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Aug 5, 2010 01:36 AM

FYI: Incredibly Tasty Oyster Alert!

Kiriko owner Ken-san just got an incredibly fresh shipment of New Zealand North Island Coromandel oysters.

Mrs. J.L. & I never had this species of oyster before. We tried these on the half-shell, and...

Good Lord!!! They were sooo tasty! This is a medium-sized oyster, but almost overflowing with meat (difficult to shuck, but the good people of Kiriko know how to do seafood right). Get'em while they're here!

11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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      1. re: raytamsgv

        I was just thinking the same thing...beautiful; which is odd since oysters really are pretty gross looking when you think about it, but our brain remembers how good they taste and immediately translates gross into gorgeous.

      2. Hi J.L.,

        Darn it! I won't be able to stop by for a bit, sigh. Here's to hoping they still have them in the coming month. Thanks for the info. :)

        1. Got to be my favorite oyster. When they're around, Water Grill usually has them too.

          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          1. This oyster certainly looks different from the standard Pacific oyster.
            Also, you have the benefit of this being a winter oyster, from the southern hemisphere.
            The size is also good, which is small. They are usually very tender and tasty.
            Was it naturally very salty or briny?

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            1. re: Tripeler

              Nice and briny - Just awesome. Please report back if you get them!

            2. I had these last Saturday at Anisette in Santa Monica. They were filled w/ liquor and had a nice salt bite. I wonder if we are getting these to replace missing Gulf oysters? If so....... Hmmmm...... we destroy the oyster beds to get at the oil underneath then use airplanes to bring in a replacement.............. Just a thought.....

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              1. re: Robhungry1

                Funny you mentioned the Gulf - I asked Ken-san at Kiriko for his 2 cents about the Gulf disaster and oyster supply. He says that a large portion of his oysters were originally coming from the Pacific Northwest anyways (and not the Gulf of Mexico). Therefore, not much of an impact for him.

                11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                1. re: J.L.

                  J.L.: Gorgeous! Darnit... now I have my major oyster craving.

                  ROBHUNGRY1: Anisette sounds good!