It had been a while since I had last visited Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Darling Harbour. A full year in fact. Unlike Jordan’s Seafood Restaurant across the water, which has since closed down, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is still just as busy as ever.
Walking into restaurant you are very quickly engulfed by the buzz and chatter of a house full of seafood loving customers. Not exactly a place to have a quiet romantic dinner while whispering sweet nothings to your loved one, but absolutely brilliant if you want to enjoy good food while having a laugh with friends and family.
The menu at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is definitely on the larger side, though no where near as big as Crinitis! Being a seafood restaurant, most of the dishes are of the seafood variety (duh!), however, there are still some dishes on the menu for those who aren’t that way inclined. On this occasion I ordered the following:
Crab Ravioli ($21.50)
Wilted Baby Spinach and Pernod Cream
After seeing the Crab Ravioli being brought out to the table next to ours, I couldn’t help but choose it as my entree. Apart from the rather large slab of baby spinach leaves in the middle, the dish looked very appealing at first sight. And in terms of the taste, I found it to be very rich with flavour. Not the best ravioli ever, however, still very enjoyable.
Blue Eye Cod Fillet ($43.00) – Pictured at the top
Pan Seared on Creamy Mash, Dill Cream, Sauteed Fennel and Leek
Now this was a hard selection to make. Nick’s Seafood offer so many variaties of fish to choose from. You’ve got Flathead, Barramundi, Snapper, Salmon, John Dory, King George Whiting, Tuna as well as the usual Prawns, Calamari, Mussels and Scallops. It took me about 5mins to decide, but I finally settled on the Blue Eye Cod Fillet. And after I seeing the rest of the table receive their plates, I was very happy with my choice!
While most of the fish fillet dishes were rather small in portion, mine definitely wasn’t. There were three large slices of juicy, delicious Blue Eye Cod fillets surrounded by rich, creamy mash. The softness of the fish and mash, combined with the crunch of the funnel was beautiful. All in all a very tasty dish.
Warm Custard and Mixed Berry Crumble ($14.00)
With Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
After having such a nice main meal, I was very exciting about my desert. On paper it sounded oh so yummy. Warm custard. Check! Mixed berry crumble. Check! And vanilla bean ice cream. Check check check! Unfortunately, what came out was an atrocity :( The desert was just a complete mishmash of all the ingredients. You could barely taste the custard because it was overpowered by the abundance of mixed berries swimming throughout. The crumble looked like it was just scraped off the bottom of a tray and thrown on top without a care in the world. I guess the only good thing was the little biscuit on top of the ice cream.
Now even though the desert sucked bigtime, my overall experience at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant was a pleasant one. The entree and main meals were delicious and the service was very friendly and attentive. And although you pay a premium for everything because of the restaurant’s waterfront location, it is still a place I’d visit from time to time.