Thursday, May 17, 2012

Good Eats - seafood

At Kaikoura, there is an ocean road, along which there are well known seafood shacks. The area is also known for its crayfish. What could be better?

First off, we hit "The Original World Famous" (no less) Kaikoura Seafood BBQ shack. It was right there between the coast and the ocean road, both mere steps away. Heaven. We had crayfish, scallops, a whitebait fritter (like an omelette), paua fritter (paua is "New Zealand abalone" - it was fishy and delicious), blue cod and a seafood chowder. It was great, I just wish there had been more of it.

These were smaller crayfish and cooked on the grill.

The next day, we had to try Nin's Bin, also famous and one of Phil Keoghan's Best Kept Secrets, no less. It was more out of the way, definitely more expensive and more no-frills. You just got the seafood cooked and served. With a lemon. That's it. No sides, no fancy-schmancy whatever. We were unsure at first, seeing as we'd had a very different experience already with the Kaikoura Seafood BBQ shack.

The difference: this was a big ass crayfish and it was steamed, I think.

But you know what - it was DELICIOUS. We got a big big ol' crayfish and some mussels and they just cooked them up real quick, and that was it. Even the lemon juice tasted so good with the food. Super simple. Super fresh. Super delicious.


lillian's biggest fan said...

i love that it was "more expensive" AND "more no-frills." but judging by your awesome (as usual) photos - it was well worth it!

Carrie said...