By Leigh O'Connor.
A love of all things seafood has led Chef Damien Styles to
embrace the warm atmosphere and balance of flavours that make The
Fish House in Burleigh a dining destination for locals and tourists alike.
Adjacent to Burleigh Beach, this coastal themed restaurant serves up fresh
seafood from a Southern European menu, bringing a taste of the sea to the
Before returning to his Queensland roots, after spending
more than a decade in Melbourne, Damien worked on the pans at the two hatted,
The Point in Albert Park, before opening social enterprise restaurant Charcoal
Lane, in collaboration with Mission Australia. This restaurant offered young
Aboriginals a chance at a career in hospitality, either in front of house or as
an apprentice in the kitchen.
Damien most recently worked under Matt Golinski at Altitude
on Montville, on his way to chasing a dream as Head Chef at The Fish House.
"Being at The Fish House has solidified my love of all
things seafood and it is a great restaurant for me to hone my skills and
produce beautiful food using the freshest seafood from all over Australia,”
It is from this love affair with fish that Damien shares
with us his Lemony
Soup recipe, which has been passed down from generation to generation.
"I’m very lucky as a Chef to get my hands on such a
wonderful recipe, where the inspiration is the simplicity and versatility of
using pretty much any white fish in it. Being a very old and classic
European-style soup that works so well in the restaurant, it is truly one of
our customers’ favourite dishes and I can’t see it coming off The Fish House
menu any time soon.”
With potatoes, celery, white wine and fish, the soup is a
hearty meal for a Winter’s lunch or dinner and is sure to become a firm, family
favourite served with warm, crusty bread.