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lost squirrel Dec 9, 2007 06:19 PM

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.

  1. steamer Dec 10, 2007 06:54 AM

    I saw this on TV the other day. I was wondering if they did enough business at the oyster bar to turn over the oysters. Also they said the oysters were 400 to 500 yen apeice, how much was the sampler?

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    1. re: steamer
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      lost squirrel Dec 10, 2007 03:13 PM

      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.
      http://www.oysterbartokyo.com/

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      tokyosalaryman Dec 10, 2007 08:19 PM

      a little unrelated but I have another oyster recommendation.
      This place http://www.oysterbar.jp/english/tokyo.html 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.

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      1. re: tokyosalaryman
        Robb S Dec 10, 2007 08:58 PM

        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."

        1. re: tokyosalaryman
          FourSeasons Dec 10, 2007 10:39 PM

          I will second Maimon, good oysters from all over Japan, hip atmosphere and agreed absolutely a slick date spot. Pretty good yakitori and steak with some fusion food as well.

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            lost squirrel Dec 10, 2007 11:12 PM

            Maimon looks good, cheaper than Grand Central as well. I didn't expect that once I saw it was in Nishi-Azabu, cool.

            What are the prices like at TokyoOysterBar?

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              tokyosalaryman Dec 11, 2007 09:51 PM

              Cheap! Oysters start around 250. Probably total 4000 without booze. Sure, its not super budget style but decent prices for an oyster place. Despite being pretty unsophisticated its pretty popular though, good to have reservations.

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