National Oyster Day! Hooray!

Do you like oysters? Not everyone does. But we do! Needless to say, yea, we were a little excited for this special event.

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Last Wednesday was National Oyster Day so OF COURSE Tom and I had to check out a new spot that was hosting an oyster tasting. What a perfect first story for our little blog, hmm? Chef Steven Jones recently opened the Walrus & the Pearl which features a daily menu of fresh seafood, most of which is in the raw form. Oh, darn! These two lucky contestants, snatched up the last couple of tickets and headed on down (town). Located in a former car showroom, The Desoto Central Market, has been revamped into a hip collection of shops including a bar-n-burger spot, bakery, juice shop,and a latin-asian food concept. Check it out!

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Tom doing his impression of Kermit the Frog’s “It’s none of my business though…”

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After checking in, Tom ordered a glass of sparkling Cava and I checked out the cocktail menu at the bar. The DCM Bar offers some crafty little cocktails and some classic libations. I decided on The Fountain of Youth cocktail. A refreshing, citrusy mixture of Titos, St. Germaine, lemon, and a splash of Prosecco= made for me!

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Fountain of Youth cocktail, courtesy of DCM Bar. Walrus & the Pearl oyster tasting menu.

The beginning of the meal began with a Kimchi and Pickled Melon “Salad on a Seashell.” Yea, we’re in the right place. Kimchi is our favorite. Or one of them anyway. Do you like riddles? Good, because the next item on the menu was really the first. The Hamachi Crudo. It was topped with a roasted tomato vinaigrette, micro basil and flowers, and sea salt. Holy moly, this was some fresh fish! Melt-in-your-mouth tender, accentuated with the rich flavors of the roasted tomato and salt, really brought it all home.

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Now for the star of the show, oysters! Chef treated us to five different oysters, all east coast except one, the Kumamoto. Misty Points, Chincoteague Salts, Pope’s Bay, and Chunu, shared the stage, each offering a different profile. Each oyster was paired up with a different wine except for the Chi-Salts (sorry, just couldn’t try re-typing that) was paired with a Mudshark Upriver lager, which is made right here in sunny Az!

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Kumamoto Baja (bottom middle, the small one), Misty Point VA, Chincoteague Salts VA, Pope’s Bay VA, Chunu VA

To finish, and to our luck, we were treated to a poke of not yellow fin, per the menu, but of Hawaiian Big Eye tuna. A deep-sea water fish, boasting a higher fat content, is the most delicate of all tunas. Topped with a light yuzu, japanese citrus, was the perfect end to the meal. Well, almost. We decided to order just a couple more oysters. Eighteen or so. Yea, it’s a problem. Told ya we love us some oysters!!

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Thank you to Chef Steven Jones, Megan the server, and Pete our “master shucker!”   The Walrus & the Pearl is located inside the Desoto Central Market. 915 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Az 85004

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Pete, Schucker

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