Saint Peter is not your typical fish shop – even though they call themselves an Australian fish eatery and have a classic fish & chips on their menu. This sleek restaurant is named after the patron saint of fisherman and serves up modern seafood dishes which are beautifully presented and let the freshness of the produce shine through – but all this means that their menu is priced at the premium end of the spectrum.
We tried it out for brunch and started off with a Hand Picked Ballina Crab Crumpet, which featured shredded pieces of fresh crab meat inside the shell of the body of the crab, soaked in a briny sauce. The crumpet is quite dense and the crab meat goes well with it for an extra rich brunch starter, though we didn’t need the extra saltiness from the sea salt flakes on top of the crumpet.
Hand Picked Ballina Crab Crumpet, $26
Next, we moved onto the BBQ Guyra Destructor Yabbies, which had a light smokiness to them from the BBQ and the zesty citrus dressing was a simple way to lift the flavours in the dish. The only thing with the yabbies is that there is not much meat in each yabby shell so they were finished in a flash.
BBQ Guyra Destructor Yabbies, $30
We also had to try their Battered Fried Wallis Lake Dusky Flathead with Chips (a.k.a. their take on fish & chips), which was delicious with their light batter encasing the fresh, sweet fish and chunky chips dipped in their house tartare sauce. We added the Salt and Vinegar Onion Rings on the side, which were huge and had a slight tang to them from the vinegar, for something a bit different.
Battered Fried Wallis Lake Dusky Flathead with Chips and Condiments, $28
Salt & Vinegar Onion Rings, $10
All this seafood is rather heavy first thing in the morning for a weekend brunch, but we can imagine it would be a great spot for dinner for pescatarians and seafood aficionados willing to splurge, as it showcases some wonderful sustainably sourced Australian seafood. One thing to note is that their menu changes seasonally, depending on availability of produce – so you never know what might be on offer when you visit.