“And as I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and begin to be happy and to make plans.”
Oh Hemingway you marvellously descriptive beast you. He spoke many truths did old Ernest, but none truer than his fine and lyrical example of the oyster experience in A Moveable Feast (and if you haven’t read it, you really must add it to your summer list).
Oh the beautiful oyster. So humble, yet so elegant and fine. There really is nothing that competes. The odd intersection of ugly and pretty, and one that really does go to show that it’s on the inside that counts.
Make a fancy vinaigrette, dollop a little tabasco on top, or devour simply with a squeeze of lemon (or without), the oyster is a great testament to honest fare, and the idea that it really does pay to keep it simple and let the good in your produce shine (stupid).
Sure, you could dine out and have them brought to you at $3 each OR you could stock up from any of these EXCELLENT seafood shops, invite your fellow oyster enthusiasts around and wash those slippery salty beauties down with a good white just like our friend Ernest did. I know what I’d rather.
First things first, the service here is impeccable and the staff are SO knowledgeable. If you’re new to fish cooking, or looking for a certain type to suit your recipe, The Fishery is the place to go. More so, everything is of the finest quality, with the oysters being no exception.
Dutton Park Fish Market
At the start of Fairfield Road there is an excellent fish and chip shop, Fish Kitchen but what many don’t know is that underneath you’ll find one very secretive but AMAZING fish shop. Fish Kitchen & Dutton Park Fish Market source their sea born stock from all over, with varieties changing according to what’s good. Top marks.
Rufus King Seafoods
Rufus King Seafoods you are one of the greats. And that you’ve opened a little shop in Brisbane next to Meat at Billy’s saw many a clued in Stradbroke Island goer rejoicing. Because if you can’t get to the Amity shop to eat them freshly shucked and shoeless in the car park (#holidayyolo) this is the second best thing.
Reef Seafood & Sushi
The sashimi at Reef Seafood & Sushi is excellent, and so too the oysters. So if you combine the two you’re going to have a pretty great feed. Just don’t get too carried away ordering, you might as well put a mortgage on your meal. (That’s not a bad thing).
Fresh Fish Co
An oldy but a goody! Yes, Fresh Fish Co is also on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but you pay for what you get – the quality of their seafood is spot on and the staff forever friendly.
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