My backlog of dining experiences waiting to be blogged about is a bit embarrassing. I was most recently reminded of this when I dined at Nick’s Seafood on the weekend. Certain in my mind that I had blogged about it, I searched tediously for the post to only stumble across the photos I had uploaded to Flickr in 2007! Ooops! Having dined at Nick’s seafood on several occasions in the past, I also have fond memories of their stunning seafood platter, but there are strangely no photos of that on my computer anywhere either! Thankfully, my long lunch on Saturday provided an opportunity to create some fresh, delicious memories for me to share with you – not just in the form of a blog post – two lucky Jenius / I Ate My Way Through readers will also win a $150 voucher to dine at any Nick’s Restaurant & Bar Group venue! This includes Nick’s Seafood Restaurant; Cyren Bar, Grill, Seafood; Adria; I’m Angus Steakhouse, Nick’s Bar and Grill; and Stacks Taverna.

Celebrate the launch of the new I Ate My Way Through and win one of two $150 dining vouchers with Nick's Restaurant and Bar Group

It is no secret that I love my seafood. But for special occasions when dining at the Sydney Fish Market just won’t cut it, restaurants such as Nick’s Seafood on Darling Harbour’s Cockle Bay Wharf is a great option. Particularly for large groups, I can’t stress how large this venue is! (It seats 200 outside and 250 inside if you’re a numbers person.)

Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf, Nick's Seafood

Large venue - outdoor seating at Nick's Seafood

We arrive at 12 noon for a long lunch and are immediately greeted with a large display of fish, oysters and crustaceans in the semi-open kitchen.

Fresh seafood display at Nick's Seafood

We start with Nick’s seafood entree platter for two ($80). Grilled baby octopus, chargrilled king prawns, and Florentine and Kilpatrick oysters, everything is screaming fresh and so naturally sweet. I particularly welcome the fragrance of summer in the pineapple and mango salsa and I love that we’re actually relaxed and not needing to eat with a watchful eye for the notorious seagulls at the Sydney Fish Market!

Nick's Seafood entree platter for two

Close up of Nick's Seafood entree platter for two

Close up of kilpatrick oysters at Nick's Seafood

Zen’s grilled fillet steak and king prawns ($48) is served with the perfect dose of scorch marks, a bed of fresh herb and horseradish mash and Bearnaise sauce. As you can see, the menu at Nick’s Seafood is kept fairly traditional but with base ingredients of this quality, simple is fantastic.

Surf and turf at Nick's Seafood

Giant Moreton Bay bugs at Nick's Seafood

My giant grilled Moreton Bay bugs ($68) creates food envy all around. They were serious when they said ‘giant’! Five mammoth halves are served on top of a mixed greens and fennel salad. The meat is incredibly juicy and tender, and feels even more voluminous than a lobster tail! The accompanying garlic butter completely transforms and enhances the dish. I even end up dipping our side of chips ($7) in it.

Side dish of chips at Nick's Seafood

Greek salad at Nick's Seafood

We also have a side Greek salad ($13.50) which is reasonably sized and full of colour, but we probably could have gone without it had I known that my bay bugs were going to be served with a salad.

Unable to fit in one dessert each, we decide to share the vanilla panna cotta with summer berries and raspberry coulis ($14) and finish with coffees. The berries look a bit deflated but the vanilla bean panna cotta is irresistibly luscious and creamy. I wish I hadn’t shared it afterall.

vanilla panna cotta at Nick's Seafood

Coffee at Nick's Seafood

In continuation with our new website launch celebrations, we have two $150 Nick’s Restaurant and Bar Group vouchers up for grabs!

Here’s how you enter the competition. You will receive either one entry or five entries per task you complete, depending on the task. So if you tweet about the giveaway, you’ll get five entries. If you also answer the competition question, you’ll get a total of ten entries, etc. The more times you enter, the bigger your chance is at winning!

Two lucky winners will be drawn at random to each win a $150 voucher to dine at any Nick’s Restaurant & Bar Group venue! This includes Nick’s Seafood Restaurant; Cyren Bar, Grill, Seafood; Adria; I’m Angus Steakhouse, Nick’s Bar and Grill; and Stacks Taverna.

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Nick’s Seafood
The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf
Darling Harbour, NSW
Phone: 1300 989 989

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I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Sweaty Betty PR and Nick’s Restaurant & Bar Group

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.

Fresh is best! Look for clear eyes and a sweet smell in fish, get oysters shocked as recently as possible and speak to your fishmonger about what they're eating that week!

Mademoiselle in Sydney
Mademoiselle in Sydney

Moreton bay bug is my favourite type of seafood... It does not exist in Europe, so I got to try it only once I moved to Australia!!! :)


Fresh is best! Smell the fish (should only smell like the sea) and look for a shimmer on the flesh to make sure it's fresh.


The best way to eat prawns is definitely BBQ'd with the shells on :)


As someone with a shellfish allergy for me it's all about fresh fish cooked beautifully. Going to a reputable wholesaler is my best tip.


I like to season the flesh side of my salmon with freshly ground pepper and a pinch of sea salt, then cook it in the pan with coconut oil :) It is such a healthier alternative as it is healthier for the body -- improving blood lipid profiles and manages high cholesterol :)


As our Asian forefathers and foremothers would say: 'EAT ALL THE SEAFOOD' at buffets.


i love seafood because it is so versatile! the food here looks stunning!

Siaw Wei
Siaw Wei

i would LOVE to eat those GIANT BAY BUGS!!!!

Simon Food Favourites
Simon Food Favourites

Oysters are always best freshly shucked and not washed under water to appreciate the brine


Great comp! Form a relationship with your fish monger, and find out when they source their produce from the markets.


seems like i havent had seafood in ages lol. YUM