Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shucked Oyster & Seafood Bar @ Publika

Seafood addicts can now make a beeline for Ben's Independent Grocer in Publika, where Shucked Oyster & Seafood Bar opened this month.

Mollusks, crustaceans & finny friends here are supplied by Bangsar's Southern Rock Seafood, which secures fresh produce from Australia, New Zealand & Europe.

A natural progression: The BIG Group has outlets dedicated to vegetables, pork, steaks & more, so it's no surprise that seafood now has its own set-up too.

Snatch a seat at this supermarket counter while Shuck's friendly crew shucks your oysters.

Coramandel (North Island, NZ, RM21 for three) & Tasmanian Prime (Australia, RM24 for three), a terrific tasting plate, flooded with luscious brininess. Dutch Creuses & French Fines de Claires are also available, dependent on what's been flown in.

But oysters tell less than half the tale here at Shucked. For the full experience, dip into delights like this piping-hot prawn bisque, partnered with bread & mustard.

Our favorite platter at Shucked comprises the Aussie smoked ocean trout (RM25), served simply with bread & butter. The fruits of the sea seldom seem sweeter than this.

Dutch herring (RM15), meant maybe to evoke memories of eating Amsterdam's street stall fish. 

Salmon gravlax (RM20). Good enough, but not as greatly satisfying as the ocean trout.

A shooter of shrimp (RM10). Positive news: no service charge imposed at Shucked.

Boston Bay mussels (RM32 for 400 grams), cooked live. Beautiful, as juicy as it gets.

North Sea prawns (RM25 1/2 pint). Fab finger food, though there's nowhere here for hand rinses.

Seafood like this deserves some sparkling or white for maximum enjoyment.

Shucked Seafood & Oyster Bar,
Ben's Independent Grocer, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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41 comments:

  1. Not a seafood fan but I love ocean trout! and that dutch herring! I totally remember eating a freshly cleaned herring off the market shelves when i was in Rossendaal, The Netherlands! :)

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    1. Tng: seafood floats my boat, heheh! :D oh yes, having the herring here definitely reminded me of munching on herring sandwiches in Amsterdam. The herring here is good, though understandably not as amazingly fresh as amsterdam's, but still a worthwhile substitute in kl =)

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  2. Seafood galore! Something that I have to monitor my intake....but I supposed its too good to resist. So its dinner tomorrow at Shucked Seafood...and worry later. LOL.

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    1. Missyblurkit; I was trying to read about whether oysters are ultimately good or bad for the health, and it's hard to decide! They're high in cholesterol, but it's mainly the beneficial sort of cholesterol. And they're high in sodium, but they have lotsa zinc and minerals as everyone knows. I give up, heh :D but heh, yeah, hope you'll enjoy Shucked. I think it's worth indulging in seafood here! =)

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    2. Oysters are good in small amounts for the health benefits. Casanova claimed to have 50 oysters daily for breakfast! Also be mindful of the source, you know with pollution and stuff.

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    3. Kelly: oooh, gosh, i don't think i've ever eaten more than 30 oysters in one sitting (and even that seemed like a major accomplishment, heheh). oh yeah, i guess you're right, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration :D

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  3. I've been stalking their fb and twitter page and they've been teasing ppl with pictures :P so excited!!!! hehe I loveeee seafood! One of the best breakfast that I've had from a cafe (this year, in Melb) is a poppy seed bagel with loads of smoked salmon, dill cream cheese and capers. Reaaaal simple but so perfect when done well!!! :D

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    1. Vien: yay, we should join a seafood fan club! i love seafood too, though the prices are a pain for the wallet. oooh, a salmon-cream cheese classic bagel! it's lunchtime now and i'm starving in my office cubicle, so you've got me hankering for some bagels! :D

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  4. Not into raw oysters - me Cina Ah Beng, or chian...anytime - with big fat juicy oysters! Slurps!!!

    Met any bloggers there? Seems that a lot of people are making a beeline to this place. Saw a lot on Facebook....

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    1. Suituapui: i love oh chien too! though heh, i'm thinking raw oysters are probably healthier than those fried with eggs :D oooh, i think we were the only camera-wielding customers here on that particular evening =)

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  5. I remember we visited an oyster farm at Tasmanian. Nobody was there, we just opened the fridge and ate the oyster ourselve, then left some money in the box. :P

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    1. CK: waaaahhhh ... i've never visited an oyster farm before, but now i want to! :D

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  6. LOads of oysters you got there... ;P what a luscious seafood feast .. I don't mind paying a visit next time~

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    1. Eunice: oh yeah, oyster lovers can rejoice here! and also lovers of smoked fish! :D

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  7. that is nice...
    I shall make my way to Shucked
    Don't they have live oyster?
    I always get some live oyster from JJ..
    nice and cheap..

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    1. Simple Person: oooh, i haven't tried JJ's oysters before. will go check out sometime, thanks! :D

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  8. So many choice of fresh seafood! Slurpp*

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    1. Melissa: yeah, both cooked ones and raw! :D

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  9. Oh wow, this is totally my kind of thing. was grocery shopping there few days ago and saw some people enjoying such feast. slurps!

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    1. Augustdiners: a seafood bar in a supermarket is such a brilliant idea, rite! it's a real pleasure to just sit here, watch the seafood being plated and then gobbling everything up! :D

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  10. Suddenly I miss being able to buy fresh and big oysters for $10 a dozen in Australia. Dramatic increase in price! I'll keep this place in mind when I'm in need of fresh salmon though.

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    1. Kelly: oh yeah, it's a pity that we have to foot the bill for the freight charges to purchase our oysters here. though i'm still willing to fork out RM10 per oyster if it's really really creamy and delicious, heh. oh yeah, the fish here seems pretty worthwhile too! :D

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    2. Hehehehe once in a while when the oyster craving struck, I know where to go la!

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    3. Kelly: i hope they expand their oyster selection eventually though. there are currently four varieties offered for shucking at the bar, but it'd be nice to have even more :D

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  11. omg, seafood... I just love it. Look good, especially the fresh oysters. Will definitely bring my friends there to try it out.

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    1. Michael: oh yeah, a real smorgasbord of seafood. hope you enjoy your meal here, yeah =)

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  12. Just came from there! Didn't stop for the oysters though it looked tempting!

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    1. The Yum List: i have a soft spot for oysters! can't resist them! :D

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  13. These sound delicious! Such a special treat!

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    1. Cquek: Yep, always glad to indulge in seafood! :D

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  14. White wine with seafood! Yummm...

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    1. Smitten by food: A match made in heaven! :D

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  15. yap, went there yesterday,thou not live oysters but we really had a great time while its really hard to find oysters bar here in M'sia. Best part is u can purchase a bottle of chilled wine ur choice (they provide champagne glass too)in BIG to go with your seafood selections. Had Coramandel(best among the rest while fines de claires was sold out), Tasmanian Prime & Creuses, smoked ocean trout & cooked prawns(good ones).

    Good recommendation.

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    1. Victoria: am glad to hear you enjoyed the food. i haven't managed to try the creuses yet, but will try to do so next ime :D

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  16. I had food poisoning after eating at shucked!! Vomited twice!

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    1. Priscilla: yikes, i hope you'll bring this to the attention of shucked's management, so they can investigate whether their food might have been mishandled. sorry to hear about your experience.

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  17. I have to becareful not to indulge in these!

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    1. Wong: maybe once in awhile, and maybe just a few pieces, yeah =)

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  18. loved the tasmanians. they had irish oysters over the weekend. the shrimp shooters are RM9, not 10. The beauty is they will bring in some obscure fish or oysters so that's good.

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    1. Ivan: glad to hear positive feedback from you. am looking forward to enjoying more meals here too =)

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  19. They just opened another outlet at Gardens (the upper floors near Ippudo, Moo Cow, Pasta Zanmai). Last saturday, according to one of the staff

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