Bohemia’s Head Chef, Steve Smith, shares his tips for serving the ultimate oyster dish
Love them or hate them, oysters are considered one of the world’s most luxury foods. Low in fat, high in protein and rich in iron, oysters make a seriously nutritious bite.
If you’re a fan, you’ll find a dreamy dish awaiting you at Michelin-starred Bohemia Restaurant in Jersey. Ranked 11th best restaurant in the UK in the Good Food Guie 2018, oysters are a regular feature on the restaurant’s tasting menu.
Here are Head Chef Steve Smith’s top tips on how to serve the perfect oysters…
1 Try Tequila
Liven up with your oysters with tequila! A tequila lime mignonette can be easily made by mixing together 2 tablespoons of tequila, 2 tablespoons of lime, zest of half a lime, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped shallot, 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander and a pinch of salt. Mix it all together then serve with freshly shucked oysters.
2 Deep Fried
If you’re squeamish, fear not. You don’t have to eat oysters raw – fried oysters make a great snack! Cover your oysters in plain flour, beaten egg and bread crumbs then deep fry for 1-2 minutes until they are crispy.
3 A Touch of Fizz
Oysters and Champagne are a classic pairing so why not add some fizz to your mignonette? To create the mignonette mix together Champagne vinegar, finely chopped shallots and cucumber, salt and pepper then allow to chill in the fridge. Add the Champagne to the mignonette just before serving.
4 Keep it Simple
If you want to keep the flavour minimal, instead lightly warm the oyster through and simply serve with lemon juice. If you prefer a saltier flavour rather than sour, place a teaspoon of seaweed butter on top of each oyster and warm for 3-4 minutes.
5 Opt for a Wild Card
For a truly indulgent oyster dish sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the oysters. Drizzle with melted butter and season with pepper then grilled the oysters for 1 minute.
Make it happen
Sample Bohemia’s three-course set lunch from £29.50 per person. The tasting menus are priced from £79 for seven courses. Visit bohemiajersey.com for more.