No one sits on the fence when it comes to oysters: either you can’t get enough of them or you wouldn’t eat them if you were stranded on a desert island with nothing else to eat.
Broadsheet is on team can’t-get-enough. If you are too, this is the right guide for you. Some of these restaurants have views of the ocean that you can enjoy as you slurp down oysters by the half-dozen or more (just don’t forget to chew – it’s a myth that you should swallow them whole). Other places serve them up with garnishes designed to be paired with wine. A lot of these restaurants are budget-friendly, serving great oysters for $1 or $2 a pop. That’s helping to dispel the idea that oysters are a special-occasion-only food that must be consumed with lots of champagne.
Victoria isn’t renowned for its oysters (our one native variety, the Angasi, was only reintroduced to Port Phillip in 2017). The best oysters in Australia grow in New South Wales (around Sydney Harbour), South Australia and Tasmania. But thanks to Melbourne’s proximity to those three states, these restaurants have no trouble sourcing fresh oysters every day.
Oysters: An Explainer