Yummy writer Sylvia Kerubo faces her fear of Oysters and tells us all about it!
My first oyster experience wasn’t remarkable. Having lived in Mombasa for 8 years, people assume that seafood comes naturally to me. It doesn’t. That first time, I was with a couple of friends and decided to join the club and indulge in the all too famous oysters experience. I quickly realized these things don’t come with an Oysters for Dummies guide so I just did what everyone else was doing: A squeeze of lemon juice on an oyster and dug in. Though, I made one mistake, I licked the oyster slime instead of gulping it down.
And that was that. I pushed my plate away and declared my eternal eneminity with oysters.
Back to the present.
Sitting in an editorial meeting, my managing editor tasks me with visiting the new Oysters restaurant in Village Market. What could I do? It’s my job!
So off I went, with a few friends for moral support (Or so they say.)
The restaurant is called Off The Rocks, a cozy food stand in Village Market, making it’s name for their Oysters and champagne.
I put on my big girl hat and got to work, We met the owner, Chris Cellini who gave us a brief history about the place, showed us what will be on the menu and proceeded to serve us cocktails, as we waited for our oysters.
Then they came! The dreaded oysters. But this time, they appeared with 3 different sauces, (something I hadn’t seen my first time). Chris, perhaps seeing my apprehension, was kind enough to show us how to eat the oysters, and with his assistance, I gave Oysters another try and I’m happy to report that this time, I actually enjoyed myself! I definitely didn’t expect to enjoy them so much, and even more surprising, I didn’t expect I would feel myself wanting to come back for seconds.
So perhaps you’re wondering, what was the difference?
Maybe I’m older now, maybe I have a more refined palate. But, I think it has everything to do with how they were prepared and the personal guidance of Chris. And of course, the champagne that went deliciously well with the oysters (Who knew?!)
So to the skeptics out there, like me. Here’s a little advice:
Don’t think about it too much. Just do it!
Oysters are slimy, taste like the ocean and the minute you start thinking about all these things, you’ll never really appreciate it to the fullest. Embrace the adventure and just swallow.
Bring on the condiments
Whether it’s lemon, tabasco or other sauces, don’t be afraid to experiment what taste works with you.
You either have it, or you don’t.
Oysters are an acquired taste. It does not work for everybody. But don’t be afraid to go for it again, maybe you’re like me.
Know where you want to start your Oyster experience
Trust me, not all places are a great place to try your first oysters. Choose your restaurant carefully and make sure you know they know what they’re talking about. Off the rocks is an obvious choice for me now.
Pair it well
Champagne with oysters? What a treat! If you had told me this earlier, I would have scoffed but now, I’m a believer! It doesn’t always have to be champagne though, wine pairs well with Oysters too. Trust your restaurant and let them guide you.
So readers, go ahead and try Oysters! We would love to hear about your experiences!