Oyster lovers across Adelaide will tell you that there’s no better way to bring down the curtain on the working week than heading down to the Oyster Bar at Glenelg’s Marina Pier.
That’s because these molluscs of unique taste, texture and aphrodisiacal qualities are best slurped in the cooler months when the lower water temperature delivers its best harvest.
It’s also because, between 5.00pm and 7.00pm each Friday evening, you will discover that a dozen fresh oysters from Coffin Bay – the holy grail of premium oysters – can be enjoyed for just $24 during a two-hour window that doubles as Happy Hour. And it’s not unusual for the restaurant to whizz through 500 dozen oysters in the blink of an eye.
Run by husband and wife team Jarrad and Kirsty Carter, the menu also caters for those misguided souls not smitten by oysters, with numerous other seafood options, grazing plates featuring pork and duck spring rolls, and an enticing spread of specials currently championing a barbecued Korean pork belly sandwich and prawns with chilli and aioli.
The venue, also renowned for its friendliness and prime position at the water’s edge, heavily supports South Australian producers and, in addition to the food, offers wines from our many premium vineyards, craft beers from local brewers and a selection of artisan spirits. Local musicians are supported, too, with live performances on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
The radiant community feel, where regulars outnumber visitors – or in Kirsty’s lingo, regulars-in-waiting – and a gregarious gaggle of bar and waiting staff are on first name terms with those they serve and familiar with their likes and dislikes, extends to regular, well-frequented shucking classes.
Here, the ‘Let’s Shuck’ experience is just $60. The expert Oyster Bar team will take you through the fine art of shucking and fill you with fascinating facts – and the occasionally fantasy – about the remarkable oyster. And once you’ve shucked your dozen oysters, they are yours to enjoy. Why not add a tailored wine flight for $15 and taste some of South Australia’s very best wines from all four regions in SA
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