B&G Oysters Questions, Please!
Planning on going to B&G next week for dinner and have a couple questions:
- Inside or patio? Can we sit on the patio without reservations? Is it nice if its late and the sun is down? Its hard to tell from these boards if the patio is more of a casual scene, or suitable for a nice dinner.
- Any recommendations on what to order?
- I am new to oysters and a raw bar. This is a lame question, but I do not know how to order oysters. I have slowly taken to them, but never done the raw bar thing where you order and eat a bunch of them in bulk. Do not laugh! If we want oysters, do people tend to order them as an app or main course or whatever you want? I have absolutely no idea how many to order. Any pointers here are appreciated.
I went to B&G last week. My boyfriend and i got a dozen Welfleet and Island Creek oysters to start, then had appetizers and entrees. The dessert menu didn't do much for us and we had some more sparkling wine to kill, so we got another half dozen Osterville oysters instead.
I also had the artichoke mentioned here and found it bland and at $14, overpriced.
Once you've been to B&G for oysters -- served at what I consider to be the perfect temp and with the proper accoutrement, then compare and contrast at Neptune across town. The thing I like about Neptune is their tasting notes they provide on the little paper you place your order on. The notes describe the unique character of the oyster before you address it. "medium large, high salt, plump, mushroom finish"
Have fun! There's always room for oysters!
Love the oysters there. Hate the service.
Anyway, there is no right or wrong way to order oysters, really.
Most people order them as an app but I have had them as a main course there several times. Order more or less as you see fit, but 6 would probably be the minimum.
I also agree that it is wise to order a variety, especially if you are new to oysters. Both east and west coast. You will be able to discern real differences in how they taste. Quite a wonderful adventure.
The last time I was at B&G, we got kind of a "tasting" of oysters. As Blumie suggested, we asked the waiter his opinion and ended up ordering a dozen of different varieties that the waiter suggested as an appetizer. It's nice to sit at the counter so you can watch them set everything up.
I'm late replying to this, but I highly recommend the artichoke appetizer. I had it last week and haven't been able to get it out of my mind. A bit expensive at $14, but I'd go back just for that, and oysters. It's a whole artichoke that's been blanched, most leaves plucked off and choke removed, then fried and salted, served with aoili, briny black nicoise olives and crispy flat parmesan. There are still some leaves left to pluck off and scrape with your teeth.
Also the Island Creek oysters suggested by another poster were the favorites from the variety ordered. Perfectly briny and clean.
It's not a lame question. I think oysters can be ordered as an appetizer or main, though if you're new to the raw oyster thing, then as an app woud be a better idea. I would get 8-12, and definitely vary by variety. There are basically 5 types of oyster(east coast, west coast, european flat, kumomoto and olympia) which vary further by origin - oyster terroir. A local favorite, and one of my own, is Island Creek from Duxbury. It's a good one for everyone from beginners to afficionados. Try to choose from fairly spread out geographical areas, In other words, don't get two oysters from Nova Scotia. Be sure to try at least one west coast variety - if they have Kushi, it's very novice friendly and tastes like cucumber.
I personally like mine with a couple of shallots picked out of the mignonette but experiment until you discover your favorite way. Check for any shell of dirt, make sure the oyster is unattached, then knock it back. Enjoy.
We walked in and got a seat on the patio. It is sort of communal or more like close quarters. We made friends with our neighbors immediately and had a great time. Wait staff was fantastic as well.
I am not an oyster fan but in general they are ordered as an app. and by the piece unless there is a sampler platter or something. Get the server to recommend for you and explain the differences.
First off, B&G has some naysayers on this board. I am not one of them; it is one of my favorite places in Boston.
I do not know if you can specifically reserve the patio. I generally just make the decision when I get there, based on the weather, but generally prefer sitting at the counter (on the end, not on the sides).
What to order? Whatever appeals to you. Except skip the desserts; they've never been very good IMHO.
Oyster? I'll usually get a dozen to split between two people, in lieu of ordering an appetizer (or, more commonly, will order a dozen and a couple of other items -- apps and entrees -- to split between two people). Instead of ordering specific types of oysters, I leave that to the waiter to select a variety to try.