Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 02/07/96

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Something fishy

Yesterday, I had an invitation to lunch at Bilson's, one of Sydney's better-known seafood restaurants. After looking over the pile of work that faced me that day, I decided to can the meal in favour of actually getting something done. This caused some consternation amongst my fish-eating acquaintances, who wondered how anyone could pass up such an opportunity to snack on broiled jewels of the deep.

The simple fact of the matter is that I don't like fish. Lobster is fine, oysters are OK, calamari is great, and salmon will do in a pinch. But prawns are a sick and unnatural deviation and fish themselves are boring and flat and grey and they smell bad. Who wants to eat something that smells like it might have already gone off? You can drown it in tartare sauce and fillet it and garnish it with exciting and exotic Eastern vegetables, but at the end of the day it's still a fish, with slimy skin and scales and bones and a hint of rancidity in its flavour. Enjoy it if you must, but don't ask me to.

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