BY AURÉLIE PTITO
Since autumn is oyster season, we thought we’d get the Foodie Collective together to test out a few varieties, and Kim’s housewarming presented the perfect occasion for us to gorge ourselves on these delicious bivalves.We headed to the Odessa Poissonnier outlet to pick up a few different kinds and this is definitely the place to go for great seafood. They have lots of varieties, in big and small boxes or in bulk so you can buy as many or as few as you want, and mix and match. This time around, we decided to stick to East Coast oysters, more specifically different varieties from PEI.
Featured oysters served with prepared horseradish, lemon, Frank’s Red Hot, mignonette and copious amounts of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc:
Cavendish Malpeques ($17.99 for 18)
These were very juicy, with a clean, salty taste. We broiled a few with a bit of butter and Sriracha sauce, which gave them a bit of a kick without completely masking the delicate flavour of the meat.
Next stop, West Coast for some creamy Kumamotos.
Where to buy in Montreal:
Odessa Poissonnier (Various locations)
Where to eat in Montreal:
*Lawrence (5201 St. Laurent, (514) 503-1070) features $1 oysters from 5:30-7 pm on weeknights. Slurp them with one of their killer martinis for the perfect 5 à 7 combo.
*Pair the tasty molluscs with a glass of chilled Chablis at Micro Resto La Famille (418 Gilford, (514) 508-8700).
*L’Orignal (479 St. Alexis, (514) 303-0479) is a staple for oyster lovers, with many varieties from both coasts.
*The aptly named Oyster Shack (1242 Bishop, (514) 395-1888) serves up no frills oyster platters with saltine crackers and Tabasco.
*And Cartel (101 Fairmount W., (514) 564-9996) hosts an oyster and bubbles night on Wednesdays.
Leave your favourite oyster spots in the comments.