Josh Niland, one of Sydney's best young chefs, is opening a fish 'butchery'

Photo: Mark BestChef Josh Niland

One of Sydney’s most exciting young chefs, Josh Niland, is planning to open a fishmongers he’s dubbing a “butchery” on Paddington’s Oxford Street, not far from his award-winning restaurant, Saint Peter.

Niland opened Saint Peter in 2016, aged just 27, to widespread critical acclaim, and has been lauded as one of the country’s greatest seafood cooks – Gourmet Traveller declared him best new talent – for rethinking seafood with a nose-to-tail approach using lesser-known species.

The chef will call the shop “Fish Butchery” when he opens in April. He plans to offer fresh fish and move the takeaway fish and chips option currently operating at Saint Peter to the new site.

Why butchery?

“Because it conjures connotations of dry handled fish, produce that is cut to order and the experience of chatting to a skilled butcher about what to cook for dinner,” he says.

Niland says he’s partly inspired to share his knowledge with his diners, who he knows don’t get the same result cooking fish at home.

“We are really excited to be able to interact with our customers in a new way and to allow them to enjoy high quality seafood at home,” he says.

“We know that the correct selection, handling and storage of fish makes most of the difference.

“Fish Butchery will display fish in static refrigeration rather than mounds of ice. Fish will be dry scaled, gutted, filleted, pinboned and when appropriate dry aged. Fish will also be available cut to order.”

Niland also wants to focus on the “plethora of under-utilised fish Australia has to offer” and will work directly with fisherman to source them.

The range will include game fish Niland has dry aged for two weeks or more, “offal” – the liver and roe of some fish- and smoked and cured fish, as well as several varieties of oysters and fish off and on the bone.

The address of the new retail venture as yet to be disclosed, but Niland says it will be a few doors along from his restaurant at 362 Oxford Street.

Business Insider declared Saint Peter one its 12 favourite Australian restaurants in 2017 .

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