When a seafood restaurant is absolutely brimming with people every night of the week (and even on the same day as the Caxton St Seafood and Wine Festival), then you know they must be dishing up something more than your everyday fish 'n' chips.
Reef Seafood + Sushi at Gasworks Plaza offers such variety — with fresh, made-to-order seafood plates of crayfish, shellfish and fish fillets; Tasmanian, New Zealand and South Australian sourced oysters and imported caviar; as well as fresh nori rolls and sashimi expertly sliced by a team of Japanese chefs — that even the most discerning of seafood aficionados will be impressed.
Specialty dishes include the lobster mornay (a succulent lobster tail smothered in a rich, creamy mornay sauce, topped with cheese and baked until melted, $29) and Reef's own giant seafood platter with calamari, prawns, miso scallops, beer-battered fish fillets, crab claws, lobster, oysters, sashimi and chips. At 99 bucks a pop, it's the perfect option for a group seafood feast.
If you're after something smaller, then you can't go wrong with the crumbed oysters ($15) or a fresh swordfish fillet with house-made lemon butter sauce ($23.90). Served with salad (topped with a delicious Japanese-style sesame dressing) and tangy, crunchy chips, it's a fresh, filling dish that gets in your daily dose of omega-3s.
Set in the relaxed atmosphere of Gasworks with a view of the Gas-o-meter lights and a menu a mile long (as well as a fully stocked bar and cocktail list), Reef is sure to reel you in every time. They certainly got us. Hook, line and sinker.