A Friday night catchup with JT and a few friends. With this particular group, we usually love exploring new places each time we meet up; this time, we decided to venture out to Claypots Seafood & Wine.
Address: 213 Barkly St St Kilda, VIC 3182
Lunch Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner Monday - Sunday: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Claypots Seafood & Wine opens at 6.00pm, with a first come first served policy. Our group of six was anxious about arriving on time to get a table, since we’ve heard that fish availability is limited and it’s possible late comers to miss out on the more popular dishes. We arrived at 6.30pm, to our surprise, we were one of the first groups there!
Entering Claypots, we walked past the bar and into the restaurant side. The first thing we saw was the array of fish available in the counter - waiting to be devoured. Mmm..
Since the weather was quite warm, we agreed to be seated in the courtyard outside, which had a very romantic and friendly atmosphere; the floor was laid with pebbles, tiny boats hung from trees, and the occasional blossom would fall onto our table which was laid with colourful tablecloth.
The menu was scrawled across blackboards, which (depending on where you are seated) can be difficult to read it hard to read. We were seated in a corner, meaning not everyone had a clear view of the menu. The courtyard was still quite empty, so I took a photo of both menus making it easier for us to read.
We quickly decided upon three dishes, but were stuck on what to order for the last dish. Luckily the waitress knew the menu and was quite happy to suggest the cajun flathead.
Each dish we ordered was generous in size, fresh and well cooked, covered in tasty sauces, yet still allowing the original flavour of the flesh from the seafood to shine through.
The cajun flathead the waitress had recommended was a hit. The flathead was cooked to perfection; moist and sweet - accompanied by some super tasty sauce and slices of potato (which I loved).
By the time the claypots arrived, we were already getting quite full. It would have been an absolute pity to let such good food go to waste, so we did our best to finish. The claypots were packed full of flavour, which can be quite overwhelming for a group of people that were already pretty stuffed. My gosh, it was delicious though.
As we ate, the place filled up and the temperature rose higher and higher. It was pretty stuffy, as the high walls of the courtyard gave little respite from the heat. The cider I shared, was a much welcome refreshment form the heat. Everyone was quite relieved when it was time to leave.
Fresh flavorsome seafood at a reasonable price - the next time I’m craving seafood, Claypots Seafood & Wine would definitely be at the top of my list.