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Posted October 3, 2013 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Occasion
 
 

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar’s Good Food Month event: Harbourside Beach Barbie

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Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is hosting its first Good Food Month event! On offer every Saturday during the month of October, families and friends can enjoy a sumptuous BBQ seafood feast against Sydney Harbour’s stunning backdrop, without a hefty price tag! A fantastic way to play tourist in your own city!

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar is one of those venues that fly under the radar in comparison to nearby neighbours Aria and Guillaume at Bennelong. Fair enough, it’s a lot less fancy in ambiance, but who needs that when you’re dining alfresco, basking in the warmth of Sydney’s perfect spring warmth?

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar entrance

As the BBQ is turned on, the deliciously alluring haze wafts along East Circular Quay. Just follow your nose if you aren’t sure where SCOB is.

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar alfresco seating

Food-wise, we’re talking about a focus on local produce. Head chef Rhys Ward, a true-blue Bondi lifesaver (when he’s not in the kitchen), says he hasn’t done anything particularly chefy with the food and he’s right, it’s casual, relaxed, and mostly ‘what you see is what you get’.

We start with freshly shucked oysters; Pacific oysters from Coffin Bay in South Australia and Sydney Rock oysters from Pambula in the South Coast of NSW. Au natural is the best way to enjoy oysters and these are divine. Wedges of lemon, a merlot vinaigrette and bottles of Tabasco are readily available.

Freshly shucked oysters - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Beer and wine - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Keeping to the backyard barbie theme, drinks are even served from ice-chilled Eskies! There are beers by Sydney Brewery from World Square Sydney and wines by Simon Gilbert from Orange NSW.

There’s also the iconic ‘shrimp on the barbie’. An abundance of succulent large king prawns, shells on, are spread over the flaming barbecue and served with just the right amount of charred goodness. A variety of mayonnaise makes its way around the table, a favourite being the subtly spicy chipotle mayo.

Shrimp on the barbie  - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

BBQ prawns - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

We then move onto the meat course with plentiful marinated lamb skewers being dished from the BBQ. The lamb isn’t too lamby if you know what I mean. It’s fragrant and juicy, and I welcome the token vegetables on the skewers.

Lamb skewers - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Lamb skewers on a plate - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Octopus salad - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Ticking all the boxes, there’s also a salad. Curious of how the chef managed to pull off such gorgeously tender octopus, he reveals that there was a chef’s touch. They were first sous-vide! I’ll have to keep that in mind when cooking octopus at a BBQ next time!

The octopus salad is surprisingly the best rated dish among the kids present. It’s textural, zingy and so inviting. I love the fresh summery combination of fresh mint, Spanish onion, bean sprouts, pineapple and cashew nuts.

Lemon gelato queue - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Last but not least, scoops of lemon gelato are served on cute wafer cones!

Kids and lemon gelato - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Lemon gelato and view - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

Jen and Zen from I Ate My Way Through  - Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Harbourside Beach Barbie, Good Food Month 2013 event

The Harbourside Beach Barbie is $55 per person (excludes drinks) and will be running throughout Good Food Month every Saturday (October 5, 12, 19 & 26) between 12-3pm. Bookings are recommended.

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar
Lot 1, East Circular Quay, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9247 2937
Web: sydneycoveoysterbar.com

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I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Sydney Cove Oyster Bar


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.