Yes, $1 oysters exist in Melbourne. In fact, no less than six of our fantastic dining institutions boast them on various days throughout the week. And to save you all that precious Googling time you could be spending scoffing molluscs, we’ve popped them in a tidy little list. So you can enjoy one-buck shucks all over the city.
So, here’s everywhere (we know of) where you can get $1 oysters in Melbourne.
Looking to start your week off with a bang? Or just a seafood-induced coma? St Moritz is the place you want. Nestled in little old St Kilda, you can enjoy one-buck oysters all Monday long at this coastal Modern Australia joint. Plus you can wash one or a dozen down with a couple of cocktails and some French toast.
When: All day Monday
Looking for a midweek pick-me-up? Well, thanks to The Smith in Prahran, you can enjoy $1 oysters between 4-7pm every Wednesday (or until sold out). Not only do they offer affordable seafood, they also have a menu of delicious modern Aussie bar snacks and a very ~kewl~ bar space out the back if you’re looking to wow the pants off a mate or a date. Get in early. These ones don't last too long...
When: Wednesdays 4-7 pm
Panama Dining Room
The day of the week doesn't matter when it comes to $1 oysters at Fitzroy-based Panama Dining Room. Swing around this little hotspot on any day of the week between 6pm-7pm and you can enjoy some saltwater bivalve molluscs for a single dollar. This hidden gem also has a delicious French-inspired menu, making it the perfect choice for a special occasion.
When: 6-7pm every night
Le Bon Ton
In case you wake up with a craving for oysters one night soon (on a weekend), you need to know about Le Bon Ton, an American-inspired barbecue joint. This speakeasy-style bar and restaurant sells its oysters for a dollar every Friday and Saturday night between midnight and 5am. Because why the hell not, that's why,
When: 12-5am Friday & Saturday
If you’re looking to wet your whistle, quash your appetite and bring your lungs to within an inch of their life, then you need to make a visit to Tokosan in Prahran. Every Monday night they serve up $1 oysters (plus $20 all-you-can-eat sushi on Tuesdays), as well a covered beer garden, cocktail bar, Japanese street-style restaurant menu and a friggin’ karaoke room.
When: Monday evenings
South Melbourne Market
Ok, forget the rest. Aptus Seafood at the South Melbourne Market sell oysters for $1 ALLDAY, EVERY DAY. This little boutique fishmonger takes the fishcake when it comes to affordably-priced molluscs, plus you can get your hand on Tasmanian salmon, crayfish and fresh prawns. At the nearby stalls you can also stock up on fresh fruit and veg. It’s a win win win.
When: $1 Everyday
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