Amazing! Extraordinary! Bravo! This would be the genuine response I'd give to any foodie curious about the Chicago Oyster House on Chicago's South Loop. Mark your calendars and get ready to chow down on a little taste of heaven.
When it comes to seafood and sushi, I consider myself to be an expert. I'm far from a "picky" eater but I love fresh, delicious seafood and you can count on it, if it isn't fresh I would say so. The restaurant credits themselves as being the "raw fish specialists" and they're seriously not calling a bluff here. They know what they're doing.
The food, we'll get to that in a moment. I have to mention the friendly service from the host to the waiting and the richness of a calming atmosphere. This is what always makes or breaks an establishment for me and they are winning in that department. It just made the experience even more pleasant and inviting.
Now the food. We started off with an appetizer which was the Fried Calamari. It was cooked to perfection. It was crispy, not overcooked or rubbery. We continued with a daring and adventurous tryout of the oysters. This was my very first time eating oysters and I must say, move over McDonald's because I'm loving it.
Their oysters come in a variety of flavors served with cocktail sauce. We had six and tried three of the flavors; my least favorite Blue Point which described as mildly briny and sweet; my second favorite was the Delaware Bay also described as briny and sweet; and my most favorite one the Naked Cowboys, the refreshing and savory flavor.
It was absolutely imperative for us to try the sushi and the California Maki was pretty good but the Volcano was phenomenal. It was like a party going on in my mouth with the bold flavors of the shrimp tempura and avocado mingled with the sweet and and spicy mayo drizzled on top. Yes, yes, yes it was amazing!
One of the people who accompanied me elected to try a sample of the King crab leg. The impressive presentation of serving the crab already split with warm butter wowed me, but apparently both heaven and earth collided when I asked for a review. Between the constant nodding of approval and the delightful facial expression of appeasement, I guarantee you it was delicious. On the other hand, I tried the soft shell crab (not pictured) which came lightly battered and with ponzu sauce. I gave it two thumbs up because it was good but it wasn't anything I expected. I guess I was expecting more crunch and I later found out that "deep fried" can be requested, which would have been closer to my liking.
Our evening came to an end with simple ice cream desert called "Mochi". If you're unfamiliar with Mochi, it's basically a Japanese rice cake with ice cream inserted into the center like shown in the picture to the left. They're small but sufficient.
I highly recommend the Chicago Oyster House located 1933 South Indiana Ave in the South Loop. Go check it out.
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