Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Oyster Tasting Plate - Shucked


Shucked @ Ben’s Independent Grocer, Publika

Words by Manveen Maan
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

Oysters aren’t a huge feature on any menu in KL so thankfully, The BIG Group’s introduced a handy little hideaway that holds a treasure chest of deep-sea goodness. Tucked away within the aisles of Ben’s Independent Grocer in Publika, is a gem of a spot serving up the freshest seafood I’ve had in a long while. Touted as the first oyster and seafood bar in KL, the casually chic vibe of Shucked adds to its appeal, alongside the mouth-watering display of fresh seafood. And because it’s part of the supermarket, the kind folk at the helm are able to keep the prices at retail range – always a reason to celebrate! 

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Shucked
Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Fresh Oysters
Starting off with some chilled, bubbly Prosecco is always the way to go. We sip on Shucked Prosecco and get the lowdown on the oysters available from Josh Green, Shucked’s in-house expert. Originally from the UK, Josh has worked in Australia and New Zealand and tells us that all of Shucked’s oysters are farmed, to ensure that the cleanest water is used in the farming process. 

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Prosecco
Bacteria fears aside, we settle down to sample some briny mouthfuls from Australia, Ireland, France and Holland, much to the delight of the die-hard oyster fan in our self-proclaimed taste test trio. First up is the Irish premium, a solid selection if there ever was one. After a quick squeeze of lime, the resulting flavour was a surprise as it was less salty than previously anticipated. Half expecting the taste of the ocean in my mouth, the Irish premium’s slightly creamy texture was very much welcomed.

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Irish Premium
The Dutch Native 2 is quite a strong choice, with an almost mineral-like texture. The sheer size of the plump oyster however, is a marvel on its own. Similarly, the Dutch native 1 has a similar flavour, albeit leaning away from the more grainy flavours of its counterpart. 

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Dutch Native I
Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Dutch Native II
Besides being abit of a tongue-twister, the Creuses No. 2, as we later find out is the most popular item on the menu, mainly because it goes down so easily. Creamy, with a slightly salty tendency, it is quite obvious as to why it tops the faves list. 

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Creuse No. 2
As the smallest of the lot, the Fine de Claire doesn’t get quite as much attention as its larger buddies, but once you pop it in your mouth you know it has won its place in the big leagues. Brimming with creamy goodness, this little firecracker holds its own for sure. 

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Fine de Claire
Finishing up is Ireland’s pride and joy – the Gallagher. Hands down my favourite, the smooth texture, subtle flavours and fleshy meat makes it a winner in my books. Add some Prosecco bubbles into the mix and you’ve got a heady burst of flavours that lingers on the palate long after that oyster’s been gobbled up. 

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Gallagher Special
Besides their fine oyster collection, Shucked also offers raw and smoked fish, hot seafood and a range of nibblies including perennial favourite fish and chips, calamari and fish cakes. My personal favourite is the ocean trout sashimi, served with horseradish flakes – fresh, beautifully textured and a perfect blend with the sharper horseradish flavours.  

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Dover Fish
Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Fish and Chips


Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Sea Bass
Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Trout Sashimi
Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Smoked Trout
We then sample two lots of mussels - the first being the creamier Shucked mussels with smoked garlic and fresh herbs, that gained fans all around. The second batch of Thai style mussels is a winner in my books. Cooked in coconut milk, lemongrass and coriander, we found ourselves asking for some bread to scoop up the delicious sauce afterwards! 

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Mussels
With another outlet popping up in Mid Valley Megamall, and talks of a third in Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, rest assured cravings for quality seafood (and bubbly Prosecco) will be easily satisfied.

Shucked, B.I.G, Ben's Independent Grocer, Oyster Bar
Fuel for Love
Reason to visit: nett prices; reasonably priced booze; deliciously fresh seafood; oyster tasting plates.

Shucked Oyster and Seafood Bar
B.I.G. Supermarket,
Lower Ground Floor, Publika,
1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas,
Kuala Lumpur 50480
Malaysia
+6 03 6209 1739
www.shuckedoysterbars.com



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5 comments:

  1. Oysters and champaign, gorgeous pairing!
    The pace looks very cool and the seafood delicious.

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  2. At one time, everyone was talking about this Ben's place, saw in so many blogs. Haven't heard of it for a while now. Does one get to choose the kind of fish for the fish and chips...or they will use whatever fish they like?

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  3. I love fresh oysters :)
    So good I can have them without any lemon juice.

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  4. Looks like fishy heaven! Especially with a glass of something bubbly. Wish they had this in supermarkets here, the shopping would be much more fun...and expensive

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