Oysters: a natural precursor to dinner or a trendy afternoon snack with friends at a rooftop bar. They might not be the easiest of the seafood family to eat, and they can definitely be an acquired taste with their squishy texture, but get all the components right and team them with French champagne, and these bad boy aphrodisiacs are your new best buds.
Check out where you can get the best shuck for your buck in Melbourne below.
Safe to say the crew at Richmond Oyster know a thing or two when it comes to oysters – you know, having been named after them and all. Head on over to their Church Street digs and immerse yourself in what can only be described as a seafood paradise. With Pacific and Sydney Rock oysters the stars of the show, you and your oyster-loving party can basically have them any way you like, from freshly shucked natural with lemon to baked, fried or even with béchamel sauce! They’re available in multiples of three, six and twelve with a range of sauces – or if you want to try something different, give an oyster shot a go - Bloody Mary or Japanese Sake anyone?
South Yarra & CBD
Most commonly known for their signature Hopkins River steak, Entrecote in South Yarra, and more recently the CBD, is fast becoming a destination for devout oyster fans. These Pacific Blackmans Bay oysters are shucked to order and served with a delish mignonette sauce made from minced shallots. But for the ultimate in oyster fun, make sure you take advantage of the Entrecote happy hour between 4pm – 6pm daily where these little guys are just $2 a pop! Wash them down with a glass of Mumm champagne and your night’s looking pretty darn tasty. Go on, load ‘em up!
Love oysters, but want to take the middleman out and get them straight from the seafood dealer? Head on over to Claringbolds at Prahran Market where you’ll find the freshest selection of seasonal oysters. Pre-shucked or post-shucked, it’s totally up to you - they’ll even throw in some ice to keep them cooler for longer. And if you need some serving pointers, just ask the friendly staff – they’ll be only too happy to help!
Add something extra to after work drinks with a trip to Arbory, Melbourne’s longest bar and eatery located alongside Flinders Street Station. If you haven’t been here yet, it’s really time you did - not only do they have a great selection of drinks, they also have an OYSTER TROLLEY! Yep, Thursday and Friday nights from 5pm, you and your crew will be treated to $2 Pacific oysters served with lemon and tabasco sauce, straight from the cart. If that’s not service, we don’t know what is!
Veuve Cliquot Pop-Up Bar at Fatto
So this super stylish Veuve Cliquot outdoor terrace bar nestled on the water’s edge was only meant to be a short-term extension of popular Italian restaurant Fatto, but for some reason it’s still going and we’re not complaining! Make the most of this awesome outdoor hot spot and enjoy all things Veuve (of course!) alongside the daily oyster special. Cosy up with your lover or catch-up on the week’s gossip with your work pals – however you do it, everything is better with oysters and Veuve. Sigh.
Located in The Atlantic at Crown Casino, the oyster bar & grill is the perfect space to kick back after the working week with a glass of champagne in one hand and an oyster in the other. With Pacific oysters flown in daily, freshly shucked just for you, there’s always something new to try on the menu. And if you’re dining with non-oyster eating friends (do these people even exist?!), they can choose from a whole stack of other non-oyster delights - so basically everyone wins!
Ever tried oyster with cider emulsion and parsley oil? No? Well make sure you do, and fast! At Panama Dining in Fitzroy it’s all about fusing seasonal produce together to create bold, punchy flavours - and the oysters are no exception. Of course, you could come for the Mother Shucker’s premium oyster hour between 6pm-7pm where you get to down your little friends for just $1 a pop. Yep boys and girls, and do you know what the best part is? This amazing happy hour happens every night of the week! You’re welcome.
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