The much awaited Salmon & Bear finally opened on the bustling King Street in Newtown a few months ago, after its successful launch last year in Zetland. Being a casual seafood eatery, customers get to pick from a selection of fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day at affordable prices, and they’ve also recently launched their poke bowls, which is in the in-thing all around the world now.
Our lunch spread for two people, excluding dessert. 😛
Grizzly Plate ($28.00)
Everything in the picture above makes up the grizzly plate, except for the poke bowl on the top left. It’s a pretty good deal, including choice of fish, sauce, and any 2 sides/salads. Salmon & Bear’s fish is charcoal grilled in their signature Mibrasa oven, transported all the way from Spain, giving a smoky flavour similar to a campfire dinner. We ordered grilled barramundi with salsa verde, sweet potato fries (+$1) and corn cob. I highly recommend their Ora King Salmon, based in New Zealand’s South Island, which I’ve tried during their launch event and it was grilled to perfection with crispy skin.
I’m a dedicated sweet potato fan, always on the hunt for sweet potato dishes, be it savoury or sweet, and this was the best sweet potato fries that I’ve ever tasted in Sydney so far! Crispy on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside, it’s definitely worth the $1 add-on. I love the corn cob too, roasted in the Mibrasa oven with miso butter, which complemented the fish very well.
Salmon Poke Bowl ($21.00)
For those of you who haven’t heard of the new poke bowl trend, it is a healthy Hawaiian style sushi salad with cubed raw fish. I ordered the salmon poke bowl, which comprises raw cubed salmon served with a soy and sesame dressing, corn salsa and avocado on coconut rice. I felt so healthy all of a sudden as I devoured my poke bowl, which was very flavoursome and well-marinated. The anchovies added a crunchy texture to the dish, and reminded me of a Malaysian dish called nasi lemak, but 10 times healthier. Squeeze the lemon for a tangy hit and the recommended way to eat it is to mix everything evenly so that you get a mouth-watering spoonful of all the different ingredients.
Grizzling Garlic Prawns ($28.00)
This was an average dish as compared to the rest. I like the flavour of the tomato and Mediterranean vegetable sauce, but the texture of the prawns wasn’t firm enough. The sourdough baguette had an airy texture, but I would have preferred it if it had a harder crust and a chewier interior, that can soak up all the sauce from the
sizzling grizzling garlic prawns.
Bear Treats by Gelato Messina ($7 each)
Ooh, Gelato Messina in Salmon & Bear? A delightful surprise as I wasn’t expecting to end off the meal with Messina! We tried both of their bear treats, “Salmon”-strawberry gelato paddle pop dipped in white chocolate and “Bear”-chocolate gelato cookie sandwich. I love the strawberry gelato, which was very refreshing and not overly rich.
Salmon & Bear also serves fish tacos, fish burgers, and a range of craft brews to complement your choice of fish, providing you with the ultimate grizzly and fishy experience. I love their casual dining concept and will definitely be back for more.
PS: This was an invited food tasting.
Salmon & Bear (Newtown)
226 King St Newtown, NSW 2042
Mon-Thurs: 5:30 pm-10 pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm -4pm & 5:30pm-Late
Sun: 12pm-4pm & 5:30-10pm
Tel: 02 9517 3200
Salmon & Bear (Zetland)
6 Defries Avenue Zetland, NSW 2017 (next to East Village)
Mon-Fri:12pm -3pm & 5:30 pm-10 pm
Tel: 02 9662 8188