Bottoms up for a slippery slurp – oysters are a delicacy that seafood lovers with a refined palate can’t get enough of; and for good reason! Raw or cooked oysters are versatile, and their flavour profile can differ, depending on where they’re from. Although there are various cooking methods in different cuisines, it’s undeniable that oysters are best enjoyed raw with a glass of your favourite bubbly.
Too bad for those who are squeamish towards these shellfish – here are our top picks to satisfy your oyster cravings, sorted from steal to splurge:
Price Range: $
1. Restaurant Teow Chew Meng, Selangor
Oysters are best enjoyed raw, but this local restaurant does cooked oysters that will leave you wanting more. Located in bustling SS2 of Petaling Jaya, Restaurant Teo Chew Meng is a delight for those who long for traditional yet affordable Teo Chew comfort food. The family-run eatery whips up its oyster dishes in three different cooking styles — fried, braised, and stir-fried.
Recommended dishes: Braised Oyster Mee (RM13.80), Stir Fried Sweet Sour Spicy Oyster (RM25.50), Teow Chew Oyster Omelette (RM15.50)
Address: 33, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +603 7877 9298
Price Range: $$
2. Just Seafood, Selangor
At Just Seafood, it’s go big or go home! The seafood restaurant prides itself as the winner of the Best Seafood Spread in the ASEAN Food and Travel Awards 2022 for their Nelayan Platter, but they’re also well-known for their huge oysters that are shipped all the way from the USA. What’s more, if you order five pieces of oysters, you’ll get one for free!
Recommended dishes: Extra Large Imported Oysters (RM21 each), Nelayan Platter (from RM82)
Address: Sunway Giza Mall, C-8-G, 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +6012 229 0855
3. Shucked Oyster Bar, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
With nine outlets located within popular malls throughout the Klang Valley, Shucked Oyster Bar is one of the more accessible oyster spots for those who need an energy boost with a glass of their favourite tipple.
Serving up oysters from Sydney, the Netherlands, and mainly coastal Ireland, these fresh shellfish are served raw, cooked, or with a shot of Bloody Mary (our personal favourite!), if you like. There’s also a wide selection of fine wine and spirits to pair with your oyster medley available here.
Recommended dishes: Oyster Shooter (RM15 each, RM75 for 6), Fruits de Mer Seafood Platter (RM150)
4. Sakanaya Umihiko, Kuala Lumpur
Owned and operated by wholesale seafood suppliers to fine dining and omakase restaurants in Malaysia, Sakayana Umihiko is a reasonably new addition to J’s Gate Dining Loft at Lot 10. Offering only the freshest seafood at wallet-friendly prices, you can get wild-harvested oysters from various prefectures in Japan here. While you’re here – give their Volcano Don a try as well!
Recommended dishes: Hokkaido Akkeshi Maruemon Fresh Oyster (seasonal price), Grilled Oysters in Garlic Butter (RM25/ each), Oyster Curry Rice (RM40)
Address: Unit P1-16, Level 4, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6018 320 0318
Price Range: $$$
5. Oyshi Oyster, Selangor
Venturing from online deliveries only to a physical restaurant located at Setia Alam, Oyshi Oyster imports only the best Irish oysters for their dine-in and delivery menu. Offering up to six different types of sauces and toppings, their Thai sauce and uni (sea urchin) is a crowd favourite. For a more filling meal, try their Signature Capellini, a cold pasta dish served with uni, ikura (salmon roe), and caviar with a refreshing sauce.
Recommended dishes: Thai Style Oyster (RM158), Signature Capellini (RM198), Sligo Bay oysters (from RM148 onwards)
Address: Lot E-1-08, Sunsuria Forum @ 7th Avenue, 1, Jalan Setia Dagang AL U13/AL, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact: +6017 213 3048
6. Entier French Dining, Kuala Lumpur
This French fine-dining establishment needs no introduction. Oyster lovers will be head over heels with the simplicity of their Oyster & Caviar — an Iwagaki rock oyster topped with Tanjung Malim caviar, quail egg, and a squeeze of calamansi dashi. So refreshing!
Want something different? Try the Oyster, which is an oyster confit served in a custom-made container with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chilli, cherry tomato, and sourdough toast on the side. We really don’t have to twist your arm over this one!
Recommended dishes: Oyster & Caviar (RM42/ each), Oyster (RM68)
Address: Level 41, Alila Bangsar No 58, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2268 3819
7. Bref by Darren Chin, Kuala Lumpur
Ending on a high note, Bref by Darren Chin shucks premium Irish oysters served with aged ponzu dressing with ikura marinated in Japanese soy sauce. A silky mouthful with a citrusy tang and bursting bubbles of sweetness is what you’ll need as a starter before you try their signature Cold Cappellini!
Recommended dishes: Premium Irish Oysters (from RM65 onwards), Cold Cappellini (RM120)
Address: 26 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 7731 5032