Something fishy is happening in Potts Point. But rest assured, it all sounds fresh and appetising. Good Living recently reported that the foodie rumblings were true; chef Jeremy Strode will temporarily stride away from Bistrode CBD and give recently-closed Lotus Bistro a complete sea change, transforming it into The Fish Shop. With the idea for the new venture coming from “a fish shack” that owner Justin Hemmes goes to in New Zealand, they could be onto a tasty, catchy thing. On the menu, it sounds like we can expect: fish pie, fish curry, blue-eye fish fingers, and of course, beer-battered fish. I’ll be curious to see how Strode’s fish pie fares up against rival Garfish’s signature snapper pie. The bar has been set pretty high – Garfish serve up some 400 snapper pies every week in winter. And just quietly, I’m a little excited about Strode toying with the idea of doing a battered sav. But it’s not all about the food, at Merivale establishments they sure know how to fit-out a place and I’m pleased to hear The Fish Shop will have “a bit of a Hamptons feel”. (Grand nautical accents anyone?) I’m sad to see Lotus leave but I’m reeling to find out what Captain Strode has on his line to lure us all back in to the Challis Avenue hotspot.