Claypots Evening Star – South Melbourne Markets

My brother and I, both having plenty of spare time during the day, decided to head down to the South Melbourne Markets for a gander.  After a walk around the markets, which were great, packed with delicious foods and popup stalls and of course eating a couple of their famous Dim Sims, we stumbled across Claypots Evening Star; a hawker style seafood bar serving small sharing plates.  As it was happy hour (between 4 and 6.. I think!?), there was $5 beer and wine, an offer we couldn’t refuse.  The majority of seating was around the tiled central bar, with a great view of the seafood and cooks doing their thing, outdoor seating was also available and once the markets were closed Claypots expanded with indoor tables and as I hear live music most evenings.  We started off with half a dozen $1 oysters, which were on the small side, but you can’t complain for a dollar a pop.  Then moved on to char grilled sardines, stingray pintxo, ceviche tacos and crab w/ tamarind & ginger.  All of the dishes were simple and tasty, with the standout being the sardines and the stingray.  The taco for mine was more of a flat-bread sandwich, in future I would give it a miss and the crab, although flavoursome, was fiddly and small.  The service was left wanting, with my brother and I often having to ask the cook for things instead of the wait staff, however as we were between the lunch and dinner service I was not put out and would assume during peak time the wait staff would be more attentive.  All things considered my brother and I had a great, reasonably priced meal, washed down with a nice selection of beer and wine.  I am looking forward to going back on a Friday or Saturday night when I’m in the area for some tasty seafood and live music, maybe I could even persuade Priya to take the plunge and taste her first oyster… unlikely.

-alex

Claypot_1oysters at the bar

Claypot_2char grilled sardines

Claypot_4stingray pintxo

Claypot_5ceviche taco

Claypot_6crab w/ tamarind & ginger