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Published June 24th 2018
The Oyster Bar is beautifully tucked away in the lesser known yet equally irresistible Marina Pier section in Glenelg. With gorgeous views of the Marina, decorated with scarlet red flowers that grace the Pier, and an impeccable selection of freshly picked oysters, the space offers customers with a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together eclectic with relaxed dining.
Having only previously been to the Oyster Bar for some after-work drinks, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about their versatile menu options, which extend beyond their namesake and include options of other seafood, cheese and meat platters, and also boast of a fine selection of handpicked wines, beers, and spirits from our beautiful and rich South Australian backyard!
The majestic pyramid of beer in the Oyster Bar space (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
Going for their signature dish - oysters - I was treated to the mixed oyster plate, which was served with Oliver (shallots and red wine vinegar), Atlantic (smoked salmon, sour cream, and chives), Darleyfella (spinach mornay), and the Panko (Japanese breadcrumb). With a centrepiece of rocket and a lemon wedge, the oysters delivered in presentation and in taste - all four varieties of them! The Darleyfella was my favourite, purely because I am an avid lover of spinach dishes. However, the other three varieties of oyster maintained the fresh oyster taste and added an element of excitement with their creative infusion of spices and other flavours.
Selection of mixed oysters (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
Next up, there was the seafood plate, which came with natural oysters, whole king prawns, smoked salmon, and salt and pepper squid with dipping sauces. This is such a fantastic little share platter that can cater to those who love different forms of seafood! The prawns were oozing with freshness and tasted just as good on its own as it did with the tartare sauce. The oysters were orgasmically pleasing to say the least and the meaty bit was tender with a touch of firmness. The salt and pepper squid were dusted with just the right amount of the condiment and presented with ever so subtle crunchy surface, with soft and tender meat hiding underneath. With the smoked salmon - you can't really go wrong with it. It was simply brilliant and exuded with a pleasing smoky taste.
For those who may be more inclined to enjoy something a bit different, why not couple your wine with a brilliant cheese platter? Packed with the best of goods, such as beetroot dips, grilled pita, vienna, olives, and cheese, the homemade dips and cheese platter is the perfect accompaniment with a delicious drop of wine that can be enjoyed with the sunset view of the ocean!
Homemade dips and cheese platter (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
For drinks, there is no way of going past the heavenly looking pyramid of beers, which has the classics, as well as some local favourites. For wines, there is the particular that goes down a good drop! Want something refreshing and has a sense of pizzazz to it? Opt for the Aperol Spritz and I can guarantee you that you will not want to stop sipping on this beauty.
Don't let the biting cold of winter let you shy away from this gem, which is perfectly nestled in picturesque Glenelg. With stunning waterfront views, a plethora of fresh seafood options, and a fine selection of beer, wine, and spirits that are sourced from our beautiful little state, there's a lot to enjoy at the Oyster Bar - Holdfast Shores.
Special thanks to the team at The Oyster Bar for their hospitality, and to Nikki Turner from The Adelaide Collective for the opportunity to dine at The Oyster Bar.