What is better than eating fresh Australian seafood? Doing so with a water view! Located on the Kingston Foreshore, C Seafood & Oyster Bar has one of the best dining spots in Canberra, with uninterrupted Lake Burley Griffin views out to the Carillon.
With an exciting lineup of great value winter specials, and an emphasis on share plates it felt like the perfect time to visit and get our fill of fresh seafood and oysters.
The Chef’s Choice menu is a great way to taste test their newly revamped menu that emphasises the share plates. For $65 per person the Chef Kuek Shaoyi & Chef Dan Keogh ‘surprise’ you with some of their favourite seasonal dishes.
On the winter’s evening we visited, we had a cosy window seat indoors. Quickly forgetting the chill outside, we settled in for an evening of ‘surprises’ and attentive staff.
After checking if we had any allergies or food aversions, our meal(s) came out, we ate:
Freshly Shucked Oysters
Kingfish Sashimi – Hiramasa Kingfish, dill pickles, orange marmalade, wasabi cheese custard, vegemite soy glaze
Calamari – Fried, salt n pepper dusted, shallots, chilli, black beans
BBQ Whole Prawns – Whole BBQ prawns on hot rocks, lemon herb butter, grilled lemon, peel yourself
Kimchi Pancake – Mussels, oysters, kimchi, coriander, wasabi mayo
Succulent Lamb – Twice cooked shoulder, green pea puree, taramasalata, buttered green peas, red wine jus
Octopus – Chargrilled octopus, green chutney potatoes.
I loved the variety of dishes and flavours, and even though they all tasted quite different they all had a common thread of being simply but beautifully prepared – they made the ingredients shine. We certainly tried a few dishes that I would not have ordered if left to my own devices – the Hiramasa Kingfish sashimi complete with its vegemite(!!!) soy glaze was one particular example. But it just worked, with the saltiness of the vegemite and the crunch of the pickle – it was slightly addictive and I found myself eating more than my fair share!
Then we had dessert, because hello; dessert! One Raspberry Mille Fuille with orange, cardaomon, raspberry, cream Chantilly and one Brulee with Madgascan vanilla bean, caramelised bananas, dulce de leche, pate sable perfectly capped off the evening.
Hungry for more? Some of the other winter offerings C Seafood & Oyster Bar are pretty tempting as well:
Buck a Shuck
This has been a longtime favourite of the So Frank team – Freshly shucked $1 natural oysters every Friday 5pm to 7pm
Delicious Eden mussels (1/2 kg – $15 or 1 kg – $25) with hot parsley salted chips & aioli all day Sunday from noon to late. We loved the taste we had of the Singapore Chilli Mussels
The Ultimate Sunday Feast served either for lunch or dinner. For $65 per person, all meals are served to share banquet style.
*Minimum of 36 hours notice and 10 people.
Truffle, Caviar & Wine
For a truly special and indulgent experience how about a Truffle, Caviar & Wine degustation?
For $250 per person, enjoy a 7 course degustation with paired wine and special guest’s, Fergus McGhie from Mt Majura Vineyard, Jayson Mesman from The Truffle Farm and Janet Gavey from The Essential Ingredient.
Thursday the 28th of July 6:30pm. To book call C Seafood & Oyster Bar (02) 6239 5299
30 minute Eat “n” Run Lunch
Short on time for lunch? Well on Tuesday through to Friday 12pm – 2:30pm, for just $20 per person, you can choose from either a land, sea or vegetarian board and all boards include dessert!!
C Seafood & Oyster Bar
17/19 Eastlake Parade Kingston
02 6239 5299
*Sophia enjoyed the Chef’s Choice menu as a guest of C Seafood & Oyster Bar