Originally posted on March 05, 2013.
HOW many ways can you prepare oysters?
Let’s see… Well, there’s fresh oysters on ice, which is common in hotel buffets; and there’s Oyster Rockefeller (oysters on half shell, topped with spinach and butter sauce, and baked or broiled), Oyster Kilpatrick (a classic Australian dish of oysters on half shell with tomato sauce and worcestershire sauce), Oyster Shooter (shucked raw oysters served with Tabasco sauce, vodka, tomato juice and worcestershire sauce in shot glasses), and Oyster Omelette (a Chinese dish of shucked small oysters in starch-and-egg batter and chopped greens, fried into an omelette). You can also have Baked Oysters by topping fresh oysters on half shells with chopped garlic, butter and cheese and baking them.
These are classic oyster dishes that the world enjoys.
But have you ever tried Oyster Pizza? Or Oyster Frittata? Maybe Oyster Tempura? Or Oyster Sushi? How about fresh oysters on half shell topped with Ratatouille or Mango Salad?
You can get to enjoy your oysters any way you like them at Makati Shangri-La Hotel’s Circles Events Café every Monday night. Circles just launched its featured dinner buffet theme every Monday evening called Oyster Nights. An fresh oyster bar is set up as part of the dinner buffet on Monday nights, and you can just pick up as many fresh oysters on half shells that you want, drizzle on any of the many dips and sauces available at the oyster bar, and enjoy them fresh.
If you prefer your oysters cooked, you can ask any of the chefs at Circles to prepare them the way you want them. That is if you cannot find what you want from the buffet, because the different stations of the dinner buffet also carry a number of interesting oyster dishes. There’s Oyster Pizza, for example, sitting under a hot carvery light for the taking. There’s Oyster Sushi over at the Japanese sushi bar. You can have Oyster Tempura ‘custom-made’ for you in an instant at the tempura station. Explore the hot dishes, too, and you’ll find interesting oyster items such as Oyster Frittata. The classics, Oyster Rockefeller and Oyster Kilpatrick, join Oysters with Garlic and Cheese on beds of salt on the buffet spread.
Chef Paul Lenz, area executive chef of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, and his kitchen team at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel make a real effort to satisfy the gastronomic cravings and whims, even fantasies, of oyster lovers during Oyster Nights at Circles. Crates upon crates of fresh oysters are flown in from Europe every week. There are at least 10 different kinds of imported oysters on the buffet spread every Monday night and about 10 to 12 different oyster preparations available for diners’ enjoyment. So it’s real oyster heaven for oyster lovers on Monday nights. Trust me. I got to try Oyster Nights at Circles last night with Makati Shangri-La’s director of communications Lesley Tan, assistant communications manager Mica Siquijor-Cordero and communications coordinator Margaux Hontiveros, and a few colleagues in media in an intimate dinner. I had planned on just taking a piece or two of oysters before going, but I ended up trying at least six different oyster preparations – and the freshness is unquestionable.
Catch it every Monday night at Circles.