Northern beaches seafood: Prawn Pod's million-dollar views

SEASIDE DINING: Prawn Pod owner Anna Russell serving up fresh Australian tiger prawns to diners in Bayview. Picture: Dallas Kilponen
SEASIDE DINING: Prawn Pod owner Anna Russell serving up fresh Australian tiger prawns to diners in Bayview. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

THERE are some places that you've just got to see to believe and the Prawn Pod is one of those places.

This nifty little idea involves a retro, teardrop-shaped trailer, fresh seafood and million-dollar views. Owner Anna Russell might say it's just a "simple idea", but ask her customers and they beg to differ.

The Prawn Pod is all about the great outdoors and it's located along the Pittwater shoreline at Bayview. On the Friday afternoon that we arrived, picnic blanket in hand and a bottle of vino, the sun was getting low and the boats and yachts were happily bobbing away.

"Buy today, sell today" is the motto of the Prawn Pod and produce is hand-picked from the Sydney Fish Market each day. For those of you, like me, who want to know exactly the seafood has come from, the Australian tiger prawns are mostly from north Queensland and sometimes from Yamba in northern NSW.

The Sydney rock oysters are from leases up and down the NSW coast, on the day we were there they were from Wallis Lake, near Forster.

SEASIDE DINING: Prawn Pod owner Anna Russell serving up fresh Australian tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

SEASIDE DINING: Prawn Pod owner Anna Russell serving up fresh Australian tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

The oysters are freshly shucked. Prawns are sold by weight - a handful, a kilo whatever you're looking for. Or, you can grab a bucket of prawns, a pot of zesty cocktail sauce and a bag of dinner rolls to enjoy it all right there then on your picnic rug while you take in the views.

The Pod is a place where customers are greeted by name and many times during our visit they approached calling out "Hi Anna" as they arrived. "Hi Bob, Hi Brett, Hi Virginia..." Anna replies relishing in the fact that the Pod has become a weekly tradition for so many people, with some getting takeaway prawns to eat at home and others staying to take in the view.

"Back in 2015, it was one of those realisations that we had on holidays and we thought 'why don't we eat prawns more often, why do we wait for an occasion or Christmas'," she said.

The idea for the Pod was born and it's been a labor of love ever since. "It's such a great community, it's about the people as much as it is about the produce."

  • The Prawn Pod sets up in Bayview Reserve each Friday 2-7pm and Saturday 10am-2pm, and because the seafood is purchased fresh each day, they're there until sold out.
SEASIDE DINING: Fresh Australian tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters are available at the Prawn Pod in Bayview. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

SEASIDE DINING: Fresh Australian tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters are available at the Prawn Pod in Bayview. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

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