It's late autumn and we're in Palm Beach, NSW, to throw a sustainable seafood feast for our friends.
The setting is the glorious beach-side garden of Frangipani Cottage.
The two-bedroom cottage, owned by Barrenjoey House, is a stone's throw from Pittwater Beach and the Central Station bus and ferry stop. A perfect getaway from the hubbub of city life.
The table is set...
.. and the guests arrive.
The oysters Carmelo has selected for us are 3-4 year old Sydney rock oysters from Merimbula on the NSW south coast. We're having them with an aged champagne vinaigrette.
They have that wonderful briny bite of a younger Sydney rock but are also larger and creamier with a spritzy ozoney after-taste.
Sensational with this bottle of toasty Pol Roger 1998 that's been gathering dust on our wine rack.
Next it's meaty prawns from Yamba on the NSW north coast.
The hungry crowd goes through 2kgs in no time.
Everyone agrees they're the tastiest prawns they've ever had.
'No, please - I simply can't have anymore!'
Next, Carmelo has carefully filleted some saltwater barramundi fillets from Wild River in Queensland for us. They are firm-textured and deliciously fresh.
Lunch guests Paul and Tim simply fry them in olive oil, salt and pepper and drizzle over a sage burnt butter sauce.
Served with a simple boiled new potato and spinach salad tossed with a tangy salsa verde, seafood really doesn't get any better than this.
The seafood we've feasted on has been raised in pristine waters in their natural ecosystems which is why it tasted so good.
clean plates tell the story.
and of course there is always room for a little chocolate tart prepared by the chefs at Barrenjoey House.
Saucy Onion stayed as a guest of Barrenjoey House and all seafood was supplied by De Costi Seafood at the Sydney Fish Markets.
Phone: +61 (2) 9974 4001Fax: +61 (2) 9974 5008
1108 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach NSW 2108
De Costi Seafood at the Sydney Fish Market
Black Wattle Bay Pyrmont
(02) 9692 9188