Fish Face, Darlinghurst

Prawn Ravioli, Shellfish Sauce & Deep-fried Leek $22

I took V out to a surprise dinner last Friday night at one-hatted seafood restaurant, Fish Face. V had taken me here for a birthday a while back and despite our positive experience, we had not yet been back. Walking past it nearly every evening, the temptation to return had grown to irresistible proportions.

After a short deliberation, V and decide to share three entrees and a main, which our waitress tells is just right. All dishes shown here are halved portions.

We started off with the Crab Consomme, Fresh Noodle & Spanner Crab Meat, which had an incredible intense flavours. Served with a generous amount of crab meat and noodle, it was a great way to start our meal.

Crab Consomme, Fresh Noodle & Spanner Crab Meat $19

Next, we had the Cuttlefish Sautéed in Garlic, Chorizo Sausage, Apple & Lime. An odd menagerie of textures and flavours; the garlicy tenderness of the cuttlefish, the salty meatiness of the chorizo and the crispiness of the apple were all brought together by a light sprinkling of lime.

Cuttlefish Sautéed in Garlic, Chorizo Sausage, Apple & Lime $22

Our final entree was the Prawn Ravioli, Shellfish Sauce & Deep-fried Leek, which our waitress confidently declared we would enjoy. She wasn’t mistaken. I cut a small slice of the large ravioli, put it in my mouth, involuntarily closed my eyes, and savoured the bite like solemn prayer, thoughtfully and without disruption. Then I opened my eyes and thought about describing the taste sensation using colourful prose. Needless to say, this was our highlight.

The ravioli pastry is generous, encasing a large prawn dumpling, and doused in a buttery cream sauce. The crispy leek gave the dish great contrast.

Prawn Ravioli, Shellfish Sauce & Deep-fried Leek $22

Our main was Seared Broadbill (Swordfish), Black Garlic Mayo, Fennel, Eggplant, Roast Tomatoes. The delicious, meaty fish was well flavoured by the rich mayo and fennel.

Seared Broadbill (Swordfish), Black Garlic Mayo, Fennel, Eggplant, Roast Tomatoes $40

Inside, it’s a cramped space… the kitchen takes up more than a third of the interior floor area, where diners are seated on tall stools or chairs around the bar or on tall tables. It’s rather uncomfortable so if possible, get a seated outside where they have tables of normal height.

Interior

Service-wise, it was fantastic. They were very helpful in advising on what we might have and ensuring throughout the meal that we had everything we needed.

The word? Excellent meal and service. The cramped space aside, it’s really the poor value for money that will prevent me from visiting again soon.


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  1. Back in the 90s (yes I’m THAT old) this used to be my regular for takeaway fish and chips and it was too die for! I’ve eaten in a few times too – great place (love the head chef with his croaky voice–he seems uber scary as he croaks orders to people)!

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    • They’ve still got fish and chips on the menu, which according to other blog posts, is apparently really good!

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