radish, green beans, apple, and watercress salad that was fantastic. The sweetness of the paper-thin slices of apple went really well with the sour and crunchy radishes and the tangy vinaigrette.
Pickled radish, green beans, apple, watercress ($9)
We planned to have potato chips but when we asked if they were gluten-free, the waitress said they sometimes fry them in the same oil used for battered food. Staff has a copy of the menu that indicates which items are gluten-free. Great stuff. We decided to avoid the possibility of gluten in the chips and ordered the roasted kipflers with rosemary, garlic and Murray River salt, which were probably the best potatoes I’ve had outside of Perú. We loved them so much that we ordered a second serving and ate them on their own.
Roasted kipflers, rosemary, garlic, Murray River salt ($10)
580 Darling Street
Sydney NSW 2039
(02) 9818 7777