Supporting our restaurants and our fishing industry

24 April, 2020

Take the chance to enjoy live seafood in Chatswood

There’s no denying that 2020 has had a rough start for many industries and that’s certainly the case for both restaurants and the fishing industry. The double-whammy of both less exports to overseas markets like China and Japan where much of Australia’s premium live seafood is sent, together with many staying home to try to reduce community transmission means restaurants are struggling too. But for every cloud, there is a silver lining. This means that as long as it is safe for you to do so (of course, no going out if you are unwell, and strict personal hygiene measures as standard), right now is a great opportunity to enjoy some of Australia’s incredible seafood that is normally exported. By doing so, you can help to support both our
local restaurants in Chatswood, and Australia’s fishing industry businesses.

Back in February 2020, chef Dan Hong called on Australians to support our local Asian restaurants and enjoy some of the live seafood like lobster that’s usually too expensive to enjoy at local restaurants. As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, this need for supporting our small businesses, especially in dining and food production, is more important than ever. And if you are needing to socially isolate, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out. A growing number of our restaurants are adapting to the times and increasing the number of dishes available for takeaway, either through their traditional channels, or via delivery services like Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Menulog.

Get your lobster, abalone and more

Just some of the premium Australian seafood that’s increased in availability over recent months includes:

  • Rock lobster
  • Abalone
  • Banded morwong
  • Blue throated wrasse
  • Scallops
  • Coral trout
  • Mud crab

These are high-value, luxury foods from right here in Australia that we rarely get to enjoy because of the high demand from international markets.

Where to find it

In Chinese restaurants across Australia, it’s been a common sight to see fishtanks with live seafood, and the volume and quality available is better than ever. One of the popular ways to enjoy freshly prepared seafood is served with things like soup, something that Hospo Market’s Masterstock is taking to new heights. Their seafood tom yum with prawns is high in vitamin C, protein and packs a chilli punch to clear your sinuses.

Where are some of your favourite places for enjoying seafood dishes in Chatswood?

Are you taking the chance to enjoy more seafood while exports have slowed? Are you buying to prepare and eat at home, or enjoying all your favourite Chatswood restaurant dishes delivered?