The Mohr Fish building at 202 Devonshire Street Surry Hills holds a special place in the history of Sydney food. The original tiles from the butchers shop are still on the walls. Later, the shop became the first premises for the smoked salmon producer Mohr Food (founded by the current fish shop owner Hans Mohr and later owned by John Wilson – the John Wilson of John and Peter catering.) Mohr started that business with just $5,000, I seem to remember hearing, and went on to supply many of the leading Australian restaurants with his stunning smoked salmon during the late 80s and early 90s. Seafood guru (2012 ABC delicious Australian providore of the year) John Susman then had his first wholesale seafood business Flying Squid Brothers at 202 Devonshire Street before it became the fish and chips restaurant it is today.
Mohr Fish celebrated its 20th anniversary this year an achievement in itself. When it first opened, the restaurant fitout (the concept designed by the legendary Anders Ousback) was groundbreaking: a first of its kind in casual Sydney dining with its stainless steel benches and bar stools. At that time Mohr Fish led the way in introducing beer battered flathead to the Sydney dining public. To my mind, that signature dish of crunchy beer battered flathead, crispy chips and salad is still the stand out dish as well as one of the best serves of fish and chips in this city. Though the Mohr Fish bouillabaise has always been a winner too.
Yes on this occasion I might be biased, as for the many that know and love Mohr Fish, they also know that my brother Rodney was very much a part of its history as the chef there for a good number of those 20 years. Over the years there were many famous faces that ate there including many of Sydney’s leading names in hospitality.
Mohr Fish has always been BYO. Punters grab their drinks from the Shakespeare Hotel across the road. It’s still owned and operated by Hans Mohr.
“Love that joint! specially with a very cold pilsner” Grant Lyndon shouted as one of the responses about Mohr Fish when I posted a photo tonight on twitter. Yes Grant, I couldn’t agree more!
In loving memory of my brother.
202 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW Australia
+61 2 9318 1326