Nick’s Seafood is iconic and well known for some seriously fresh seafood, they’ve got vans that run back and forwards from Sydney Fish Markets for crying out loud! That’s exactly how fresh their seafood is.
We decided to visit mid-week when it was not so busy, our experience overall was OK.
We ordered the 3-course menu of fresh seafood and a glass of wine for two. It was the Red Balloon Indulgent Seafood Dining Experience. We needed to make a modification to the dessert platter as no gelatine was a requirement.
Nicks Sauvignon Blanc is a decent wine, it’s fresh and dry.
The seafood platter had about 8 mussels with sweet chilli sauce on top (very average in flavour). 2 oysters, ocean fresh but come’on 2 oysters on a platter is just a bit stingy. Half the seafood platter was Octopus, it was tender but nonetheless, it was Octopus cooked 3 ways.
The Moreton Bay Bugs were a little dirty and were not that pleasant to eat. The prawns, while firm, had absolutely no flavour even when salt was added. The 2x small pieces of fish were grilled and tasty but very small. The Scampi was damn good, along with the Tempura Soft Shell Crab .
The Octopus and Calamari were tender, but odd flavored.
The dessert platter promised snickers ice cream, and a range of cakes and dessert items, what we received was half fruit, a baileys creme brulee and sticky date pudding.
Ahh, the service
Our service experience was less than average, while the waiter was friendly to your face, it was difficult to get his attention to order more drinks, and check out was a nightmare.
We were sick of waiting for the wait staff and just wanted to pay and leave, so we got up to pay at the cashier. We had prepaid via Red Balloon and this, of course, did not include the water we had. Upon getting the bill we were charged for desserts and some platter items that were supposed to be covered via the Red Balloon voucher.
When questioned we were asked to be seated back at our table and they will sort it out, once that was sorted we got up again and wanted to leave, nope we had to seat again to pay. It took 20 minutes to pay and leave. What a joke!
Was it worth $159, you get a lot of food for the money. It’s a shame that some of the seafood was not as tasty as expected and there was a bit too much octopus on the platter. The service is pretentious and non-friendly.
On the Platter
- Sydney Rock Oysters (2)
- Half Shell Mussels (8)
- Smoked Salmon (3)
- Avocado and Creme Fraiche (1)
- Kalamata Olives (1)
- Taramasalata with Sonoma Bread (1)
- Cooked and Chilled Moreton Bay Bugs (2)
- Grilled Catch of the Day (Barramundi) (2)
- Chargrilled Octopus (4)
- King Prawns (6)
- Grilled Scampi (2)
- Tempura Soft Shell Crab (2)
- Salt and Pepper Calamari (4)
- Chips and Greek Salad (1)
- Chocolate Coated Crunchy Tiramisu with Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Crunch Filling (did not receive)
- Macaron (did not receive)
- Snickers Ice Cream (did not receive)
- Chocolate and Almond Biscotti (did not receive)
- Creme Brulee of the day (1)
- Seasonal Fruit (1)
- Sticky Date Pudding with Butter Scotch Sauce
Address: Cockle Bay Wharf, T 102, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 1300 989 989
Friday 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11pm
Saturday 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11pm
Monday 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10pm
Tuesday 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10pm
Wednesday 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10pm
Thursday 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10pm