Josh Niland has championed fish lip-to-tail eating and pushed the traditional butcher shop out to sea, and now the toqued chef is set to dish up the seafood equivalent of a charcoal chicken shop.
Niland and his creative wife Julie, who brought sexy back to seafood at fine diner Saint Peter and its cute cousin Fish Butchery, have snapped up the lease at 670 New South Head Road in Rose Bay. They'll open Charcoal Fish there in late June.
Josh Niland told Good Food he's long dreamt of reinterpreting the charcoal chicken shops found on every street corner.
His work-in-progress menu is already lip-lickingly different. A Murray cod rotisserie. You bet. Gravy rolls with all the trimmings, skin and stuffing. More please, sir. Murray cod fat caramel ice-cream. Stop it.
The chef wants to serve "loads of different cuts" of fish from the grill and rotisserie. Vegetables will be grilled, and there'll be plenty of salads.
Despite the challenge of a working with expensive produce, the price point will start around the $19 mark for a portion. And there'll even be family-style options.
While primarily a takeaway venue, the venue will include a few seats. Julie Niland, who has shown a deft design hand at the couple's other venues, will oversee the Charcoal Fish interior.