On Saturday night, after an exciting afternoon with all those Post40Bloggers MrS and I decided we needed a night out on the town, him having been away all week in Tel Aviv.
He pulled it out of the bag once again by suggesting we go to J Sheekey Oyster Bar. Eating Oysters was on my fuckit list so I was very excited, although slightly concerned I wouldn’t like them.
We had a pre dinner pitstop at TGIs for cocktails – a Red Velvet and a Pornstar Martini for me a slightly more classy Long Island Iced Tea for MrS.
I LOVED J Sheekey from the moment we entered. It has a brilliant atmosphere athough I’m not sure I can begin to pinpoint it to a particular style. American speakeasy crossed with faded elegance? The music was 1920’s late night jazz club and the waiting staff wore white shirts and long aprons. The staff themselves were knowledgeable, friendly and fun.
We had just six oysters between us with a glass of champagne to start, in case I didn’t like them. I thought they looked beautiful sat on their bed of ice.
MrS had explained about the shallot vinegar and Tabasco sauce before hand. I told him I wouldn’t be having Tabasco at all as I had a bad experience with it once. So, three oysters, enough to decide whether I liked them. Which… I really did! I had the second with Tabasco after all, but then remembered why I had said I wouldn’t have any! By the third I was even brave enough to chew one. I was sold. I love seafood but Oysters are notoriously marmite. I will definitely be having them again.
We then went on to have scallops, clams, squid, some enormous prawns and some goujons. With chips natch (well, matchstick fries actually). The food was amazing. MrS even managed to sneak in a small welsh rarebit for “dessert” and I had a couple of chocolate truffles. We discussed who it was who first thought eating raw oysters was the way to go rather than cooking them and why we don’t eat raw mussels too. I have no idea but now that Oysters have been demystified for me I will definitely be having them again and we are planning a day out to the Whitstable Oyster Festival in July :)