If you’re in the mood for love this Valentine’s Day, you can’t go far wrong with serving up oysters to your partner – but do you know where to find the best tasting oysters, how to open the pesky little molluscs, and how to serve them to impress the object of your affection?
Few people do, so stv.tv paid a visit to the famous Rogano restaurant and oyster bar, which is often frequented by celebrity clients, to find out how to get the best out of oysters.
Andy Cumming, head chef at the restaurant, explained everything you could possibly want to know about oysters, from the best place to source them, to how to open oysters, and serve them in an attractive, appetising way.
Explaining what to look for in a good oyster, Andy said: “It has to be fresh, you want to make sure it’s fully closed, not gaping, has been stores properly in good, chilled temperatures. All oysters will be a wee bit sandy just give them a bit of a rinse and make sure they’re not too dirty and don’t have too much seaweed on them.”
Andy also cleared up the old wives tale that you should never eat oysters outwith months that have an ‘r’ in them, and explained how to source the crème de la crème.
This Valentine’s weekend, Rogano is serving up a treat including oyster sharing platters featuring the famous Loch Fyne oysters – not normally used in the restaurant, drafted in especially for the special day. Seafood lovers will no doubt also want to indulge in a mixed platter which features a delicious combination of oysters, mussels, smoked salmon and other fish – perfect for feeding to the special someone in your life.
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