Did you know that eating four oysters a day gives you a complete daily supply of copper, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc? That said, oysters are quite an indulgent ‘snack’ if you were to include it into your daily diet. But for all its health benefits (and aphrodisiac qualities), why not?
Just like wine, oysters vary in terms of its size and taste depending on its terroir. The Pacific ones like the Kumamotos tend to be sweeter while the East coast oysters from Australia and New Zealand are brinier. Some oysters are creamy and plump due to its slow growth in nutrient-rich waters. You can also use descriptors like ‘cucumber’ to describe the oysters (British oysters often have a cucumber finish) or ‘copper’ for those carrying a strong, acidic aftertaste.
They are best eaten raw with some condiments to complement its natural taste – it’s all about balance. You can now enjoy oysters anytime, as it is rather easy to procure from seafood markets or rather your favourite oyster bars. There are also mobile oyster bars and delivery services available around Klang Valley if you like to impress your family and friends during house parties. You can show off your shucking skills or have a professional on hand to do the work for you in the comfort of your home.
But before you do that, allow us to introduce to you five of the best oyster bars in Kuala Lumpur to enjoy the freshest and most succulent air-flown oysters whether with a spritz of lemon, a sprinkle of sea salt or a dash of tabasco.
Established in 2017 by brothers Charles Devan and Patrick Devendran, Ingrained by Ironwoods is located inside Cellar Eighteen, which retails fine wines and spirits. Here, you can enjoy succulent oysters and other seafood to pair with a selection of drinks. If you’re lucky, the Sabahan duo will be around to provide you with the best recommendations and pairings.
As the first oyster bar in KL, Shucked is dedicated to bringing the finest and freshest imported seafood and shellfish that are air-flown daily from the waters of Amsterdam, London, Adelaide and Auckland. First timers to the bar can sample the highly recommended French Fine de Claire and the Kiwi Cloudy Bay oysters. Instead of the usual spritz of lemon or hot sauce, pair these oysters with some caviar for an indulgent treat. Shucked is located in seven locations across Klang Valley.
Southern Rock Seafood is located off Jalan Bangsar along the same row as Coley’s and Lisette’s. Diners will not be disappointed by the array of shellfish and fresh seafood that are sourced from the best fishermen from Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Start with the Oyster Shooters comprising Tragheanna Bay oysters from Ireland and Bloody Mary shots – the perfect combo not to be missed.
Bait is one of the few restaurants in Bangsar’s Telawi Square to offer fresh and juicy oysters as a happy hour treat – proving that oysters can be enjoyed during any occasion all day. Pair these freshly shucked oysters with Bait’s extensive wine menu. Choose slightly heavier white wines like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, or a sweet Pinot Grigio to complement the seafood of choice.
Atlas Gourmet Market is more than just an artisanal grocer offering the best curation of cured meat, organic heirloom vegetables, cheese and dry-aged beef and imported wines. Head over to the Poseidon Reserve counter for the freshly shucked oysters and delicious caviar with a good glass of wine (recommended by the in-house sommelier). They are currently running a 1-for-1-oyster promo from 4.00pm onwards every Wednesday. Enjoy the seasonal White Pearl oysters from France (available until March) or if you’re lucky, catch the Fat Bastard from Australia. These massively plump and succulent oysters have a clean crisp taste that is perfect with a dash of vinegar or on its own.