Located on the lower level of Burwood Plaza, Plaza Seafoods has been a mainstay for those wanting a seafood hit in Burwood for as long as I can remember. They are a solid choice for anyone wanting decent seafood at a reasonable price and their success was marked by a shop refurbishment that took place in 2013 that doubled their floor space. Plaza Seafoods offers both cooked (fried and grilled) and fresh seafood.
I often visit this family-owned shop to grab a quick lunch of fish and chips but this time we grabbed the Mixed Grill to help feed the family for Father’s Day. The Mixed Grill consists of 2 grilled fish, calamari rings, octopus, garlic prawns and large chips. They also include two small squeeze packs of tartare sauce. To place my order, I was able to call ahead and speak to the always-friendly staff before visiting them to pick it up. This can be helpful, especially at peak time, to minimise the wait time as they are often busy and you can sometimes wait up to 15 minutes.
The Mixed Grill was served up after only a few minutes of me arriving and the order was still hot and fresh. The staff served me with a very friendly greeting and warm smile. I’ve never been dissatisfied with the service I received from the staff, even after the team expanded beyond their family.
The grilled fish was perfectly grilled, being well cooked and not overly burnt. The fish was fresh and moist. What really shone out for me was the flakiness of the fish; as I took the fish onto my fork the flakes fell apart, held together by the charred skin of the fish fillet. This was an absolute delight to eat.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as thrilled by the calamari and octopus. I felt they were both overcooked and rubbery. The flavour of both these ingredients was overpowered by the charring. They were probably left on the grill a little too long which is a real shame.
The garlic prawns helped to balance out the platter. The flesh of the prawn easily came away from the tail shell and the charred flavour was well-balanced with the garlic of the prawns. These were the second best component of the platter, after the grilled fish.
I was somewhat disappointed with the chips; They were soggy and somewhat cold when we opened them. This might have been due to under-frying or cold oil. Nevertheless, they were edible and accompanied the other ingredients very well, it just would have been nice to have some crunch in them.
Overall, this is a solid platter and we managed to finish it between the four of us. I understand they might have been feeling the pressure of the Father’s Day and apart from some minor points, the value for money of the grill is definitely there. I would gladly revisit Plaza Seafoods for their fish and chips or perhaps a selection from their fresh seafood section.
This platter cost $25. They accept cash or card payments.