The next morning – now Saturday we decided to go to the local Market not too far from the hotel.
We caught a taxi $10 or so to the market
The market was very busy since it was a Saturday and a lot of locals go there – it could also have been busy because today was day 2 of the Spot Prawn 6 week season.
First off the produce looked nice and fresh and nicely displayed. But overall the prices were expensive.
Meat was very expensive:
- Rack of lamb were $66 per KG
- Baby back ribs were $22 per KG
- Large steaks for $65 per KG
A lot of the seafood also seems quite expensive, but salmon was quite reasonable.
On my previous trip here about 8 years ago there were a lot of vendors offering you samples of their specialities but this time not the case only a couple offered any sort of sample.
I had said to Pam that last time I had a smoked candied salmon that was really nice so we found and purchased some. 120grams cost about $7
We grabbed a couple of espresso's and headed outside to the water to eat our treat which was very nice. I am sure when last here they said it was cold smoked but this time they said it was hot smoked so I am keen to try this at home some time soon.
We then headed in side and about some Oysters – 8oz for $7 and went back outside to eat them.
They were very large but quite soft so not as nice as we would have thought and Pam only ate 1 and I ate 3 and we threw the rest away!
After this we headed to the other side of the small island to check out the Spot Prawn Festival – we missed out on tickets as they had all sold out before we arrived and no gate sales but thought we should check out the area anyway.
The first boat had just arrived with the Spot Prawns and these are fresh – they are still alive and moving!
We saw where people who had bought tickets were waiting in line for their dish of 3 prawns and small salad and a bun. There was quite a long line of people waiting to be served and we were glad we were not in the line.
There were some cooking demonstrations going on so I stopped and watched one from a local chef.
He was making a cold Spot Prawn soup – I recorded the whole session about 20 minutes and will put on YouTube sometime.
At the end he cooked up some more of the Prawns and the put 1 on a dish with some of his sauce. I was lucky enough to get one for Pam & I to try – there was only about 12 of them.
After this we headed back to the Granville island brewing bar to sample some beers.
It was $6 to sample 3 x 4oz beers that they make from a selection of about 6 or 7.
We tried the following:
- Dark Beer
My preferences were the ones I choose in this order:
We also bought a cheese platter for $12 which was crap…
When we left we bought a six pack of the Hefeweizen which I am drinking as I write this.
We catch another cab back to the hotel – a bit more expensive this time about $14 including tip.