After our intense breakfast, Queen V and I decided to have a lighter lunch at the infamous Sydney Fish Market, which has been highly endorsed by numerous colleagues of mine. Again, we underestimated the long hike from Cafe Cre Asion, and ended up only arriving at around midday, to find it packed to the top with visitors and tourists.
There was quite a lot of fresh seafood for sale in addition to cooked food, but of course our attention was drawn towards the sushi and sashimi.
There was a large variety of sushi packs which were all $10 each. It took 20 minutes of lining up before we were able to get two packs.
The sashimi store, being just next to it, had a parallel line next to the sushi line. After lining up for the sushi line, I waited another 20 minutes in line to make a first attempt to order sashimi. After getting to the top of the line, the employees thought that the lines with the sushi store had gotten mixed up, and myself and a couple of customers were told to get back to the end of the line. Not wanting to make a scene or ruin a good day out, we begrudgingly got back to the end of the line. After another 30 minutes or so of lining up, again we got to the top of the line, and for some reason the employees tried to tell us to get to the end of the line again. Having lost her patience, another customer angrily told the staff that we had actually already lined up for sashimi twice. It was only then that we finally got served (even though it was still in quite a rude manner). Needless to say, I was quite shocked and disappointed that the service in such an iconic tourist attraction could possibly be so bad.
Being greeted with an abrupt "what do you want then?" I was finally able to place my order for sashimi. The staff then sliced the sashimi in accordance to the amount you had ordered.
Roe, ginger and soy sauce was provided on the side for extra charge.
After battling our way in, battling our way to get served, we had another fight to find appropriate seating to eat. In the end, we were unable to secure a table, and settled on eating on a third chair between the two of us.
Despite the environment and bad service, the spread was still very impressive.
Queen V had 100g of Salmon, and 100g of tuna, accompanied by premixed soy sauce with wasabi. She really enjoyed the freshness of the fish, and said that the tuna was one of the best she'd ever had.
On the other hand I had 200g of salmon. Despite all that had happened, it was still probably one of the freshest, tastiest sashimi that I've had before. For the price of $10, I had close to 20 decent sized slices, which meant it was also great value for money. Topping it with tobiko meant that there was an added crunch to the texture of the fish.
Being the salmon addict that I am, I also got a salmon avocado roll. Despite the fact it was chilled on ice, the large turnover of people ensured that the rice and fish were still very very fresh, and the sushi was sold well before the rice was allowed to harden. The toppings were fresh and ample in quantity, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our set of assorted nigiri was also very delicious. There was an assortment of shellfish, prawns and grilled fish, seasoned with mayonnaise and tobiko. I enjoyed the added condiments on the sushi, especially after the sashimi, and the grilled bits on the rice were also crispy and tasty.
Price Range: $15 - $25pp