Providence's Oyster Bar
I love seafood! Eating seafood reminds me of summer weekend days with my family walking around Newport all afternoon and then eating a delicious seafood dinner at one of the nice restaurants. It also reminds me of going to Flo’s Shack in Newport for seafood with all the beachgoers…. and my dad in his dress pants, shirt, and fancy shoes.
Oyster Bar is a restaurant on Federal Hill that I have recently been enjoying thoroughly. It seems as though every time I head up to Providence my dad wants to eat there, and I happily oblige. The seafood is fresh, the atmosphere warm and inviting, and the location perfect- It is right across the street from my dad’s gallery, Royal Gallery of RI.
On Saturday night my brother, sister in law, dad and I headed to Oyster Bar to feast. My dad always talks about how amazing Brian’s sushi is, so we all went in with the intention of ordering sushi or something from the raw bar. When we arrived our table wasn’t ready, but 4 seats right next to the sushi bar opened up, and we decided to sit there. It was absolutely perfect because not only did we get to watch Chef Brian in action, we got to chat with him about everything food.
The restaurant just started a new menu this weekend!
We were all super hungry and rushed to decide what to order. As we were waiting for our appetizers Brian sent over an amuse bouche. It was a beautiful small hand roll, seaweed salad, and squid. (Please keep in mind that I am still learning to use my new camera, and photos in dark places don’t come out quite right yet!)
This was such a wonderful way to start the meal.
Then, first course.
I ordered the shrimp cocktail. I am not exaggerating when I say it was the best shrimp I have ever tasted in my life. It is so easy to overcook or under cook shrimp. These were cooked and chilled perfectly.
My sister in law ordered a dozen and a half oysters and shared with the rest of us (but not me- I don’t do oysters yet). She was eating them so slowly to enjoy every one and claimed they were so fresh and tasty.
She also ordered the lump crab cocktail:
My dad had the seared tuna appetizer. It is his favorite!
Apparently we had not had enough seafood or raw fish.
I ordered a dish I had tried there once before. I don’t think it is on the menu, and if it isn’t, it should be. This dish was fresh tuna and avocado lightly dressed and laced with a few strands of seaweed. It is so fresh and simple, yet filling. I ate about 75% of this.
My brother had the seared tuna entree, and my sister in law had the seared tuna appetizer (the same one my dad had as his first course). My bro and SIL loved the lobster wontons that came with his entree!
My dad had the sushi roll that he talks about all the time: the Mexican roll! This is by far his favorite sushi roll.
Dinner, while unconventional, was so perfect. I love seafood so much and was missing delicious Rhode Island seafood! If you, however, don’t like fish, you can always head next door to Oyster Bar’s other restaurant, Prime!
I have been eating out so much while in Rhode Island this week that tonight I finally decided to cook dinner! It was a simple but nice meal to be shared soon!