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The best places for all your seafood needs
Alex Mitcheson | April 1, 2022
With the Easter long weekend approaching, there is a quintessential part of Australian tradition that needs no introduction: seafood.
Whether you’re the type to barbecue some of the freshest prawns available, salt bake an entire fish, or enjoy an oyster with a glass of Champagne — before gorging on everything else you’ve lined up — you’ll be acutely aware of how important the very best produce is for your gathering.
A fixture that cannot, and should not, be changed.
Luckily for us, the Gold Coast has a great selection of seafood retailers who have intimate access to nearby trawlers and the very best merchants in the country.
Here is our take on the best places you can visit to ensure the freshest bounty of the ocean is on your table.
This vibrant shopping space of all things seafood has attracted much attention from locals who simply adore their incredible selection. Not only will you find some of the best fish available through their exclusive network of suppliers, but you’ll also have the chance to take home extremely hard to find Marron from Western Australia and hand-dived Abalone from the pristine coastlines of Tasmania. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s dry-aged, smoked, and sashimi prepared fish for something different.
One of the very biggest seafood retailers in Queensland, Charis Seafoods has been supplying the freshest of foods to hungry locals for over 13 years — and things don’t look like they’ll change anytime soon. The assortment of available goods is staggering, but to make things easier, they are renowned for creating plentiful platters for you to take home — taking the pain out of having to decide!
This family-owned and operated business have over 40 years experience of selling seafood. Daily offerings include fresh prawns, large range of fresh fillets and whole local fish (which can be filleted and cleaned by their friendly staff at no charge). Indulge at the Sashimi bar offering Tuna, Salmon and Kingfish or pick up a pre-made pack.
Being centrally located on the Isle of Capri makes an excursion for great seafood a breeze when you pay a visit to The Fish Emporium. And if you’ve been out wetting some lines but with no success, you can stop by in your boat on the way home and pick up some prized produce — don’t worry, we won’t tell. Aside from delicious takeaway and sit-in options, the retail offering showcases excellent fish from all over the country and New Zealand waters.
The Gold Coast Fisherman’s Co-Op has long been a favourite for locals to grab the freshest catch right off the trawlers. Your best bet is to get in early to avoid disappoint. Offering the freshest Eastern King Prawns, Tiger Prawns, School Prawns, Spanner Crabs, Squid, Octopus, Cuttlefish, Pinkies, Balmain Bugs and other crabs on occasion. Head down to the trawlers daily from 6.30am and don’t forget your cash.
Fresh seafood available daily at The Fish Emporium
The Fish Emporium serving up a catch at Capri on Via Roma.
Drop in here for freshly prepared sashimi or oysters hand shucked right before your eyes. The knowledge and experience around their produce is first-class at this Southport based purveyor of ocean delicacies. You only need to consider the fact their two most senior staff have 50 years of experience between them, not to mention their qualified Japanese seafood chef has nearly the same just himself! Safe to say, your saltwater cravings are in good hands here.
One of the city’s best loved merchants of the sea has been enjoyed not only by locals but just as many visitors over the years. With their picturesque location on the Broadwater, you can drop what you’re doing and enjoy some of the best fish and chips the Gold Coast has to offer. However, if you’re on a mission for something to take home, you’ll be spoilt with over 14 different species of fish and options such as crabs, bugs, squid, octopus, and more, from Australian, Asian, and New Zealand shores.