Richmond Oysters

437-443 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121
+61 3 9428 5121

It has been a very busy day: a long gym session, the Indonesian festival, library runs … ahh, the list goes on. I guess the only time when Adam and I really did get to relax was when we had lunch at Richmond Oysters. Some of you might know it as the place where local restaurateurs and seafood lovers have been getting fresh seafood for fifty years. It was only recently did they start offering cooked meals to hungry folk and have expanded their shop by adding a few tables and chairs as well as a few disco balls and plasma screens blaring out doof doof music (for reasons that I’m not sure of).

Yep, totally not your average modest corner fish and chip shop run by Con or Stoikos. Or these days, Han or Pham.

We started out with half a dozen oysters. The Oysters 3 Ways!!! (yes, the three unnecessary exclamation marks were actually printed on the menu ) enabled us to sample three different ways in which the oysters can be prepared (see photo above). There was also the option of having them fried tempura-style, crumbed or in red wine and shallots which we’ll definitely try next time. The oysters were quite awesome – it was Adam’s first time having them Kilpatrick-style (haha this is what happens when you’re so accustomed to having them cooked in soy and ginger, Asian-style) and he LOVED it (psst, I think he just liked the bacon bits). My only vice would be that they gave us the pre-opened oysters from the glass cabinets rather than shucking them to order and so sadly, they weren’t fresh fresh. But at $10.90 for half a dozen, they’re still cheap so I can’t complain.

A plate of wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli graced our table shortly after the oysters. At $7.50, we were expecting a small bowl but imagine our surprise when the waiter presented to us a HUGE ARSE plate that was almost as big as a large pizza! They were also decent too, seasoned with sea-salt, they were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

We shared a fish burger which was only available on the take away menu ($12.50) but the lady said that we could have it on a plate for an extra $3.50. A bit tight arsey, but yeah whatever, we said yes to it only because the mains were a little pricy for lunch ($27 for a freshly cooked fish fillet with mash). The other options were spaghetti maninara for $15 which I initially thought would be crap but later on, we went past a guy who was eating a HUGE plate of spag marinara which I had to admit looked really good. Grrrr. Anyway, the fish burger came with a serving of nicely-done chips. The burger was pleasant enough, but perhaps leaned towards the bland side. A generous slab of salmon rested on a bed of lettuce and raw onions, accompanied by a herb aioli and some ketchup. Like I said, nice, but perhaps not the best thing on the menu.

Total bill was $34.40 plus tap water. It was a pleasant lunch, although the service was a bit too “relaxed” for my liking. And I don’t think they were happy with us just having tap water because the waiter kept coming back several times to ask us, “Are you sure you don’t want to order any drinks?” And the last time he asked me, and I said no, he said something to the effect of “Fine, avoid drinking then!” It was like, what the?! What a weirdo. But apart from that weirdo, the other waiters were nice enough. I’d definitely come back here perhaps to try their spaghetti marinara and more of their oysters. And buy some fresh (Moreton bay) bug meat that they have on sale. I mean, who wants to buy live bugs and go through the motions of killing it and taking the meat out of the shells?! (I know Adam would take pleasure in killing the bug(s) but I really don’t want to see him do it).

I eat too much.

3 Comments

  1. aznality
    August 30, 2008

    RYC: I’m kinda half-way through the first book of Twilight so far, and thought I should let you know what I think of it. If you are looking for books on the same league (if not better) as Harry Potter, Twilight won’t do you justice. So far from what I’ve read, the author doesn’t use any cliffhangers; the book isn’t that hard to put down. The main characters of the story were thrown in there out of nowhere, when there should have been more build-up. I was quite disappointed with that. Despite those points, I’m still enjoying it a lot. I’ll still say it is pretty good, not excellent. Well I grew up with reading R.L Stine’s books – a lotta them are about vampires – and I gotta say he does a better job. I haven’t read Anne Rice though.

    Mmmm dumplings from the prev entry. You are making me wanting to go back.

    $7.50 for a large plate of wedges? That’s interesting, because they are usually more expensive than that.

    And the oysters are overwhelmingly enticing.

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  2. peach_water
    August 30, 2008

    OOO.. Richmond seems to have all these seafood food. My friend invited me to have crabs in Richmond, whether I travel all the way to Richmond for crabs is another thing haha.

    Where abouts in Richmond is this place?

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  3. SNSAZN
    August 30, 2008

    @aznality – Wow, I was a bit surprised when I read your review as I was expecting the book to be OMG-WOW-FANTASTIC but hmmm, let me know when you’ve finished it and I’ll give it a try. I’ll probably place a hold at city library as I’m too tight arsey to buy books these days, haha.

    R.L. Stine – ahhh gotta love those Goosebumps books. “Someone nudged me on the shoulder and I screamed in horror…. but it was only my little brother.” The Fear Street Saga ones weren’t that bad too, haha!

    @peach_water – Haha, I’d go to Richmond for crabs if they were awesome. Richmond Oysters is on church Street, not far from the intersection of Church and Swan. 🙂

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