Claypots – Zomato Meetup
As mentioned in my ramblings, the other week Zomato hosted us at Claypots Seafood Bar in St Kilda. Zomato have acquired Urbanspoon and they provide a more personal touch with staff in Australia working alongside bloggers.
If you read my previous “missions”, you’ll know that I love meeting other bloggers, not just at events but over a catchup for a meal or coffee. There are so many bloggers in Melbourne, that I’m constantly meeting new people.
This fine evening, I was lucky to sit near Confessions of a Little Piggy, Grazing Panda and Foodscrazy as well as bumping into Evelovelle, Food of the Soul and Food Cautious. There’s so much food in Melbourne, it’s lucky there’s so many of us to write about it!
We started off with a mezze platter of some bread, dips and more. A great variety of food on the platter, but I’m a sucker for dips and spreads with bread.
It was interesting seeing who is used to eating crab and who isn’t. I honestly did not know how to eat crab before I met The.Adventouriist, so lucky I came to this meal with knowledge of how to crack it open and use the tools provided.
The flavours are not too far from any New Orleans inspired food you may have tasted in Melbourne, the flavours all in the sauce.
The Coral Trout was no surprise after my holiday in Queensland, where the fish are quite prominent. I never quite warmed towards the taste of this fish though. I don’t mind it, but I would choose many other fish over it. It was served in light flavours of soy and ginger but did not prove to be my favourite.
Not pictured was also a John Dory cooked in Sambal, which had a beautiful crispy texture. That’s my favourite part of fish – that crispy skin. But ultimately the Cajun flathead was the winner for me!
On the side was also a Malaysian claypot, a dish similar to gumbo and once again exhibiting that New Orleans influence on the food. I didn’t have any of this – but it looked delicious and I mean, who can go wrong with mussels?
I’d heard a lot about this place before and now I’m glad I finally got a chance to try it! If you want seafood, this is the place to go. Although the interior can be a little squishy seating wise, the food is worth it.
Claypots Seafood Bar is located at 213 Barkly St, St Kilda.
*Mon’s Adventure attended as a guest of Zomato and Claypots Seafood Bar. All opinions are my own.