Tucked away unassumingly in Copenhagen's hip Meatpacking District is one of the city's top seafood restaurants, Kodbyens Fiskebar Restaurant. The industrial-style interior has design elements taken from the neighborhood and may not seem the setting for a Michelin-worthy meal, but the casual vibe in my opinion, only enhances the experience.
The chef is fanatical about sourcing the freshest seafood. If you haven't booked a table in advance, try going early and score a seat at the bar. The bartender will insist you have a glass of white wine with your oysters (try the briny Marennes). And don't miss the excellent razor clam with maltbread, fennel, tarragon and dill.
Searching for the perfect oyster!
Oysters magically appear all over the world, when you look for them.
...for a night of unforgettable Mexican food, prepared by chef Victor's team. Baja oysters, parrot fish 'tiradito', steamed pork taquitos, oven cooked tlayuda with shrimp, braised short rib, and should you STILL have ANY room left for dessert–smoked tart tatin with tequila ice cream. HEAVEN.
The Witchery Restaurant is a Scottish institution. A high-end dining experience in an enchanting and magical atmosphere - a setting that is perfectly in tune with the spooky legends Edinburgh is known for. You must make a reservation and try to sit in "The Secret Garden". I recommend the Oysters, the Haggis, and the Salmon...you will leave more than satisfied. The Witchery also has 9 suites with the same quality and medieval theme as the restaurant. To have the full Witchery experience and sleep there, as well, reservations must be made very far in advance.
Some of the best oysters in Montreal at the Jean Talon Market
Michelin-starred restaurants sometimes appear in the unlikeliest places and have the unlikeliest views. That's the case with Etxebarri, a gem of a Basque restaurant -- it received its first star a couple of years ago -- where grilled food takes center stage. Its home, the hamlet of Axpe, seems literally in the middle of nowhere. Even with a GPS you're sure to take many a wrong turn, making your 30-minute trip from Bilbao sometimes considerably longer. (Even my seasoned bus driver was clueless.) Once ensconced on the second-floor of the beam-ceilinged dining room, I spied cows grazing in the Axtondo Valley's verdant fields. In this unpretentious atmosphere -- the restaurant is housed in a centuries-old stone farmhouse -- chef Victor Arguinzoniz is a serious grill sorcerer: he designed all the cookware, makes the charcoal, and grills the seemingly ungrillable. (Oysters, caviar, sea...
When wandering around Dubrovnik and you are in the need of eating lunch head over to Prijeko street it's parallel to crowded Placa. Choose one of the restaurants, seat along the street and enjoy some delectable oysters.
Why not? There are also oysters, margaritas, gelato and lots more at the Neighbour Goods Market. But only on Saturdays.
by Jennie Nunn
Outfitted with industrial pendant lamps and wooden communal tables, Garagistes serves biodynamic wines from small island vineyards along with organic labels from France, Italy, and Spain. The restaurant offers tapas-style plates, including Bruny Island oysters and locally produced Belstone Gouda.
Garagistes, 61/(0) 3-6231-0558. Photo courtesy of Garagistes. This appeared in the March/April 2012 issue.
The Brittany region on France’s northwest coast is known for its oysters, cotriade (a fish and potato stew), hard ciders, crepes, and galettes. During private, customized trips with Paris-based Purple Truffle, local chefs welcome you into their kitchens to learn how to prepare the region’s specialties.
WHAT YOU’LL MAKE: Dishes include Breton-style clams with garlic; tomatoes, artichokes, and goat cheese with marjoram; Breton galettes, which are savory pancakes made with buckwheat flour, filled with ham, cheese, and a fried egg; far Breton, a custardlike cake containing brandy-soaked prunes.
HIGHLIGHTS: Tour an oyster farm with the owner as your guide; then, with the help of a local wine expert, pair mollusks and muscadet. Taste homemade goat cheese, cider, and regional pastries at a Brittany farm. Stay in an 18th-century manor overlooking the pink granite coast.
While farmers’ markets have sprung up all over Prague, the one that sprawls out near the Dejvická metro station is the most popular because of its location and size. On Saturday mornings, local vendors and farmers from the countryside set up their stands and offer a wide range of fruits, vegetables, juices, bread, pies, wines, and even fresh fish and oysters. Dejvická Station, Dejvice. Photo by João Canziani. This appeared in the October 2012 issue. Read "The New Bohemia."
What a great way to spend a spring day in the Bay Area. Hog Island in Tamales Bay has very tasty oysters, a fun staff and a very friendly, comfortable environ. It used to be solely shuck it yourself and bring your own beverages. Although that is still my favorite way (but make a res in advance), it's a great option to have them do the work.
The Naschmarkt is absolutely one of the things you have to experience during your stay in Vienna! Locals call Vienna’s largest inner city market also the “city’s stomach”. The market is an unique place for strolling, admiring, discovering and sampling. You can buy everything to do with food: fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, bread and cheese. There is a great number of Austrian delicatessen on sale, such as flavored vinegar, champagne sauerkraut, and much more. And if you are hungry there is a great choice of restaurants. If you happen to be there on a Saturday, don't forget to stroll through the fleamarket, which is right next to it.
During oyster season from October through April (any month with an “r” in it), locals flock to Le Baron Rouge a low-brow wine bar in the 12th arrondissement. Customers use just about any available space (the tops of recycling bins, the roofs of parked cars, the shoulders of their friends) to balance plates of oysters, which they’ll flavor with a squeeze of lemon and wash down with a glass of chilly Sancerre wine. 1 rue Théophile Roussel, 33/(0) 1-4343-1432
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