oysters in london
- abby d Dec 6, 2009 12:08 PM
having been very uninterested in oysters i've developed a real taste for them over the past few months. where in london do people recommend i eat them?
i went to bentleys on swallow st yesterday and had a wonderful mixed plate which meant i could compare and contrast which was a great way to get a sense of how they can vary. where else should i try?
and what about buying and preparing them myself? any tips on where to get them?
J Sheekey! Just go to the bar.
Randall & Aubin also fun.
Also, Spitalfields on Sundays...McManus Brothers. I think he also does Borough on Saturdays.
I've seen at least two different oyster vendors at Borough Market on Saturdays. They sell them closed to go, or for a bit more they'll shuck them for you to eat on the spot.
For buying them yourself any decent fishmonger should be a good bet, I didn't live in London but in Bath, I had three good sources which included the wet fish counter at Waitrose. If you are really keen I understand one of the best way of getting them in bulk is by mail order as they are really fresh.
As it is Christmas a good pressie to put on the list is to ask for a chainmail glove and oyster knife. They are not cheap but are very safe and ensure shucking with confidence.
thanks for the tips everyone, i shall work my way through them.
i'll try and get the stallholders mentionned to give me tips on opening them so i reduce the likelihood of failure when i try myself!