From Oysters to Sashimi: A Guide to the Best Raw Bar Selections

When it comes to enjoying the freshest seafood, a raw bar is the way to go. Whether you’re a fan of briny oysters, succulent shrimp, or delicate sashimi, there’s something for everyone at a well-stocked raw bar. And if you’re looking for the ultimate raw bar experience, look no further than The Deck at Island Gardens.

Located in a stunning waterfront setting, The Deck at Island Gardens offers a raw bar selection that is second to none. With a focus on quality and freshness, our chefs source the finest seafood from local waters and beyond. From East Coast oysters to Hawaiian yellowtail, every item on our raw bar menu is guaranteed to be of the highest quality.

One of the most popular items on our raw bar menu is the oysters. Served on the half shell with a side of mignonette sauce, these briny bivalves are a true delicacy. We offer a rotating selection of oysters from different regions, so you can sample a variety of flavors and textures. Whether you prefer your oysters sweet and buttery or salty and mineral-rich, we have something for every palate.

In addition to oysters, our raw bar also features a selection of crudo and sashimi. Crudo, which is Italian for “raw,” refers to thinly sliced raw fish or seafood that is seasoned with salt, olive oil, and citrus. Our crudo options may include tuna, salmon, or hamachi, depending on what’s fresh and in season. Sashimi, on the other hand, is a traditional Japanese dish that consists of thinly sliced raw fish served without rice. Our sashimi selection may include favorites like yellowtail, snapper, or scallops.

For those who prefer their seafood cooked, we also offer a variety of cooked options on our raw bar menu. From grilled octopus to steamed mussels, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And if you’re in the mood for something a little more substantial, be sure to try our seafood towers, which feature a decadent assortment of oysters, shrimp, crab, and lobster.

If you’re new to the world of raw bars, you may have some questions about how to navigate the menu. Here are a few frequently asked questions to help you make the most of your raw bar experience:

1. What is the difference between oysters, crudo, and sashimi?

Oysters are bivalve mollusks that are typically served on the half shell. Crudo refers to thinly sliced raw fish or seafood that is seasoned with salt, olive oil, and citrus. Sashimi is a traditional Japanese dish that consists of thinly sliced raw fish served without rice.

2. How should I eat oysters?

To eat an oyster, first, check for any bits of shell, then add a squeeze of lemon or a dash of mignonette sauce for extra flavor. Tilt the shell to your mouth and slurp it down in one bite to enjoy the full briny flavor.

3. What is the best way to enjoy crudo and sashimi?

Crudo and sashimi are best enjoyed with minimal seasoning to allow the delicate flavors of the fish to shine. Dip each bite lightly in soy sauce or wasabi, if desired, but be careful not to overpower the natural taste of the seafood.

4. Can I customize my raw bar selection?

Absolutely! Feel free to mix and match your favorite items from the raw bar menu to create a personalized seafood feast. Our chefs are happy to accommodate any special requests or dietary restrictions.

So whether you’re a seasoned raw bar aficionado or a newcomer looking to expand your culinary horizons, The Deck at Island Gardens is the perfect place to indulge in the freshest seafood around. With a stunning waterfront setting, a diverse selection of raw bar offerings, and impeccable service, we’re sure to make your dining experience one to remember.

To learn more about The Deck at Island Gardens and to make a reservation, visit our website at https://islandgardens.com. We look forward to welcoming you to our raw bar soon!