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Oct 15, 2010 01:57 AM

I had my first oyster yesterday. Not really impressed.

Me and Donna went to Loch Fyne yesterday, and you can get a single oyster for £1.50, so I thought why not.

It arrived on a big tray of ice, with a slice of lemon, tobasco sauce, worcester sauce and some chilli dip thing. I picked it up and chewed it, but IMO it had a mild chickeny taste and the rest was salt and a kind of harbour taste. I bit into the lemon slice a bit halfway through.

My other starter was moules mariniere, which I enjoyed way more. I think I would have oysters again as part of a beef-shin and oyster pie, which I've wanted to make for a while, but on their own I'm not a big fan.

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  1. Each to their own, I guess.

    I love oysters, although I'm very much a late-comer to them.

    Albeit a large chain, Loch Fyne do serve up pretty decent seafood, IMO. Often have some cracking lunch deals (currently £10 for two courses, which might be marinated herring followed by grilled plaice).

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    1. re: Harters

      Yeah, the mussels were spot on, and Donna's fish cakes and Goan curry were great too.

      I was impressed that they let me order a lobster off-menu, one hlaf with garlic butter, one with regular butter. One side was a bit cold though. And the chips were awful, but when they came to ask if everything was alright, I said I hated the chips, and could they take them off for us, and she was fine with that.

      It cost a lot what with the lobster and the wine (which wasn't great), but I would go again. Sorely tempted by the duck served with bubble and squeak... And that was on the £10 for 2 courses deal.

      Oh, and there's a voucher for a free glass of wine on their site with the a la carte too.

    2. (disclaimer, I Love oysters)

      I'm happy you gave them a try!! there are many people who will simply dismiss food because they _imagine_ it's not good.

      Eating only one variety of oysters is one thing, eating 2, 3 different types makes it much more fun and you can tell the difference between them.

      An eating them in a restaurant is not fun either, lot more expensive.


      1. That is more or less my life-time relationship with oysters in a nutshell. I grew up in an oyster-loving family, and always had to at least try one. There isn't enough cocktail sauce in the world to make them taste good to me. Eventually my parents accepted that I'd tried them enough times to know I didn't like them and started adding boiled shrimp to the menu for our Christmas Eve oyster roasts.

        1. Well Soop, I'm glad you at least _tried_ an oyster. Personally, I Love them having first tasted them as a young teen-ager. I agree with Maxmilien up-thread, there are several kinds of oysters and each has its own distinct characteristic. One flavor does not fit all...

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          1. re: Gio

            Yeah, had to try at least one. Are they really that different?

            1. re: Soop

              I don't have a good enough palate to tell a difference between the two oysters you're likely to come across, Soop.

              "Rock" oysters are available all year round, while the "natives" (which I think are larger) are only on sale between September & April. We were in Whitstable in July - great place for oysters.

          2. I had gone nearly 15 years since my last oyster (which by the way was bad - I got terribly ill). Then someone offered me one and I couldn't refuse. I skipped the sauce and just squeezed a minute amount of lemon on it. I sucked it back and was impressed by the briny taste. My one question, and I do not claim to be an expert, but I have rarely heard of people chewin gthe oyster. I think you may have eaten it wrong. From what I know, you're supposed to enjoy the briny taste with the slick texture and whatever given topping you have chosen.

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            1. re: jhopp217

              I was going to chew half and swallow half, but it was too small really. I don't like the idea of paying for the food and just swallowing it straight, so I would have chewed it anyway.

              1. re: Soop

                So you feel you get a better value if you chew the oyster rather than letting it slide down your throat?