I was never sure if the Balkan Seafood Restaurant was officially connected to the Balkan Restaurant a few doors down on Oxford Street that was there from 1964 all the way until 2012 when they moved to Crown Street. It’s quite a scene, with a full barbeque grill the length of the front window, where you can see what’s cooking.
Since one of our party is pescatarian, I thought it would be a good, casual option after seeing Meg Hewitt‘s photo exhibition opening. While I am the king of overordering, I managed to do OK here. A seafood platter for two ($85), the whitebait ($15; I love whitebait) and some grilled sardines, on special ($20, I think). Washed down with a reasonably priced bottle of pinot grigio ($36), and it was barely $40 each of the four of us.
Served up with some tasty coleslaw, the food was simple and tasty and as you can imagine it, from the descriptions. It wasn’t smoky, as a friend had worried. The only thing is that the mussels on the seafood platter were not cooked but the rest was fine. An easy, casual choice for the seafood lover in your life.