Report Back - Grand Central Oyster Bar
Sunday I went to the Shinagawa aquarium and stopped at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in Atre Shinagawa for a little brunch.
The Bloody Mary was very tomato-y, but fortunately they have a pepper mill and Tobasco on the table.
We tried an 8 oyster sampler to start and it included two from Oyster Bay (US) that were amazing. I'm having a tough time remembering the other kinds, but the "Kyushuk...." something oysters were a bit salty.
New England Clam chowder was a litle bland but they graciously offered to split it for the two of us. Nice touch.
Fried oysters, NY style were quite good.
Cajun Style Swordfish quesadillas were more like a large, grilled wrap sandwich but also tasty. It came with homemade salsa and guacamole, a very nice touch.
I'll head back again for sure.
I visited on a Sunday around noon and there was a wait of about 15 minutes for just the counter seating, tables were even longer.
Oysters were 400 to 500, most around 450-500. They have a 4, 8 or 12 oyster sampler.
The 8 is 3,150
The 12 is 4,725
If you take the set lunch and include a 4 or 8 sampler, they are 1,430 or 2,835 respectively.
Here is their website, both English and Japanese with PDF menus.
a little unrelated but I have another oyster recommendation.
This place http://www.oysterbar.jp/english/tokyo... its no dining "destination" in terms of decor and whatnot but the oysters have always been good and of decent variety. The wine list is alright too.
Also Maimon http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g398512/ is a slick date spot.
I thought the oyster bar boom was waning (except for the ever-expanding G&O Gumbo Oyster Bar chain), but I actually walked past three new oyster bars just last week. (Ostrea and Pescaderia in Akasaka and Jackpot Oyster Bar in Shimo-Kitazawa.)
I wonder if all this competition will bring the prices down. Or lead to shortages - the last time I was at the oyster bar in Yebisu Garden Place they were "out of oysters."