Yum or Yuck
Certain foods get a strong reaction of either love or hatred from most people. Among those are things like raw oysters, tuna tartare, and anchovies. I react with extreme LOVE to all of these foods and was privileged to enjoy two of them for lunch today.
My friend Betty, who shares my love of raw oysters, periodically suggests we meet at Black Salt for lunch. You wouldn’t eat raw oysters at just any seafood restaurant because you can get very sick if they are not handled correctly. But Black Salt is one of the premier seafood restaurants in the DC area and I never worry when I eat there.
We always sample all the oyster options -- charming names like Blue Point, James River, New Point (Virginia), and Little Ring (British Columbia). Some might say they all look and taste equally slimy, but there is a definite difference. The oysters come on a bed of crushed ice with lemon wedges, red horseradish sauce, and mignonette, a sauce made with red wine vinegar, shallots, sugar, and sea salt. Today we had 9 oysters each and savored each one.
Our next course was tuna tartare (raw, finely chopped tuna) on a hot rice cake with lots of black sesame seeds and fresh herbs. It was a wonderful dish to follow the oysters.
We enjoyed a glass of chilled white wine with our meal. We opted to skip dessert and instead have a cup of frothy cappucino with a hint of raw sugar.
Knowing Betty she would be equally game to split an anchovy pizza with me. We seem to have similar tastes in food.
We are already talking about our next lunch outing -- maybe Sushi-Ko in Chevy Chase or something in the U Street corridor (note to self: ask Richard for his latest recommendation.) Lunch out is always fun, but even more so with an adventurous eater like Betty.
How do you feel about raw oysters? Tuna tartare? Anchovies?