Crown Street Fish Shop, Surry Hills

Surry Hills’ Crown Street Fish Shop may not have the ocean views of your local seaside fish ‘n’ chippy, but the quality and freshness of its seafood is bound to hook you in.

As will its battered Mars Bar dessert. But more on that later.

First, let’s discuss the name. Pretty straight forward what this venture’s all about, but one thing you should know is that Crown Street Fish Shop bears no relation to The Fish Shop in Pott’s Point.

Though it does bear one pretty big relation to another Sydney institution: Toko.

In a way, you could say that Crown Street Fish Shop is Toko’s little sister. It’s the latest brainchild of Amanda Yazbek, who is literally Toko owner Matt Yazbek’s little sister. The venture came about after Amanda realised there was a gap in the Surry Hills market for a casual eatery where diners had the choice to order takeaway fish ‘n’ chips with a beer or of dine a la carte on sashimi and a glass of white.

Washed in hues of white and blue, and decorated with old wooden signs and thick shipping ropes, Crown Street Fish Shop screams of the ocean.

Tasting Notes
The quest for fish and chips on Crown St is over, thanks to Crown Street Fish Shop

The vibe: Friendly and casual

Cuisine: Seafood

Ideal for: Mums, bubs, friendly catch-ups and $1 oyster eaters

Try the...Tuna tartare, caviar, potato chips ($16)

By the way... $1 oysters on Monday from 5pm, and 4 Corona Extras w/ a bucket of prawns daily ($40)

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Two menu boards serve to provide you with the standard food fare, though it’s much easier to pick up the paper versions of the menu at the door and make your decision while standing in the queue.

Yes, queue.

The guys behind this one are aiming to keep it fresh and minimal, so there’s no table service. Like at your local fish ‘n’ chippy, you’ll order and pay at the counter, pick up your number – which comes in the form of a children’s fishing rod – and wait for your meal to be served. (No buzzers or calling names from counters, phew!)

The menu has everything and more than your typical fish shop will do. May we say here that the starters are pretty damn phenomenal. Anyone who’s not picky about having their fish served raw should order the sashimi w/ truffle ponzu and the tuna tartare w/ caviar and potato chips. Share or don’t share, either way both meals will slide down your throat and make home in one happy little belly.

The mains aim to please all, and include standard favourites like battered fish and chips and one of the freshest barramundi burgers this side of the ocean. Both meals seem to be on everyone’s order for lunch, and we don’t blame you if it’s on yours, too.

There’s Wagyu cheeseburgers and hot dogs available for anyone who’s finicky about fish. Though, if you’re not, your eye should be on the special’s board.

Depending on what seafood Crown Street Fish Shop’s been lucky enough to source, your specials today could include anything from grilled Crystal Bay prawns to John Dory. Pro tip: when it comes to fish, it is all in the sauces. Lucky for you, Crown Street Fish Shop’s chef has kindly matched these to perfection (e.g. caper salsa for the prawns, and kale and dill sauce for the Dory). Though, if you really must, you can buy an extra dipper according to taste: cocktail, garlic aioli, lemon aioli, chipotle mayo sauce – anyone?

As they say, the world is your oyster.

Speaking of oysters, this joint sells them for $1 each. Monday nights only, until sold out.

When they do, it’s that battered Mars Bar or bust.


Address: Shop 500 Crown St, Surry Hills

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm

Phone number: (02) 9357 2573

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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