Easter long weekend is upon us, which means two short weeks and a basket full of chocolate brought to us by a furry rabbit, and of course Jesus is involved, but #realtalk, we’re fully focused on the first two.
Beginning your four day choccy-binge is Good Friday; one of the only public holidays that sticks with tradition because literally EVERYTHING is shut. They don’t even play footy on Good Friday, so you know it’s sacred.
If you are lucky enough to get out of town for the Easter holiday, good for you! Have fun on your jet ski, dirt bike, pogo-stick or other mode of transport people play with when they leave the city. If you’re stuck at home setting up rabbit traps like a chump, Good Friday is still pretty bloody good – there is nothing to do, so you can take a break from adulty things like banking and washing and just Netflix and Chill the day away. That is…until you get hungry.
Here at Trading Plates, we have fallen victim to a (quite dusty) Good Friday with a lack of food in the house, and quite frankly don’t think anyone should have to face that kind of suffering. I mean Jesus drew the short straw and died for our sins…the sacrifice has been made, don’t feel like you have to do the same.
In tradition, Good Friday is a day of fasting, where people only eat fish, no other meat. So if you have eaten your way through a pack of hot cross buns and need something more substantial, we have put together a list of slick seafood joints that will be open for you to hit up on Good Friday.
Miss Katie’s Crab Shack – Level 1, 18 Market Lane Melbourne
Miss Katie’s has become somewhat of a Sea Captain when it comes to Melbourne Seafood venues. Newspaper covers the tables, fishing nets hang from the ceilings and crab covers the menu of this inner city pearl. This Easter long weekend, Miss Katie’s Crab Shack are holding the first ever Miss Katie’s Clam Bake – an all you can eat affair of clams, mussels, oysters and sides. Pre-sale tickets are $90 or walk-ins for $120, so don’t be a clownfish and get yourself organised! There will also be some fun drink specials available, so wear your stretchy pants and order your uber, stat.
Sea Salt – 364 Lygon Street, Carlton / Degraves Lane, Melbourne
Whether you’re after traditional fish & Chips, sushi, or a decent burger, Sea Salt has your taste buds covered. They have also just introduced a special menu item that has got Melbournians in a spin. The Sushi Doughnut is a beautifully crafted, fresh dish made by pressing sushi rice into doughnut molds, topped with fun things like smoked salmon, sliced avocado, pickled ginger, mayonnaise and nori sheets.
The sushi doughnuts are usually ready by midday and heads up, they sell out fast.
Another reason to visit Sea Salt; they will be donating $1 from every fish sold to the Good Friday Appeal – so satisfy your hunger and help someone in need, it’s a win-win.
Eat Fish – 245 High Street, Ashburton / 734 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Eat Fish is what happens when a group of guys with more than 30 years of fish market experience get together and open their own store. Both the Ashburton and Hawthorn locations are a mixture of restaurant and fresh seafood stores; where you can pick your dish and take it home to cook yourself, or have them cook it there for you. Eat Fish is another spot that caters to the masses; you can opt for grilled or baked fish with a side of brown rice and steamed greens, or go full traditional and get some fried market fresh fish with old faves like potato cakes and dim sims. One of the owners, John Chats eats about five kilos of fish a week and is fit as a fiddle – so you know you’re on the right track when you come here for a feed.
Sweet Salt – 296 High Street, Northcote
So you took advantage of the long long weekend, necked a few too many brewskies at Thursday night drinks and now feeling a little sorry for yourself? Head to Sweet Salt, get yourself some fried fish, a potato cake and a bloody CRAB DIM SIM, and feel the pain in your brain melt away quicker than your inhibitions did the night before. One very cool thing about the team at Sweet Salt is they cater 100 per cent for Gluten Free patrons, so even your coeliac friends can feel the relief of a crispy potato cake after a big night on the sauce.
From everyone at Trading Plates we hope you have a smashing Easter break filled with lots of good food, wine, friends and family. Don’t forget to stock up on Hot Cross Buns before they come off the shelf!