The well-established Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro has recently revamped its fish market – one door away from the bistro– into a cosy neighbourhood casual eatery, with the market section found at the rear of the eatery.

Experienced fish and oyster mongers are kept busy scaling and shucking, with chefs whipping up delicious dishes.

Specialising in cold-water fish and seasonal seafood, the market has regular air deliveries from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America and local waters. Look for barramundi, pink snapper, john dory and tuna, as well as lobsters, crabs, mussels and scallops. Takeaway fish and chips are also popular, from $9.50.

Oysters take centre stage, according to their seasons. I recently indulged in a mammoth tasting of 18 different, freshly shucked oysters from various regions. Bliss! Those from New Zealand’s Clevedon Coast won me over with their smooth texture and ambrosial sweet taste.

On a par, oysters from South Australia’s Coffin Bay appealed with their full-on briny flavour; truly memorable. With mild brininess, the Royal Miyagi variety was fleshy and crisp. Reputed French Belon and Fine de Claire made their appearance; the former were intense in taste, aroma and size, while the latter with its green mantle came across as refined and rich in its own unique style. Presented beautifully on its fluted shell, plump Kumamoto left a sweet aftertaste. For musky sweetness and firm, yet tender flesh, Baron Points from America is ideal. Consumed with a squeeze of lemon, or enticing pink-hued shallot vinaigrette with raspberry flavour, the bivalve molluscs each has its individual character, to be slowly appreciated and savoured.

Keeping with the oyster theme, elegant Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Brut from New Zealand is recommended – alternatively you can pair with the brand’s award-winning sauvignon blanc, or a crisp chardonnay.

Meat and pasta dishes are available, and some of the desserts on offer include cheesecake and fruit tarts.

Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro
34 & 38 Greenwood Avenue
Tel 6467 4950