OysterMania – 21 incredible restaurants to try!
OysterMania – Jonathan Swift is reputed to have said: “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” Although these delicacies from the seas have been part of the human diet since prehistoric times and present in many cultures, there are some for whom the consistency of this mollusk flesh causes some trouble. This reaction happens mostly in people who have never eaten oysters, that’s why eating raw oysters was included in a textbook about prejudice: how some people make assumptions about food, animals, situations and even other people (i.e. members of other races or ethnic groups) without ever having had any experience with them.
Well, oyster lovers, which I think in Montreal –being this city a sophisticated place– should outnumber those who dislike the mollusk, have had all these days and until this coming Sunday, the occasion to partake in the celebration of oysters.
OysterMania is taking place in a total of 21 restaurants around the city. And for those who enjoy oysters, well-accompanied by a glass of white wine (if we agree that for seafood this is the right alcoholic partner) the participant restaurants will be offering a tasting of 12 oysters and a glass of wine or a beer for $10. Indeed a good bargain for this delicacy.
Besides the pleasure involved in the opportunity of eating oysters, it is important to point out too that this particular kind of seafood provides zinc, iron, calcium, and selenium, as well as vitamin A and vitamin B12. At the same time, those concerned about ingesting too many calories shouldn’t worry: one dozen raw oysters contains only 110 kilocalories, while at the same time they are rich in protein (approximately 9g in 100g of Pacific oysters).
Ah, by the way, regarding an old question: although the idea that oysters are an aphrodisiac has not been proven, some American and Italian researchers who have been doing some tests with these bivalves, have found that they are rich in amino acids that in turn may increase the levels of sex hormones. It is also believed that the oysters’ high zinc content contributes to the production of testosterone. So, the benefits may be multiple, although, for many including myself, just the delicate and soft texture of their flesh and that saline flavour that brings reminiscences of some forgotten seaside place is reason enough to make oysters one of my favourite foods. Oysters even take me in my memory to that song in Walt Disney’s 1951 version of “Alice in Wonderland” telling the story –albeit somehow cruel– of the Walrus and the Carpenter, in which the two characters persuade baby oysters out from the sea, and then they proceed to eat them. Well, cruelty apart, oysters are just delicious.
Here is a list of participating restaurants:
For detailed information and to make reservations
Feature Image: Oysters have long been believed to be an aphrodisiac: new research may add new elements to this belief