Since opening it’s doors last summer, I have been casually stalking the menu of this impeccably sourced, multi-coastal seafood restaurant of James Beard winner Jennifer Jasinski, located in revitalized Union Station. The menu is always changing and is creative, casual, elegant, and fresh all at the same time.
And in celebration of our seventh wedding anniversary, what better way than to travel the light rail downtown on a weeknight after working ten hours to indulge in probably the freshest seafood you can find in this landlocked city.
Being the food obsessed ninny moggin that I am, of course I have a restaurant and food to try bucket list which happens to include this place, along with oysters on the half shell, and uni. Way to kill three birds with one stone!!! After watching Anthony Bourdain indulge in fresh sea urchin on a rock off the Mediterranean and seeing uni porn and oyster porn on my instagram feed, how could I not?
We made apparent to the waiter that we were oyster virgins and he could see my facial expression that I was somewhat intimidated but yet curious at the thought of slurping down something with the texture of a big fat loogy (apologies, can’t help it, it’s the nurse in me) but having the taste of the ocean along with condiments to enhance it’s flavor. After trying just one, I could see myself getting into these guys, but not now, because there was still a lot to try….like this uni business I’ve been hearing so much about…
Accompanied with raspberries, fried rosemary leaves, walnut butter, and walnuts. I wanted to like it so bad. Briney, rich, and soft in texture. I didn’t gag so that’s a plus. I would try it again in another context before making a final judgment. Maybe it’s the texture that is something to get used to? Not sure, but perhaps David Chang will call me to discuss this.
And for dessert, the chocolate bread pudding. She had me at caramel.
This was an excellent dining experience and should be a must for seafood lovers! When you come here, take notice of the graphic octopus mural on the back wall by local artist, Lui Ferreyra, the ceiling lined with sand fencing, and of course the raw bar! And if you try the seafood tower before I do, please send me a pic because I am curious as hell.