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The Saint Peter Team's Sustainable Fish and Chip Shop Charcoal Fish Is Opening Next Week

Josh and Julie Niland's new fish and chip shop will serve up yellowfish tuna cheeseburgers, plus rotisserie Murray cod and gravy rolls.
By Ellen Seah and Ben Hansen
September 09, 2021
By Ellen Seah and Ben Hansen
September 09, 2021

Sourcing restaurant-quality takeaway is a tall order at the best of times. The team behind Paddington favourite, Saint Peter, is looking to change that with their latest venture — Charcoal Fish. The Rose Bay outpost headed up by co-owners Josh and Julie Niland is set to open on Wednesday, September 15, initially for takeaway-only for those within five kilometres of the venue, but as restrictions ease, the 26-seat seafood spot will also house indoor and outdoor dining.

Charcoal Fish is the seafood equivalent of your neighbourhood charcoal chicken shop, with a menu featuring Aquna Murray Cod from Griffith, a sleepy regional town in the NSW's northwest colloquially known as the food bowl of Australia. The cod has been specifically chosen for its grill-ablity and stability in transit — each cod is in for a six-hour journey from home to Rose Bay. The Aquna Murray Cod also gives the Nilands the ability to use up to 95 percent of each fish, in line with the same nose-to-tail philosophy at Saint Peter.

Gravy will be extracted from fish heads, frames and fins — and lathered over floury rolls stuffed with boneless cod fillets, stuffing and crispy skin. Rotisserie whole cod, grilled cod wings served with fermented tamarind hot sauce and a unique yellowfin tuna cheeseburger are some of the other menu highlights.

Saint Peter, Nikki To

As is customary with your neighbourhood takeaway store, there will be options that feed the whole family and a next-level kids menu, however the family meals at Charcoal Fish might set you back a little more than your typical fish and chip combo. The $120 whole Murray cod fillet feeds six people and comes with pickles, baps and chips on the side. If there's just the two of you home for the night, you can opt for just the quarter cod with sides for $30.

A rotating selection of salads and chargrilled veggies like grilled leeks and green garlic, corn polenta and radicchio with sweet and sour grilled grapes, along with and a generous beverage list, round out the menu. A range of craft beers including Saint Peters' own Sea Spray Ale created with Lord Nelson will be available alongside a selection of wines and cocktails from Matt Whiley and his sustainability-focused bar RE-. Whiley has concocted two special cocktails for the occasion — a Charcoal Fish old-fashioned and a Saint Peter martini.

Josh Niland's Fish Butchery, Cody Duncan

Charcoal Fish will open from Wednesday, September 15 at 670 New South Head Road, Rose Bay. Initially, they will open 12–3.30pm and 5–8.30pm from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Published on September 09, 2021 by Ellen Seah
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