As a newbie to Australia, currently Melbourne, I am making it my goal to find the best eateries in the area and the Claypots Evening Star has just hit top of my list of favourites, so far.
Nestled on a corner of the infamous South Melbourne Market, you can find this cosy European style institution, filled with all the divine seafood you can imagine, from delectable oysters to fresh lobster tails. As a huge fan of all venues that serve oysters and bubbles, I had to order them as my dish of the day and I can certainly vouch that they were incredible and really good value. Coffin Bay Oysters are just $1 each, served natural, with lemon and Tabasco or Kilpatrick Oysters with Free Range Bacon are $3 individually. To quench the inevitable thirst I ordered Prosecco but their wine and cocktail list is extensive so you will be spoilt for choice.
I have yet to sample everything on the menu but after watching locals order the Clams in Spanish Fino and Garlic ($12), Mussels ($15) and the Crab with Tamarind & Ginger ($20) I will definitely be returning. What's more, their sister restaurant Claypots Seafood Bar, is located just 10 minutes (in an Uber) down the road in St Kilda. I hear from word-of-mouth that it's just as good and it will be next on my list.
An ideal venue for a market shop snack, a day time bite with the ladies accompanied by bubbles, an afterwork drink or a date.
Visit Claypots Evening Star at South Melbourne Market, Shop 101, 116-136 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, Vic, 3205. Tel: (03) 9645 5779. Website link here.