Put your hand up if you love seafood…….Me Too!
As a kid our family would frequently go to Doyles at Watson’s Bay for most birthdays during the warmer summer months, and boy was it a treat. I recall when I was 12, a growing boy with a healthy appetite when I tackled the Seafood Platter for Two. I could never knock it off on my own, so Grandma would always be more than happy to help me out. Those were definitely the days…….I certainly miss them.
October was my Birthday, and as I love my seafood I couldn’t think of a better place to have it than Doyles. Other than the seafood, our main concern was the rain and awful weather, so we decided on Doyles @ The Quay. It’s a good spot as it has plenty of cover and is close to Sydney Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe’ so needless to say the wife was more than happy.
The weather ended up being perfect, the view of the harbour always sensational on a day like this and the company…..well that goes without saying 🙂
We started with a nice beer & cocktail before kicking off with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to nicely compliment a dozen Pacific Oysters. Boy were we impressed!
These bad boys were massive although not quite as big as the oysters we get on holidays in Phuket, Thailand which are usually about the size of your palm. Nice and plump with the right amount of lemon juice and pink river salt flakes, this was the perfect way to start our lunch. I’d never eaten oysters before with this type of salt and enjoyed it so much we bought a box to keep at home.
Just as we were finishing up the oyster starter they brought out our cold seafood platter for two. Seriously, how much food can we eat? Apparently a lot as we destroyed this piece of art. Looks good aye?
We weren’t expecting oysters on the platter and could probably have done without them after our starter, although we had no problem finishing them off. My wife and I make a good team as she doesn’t like smoked salmon and I’m not a huge lover of mussels, so we traded off quite well.
Being the first time she’s ever eaten lobster, it was another great way to enjoy the day and the seafood. Everything tasted just right and there were no complaints what-so-ever…..we’ll definitely be back and recommend Peter Doyle @ The Quay to anyone. The service was good, not fantastic as I would expect from a restaurant of this calibre and location considering the amount of competition on the area; it wouldn’t prevent me from coming back, that’s for sure.
Next month it’s the wife’s Birthday, so we might be back here or it’s off to Doyles at Watson’s Bay.
Photos by Trent Carpenter
Disclaimer: Food Assault were paying diners at Peter Doyle at The Quay. Opinions are Food Assault’s own.