My first stop was the Imadake Izakaya booth. I have eaten at Imadake before and loved their food and energetic vibe, so naturally I couldn't wait to try what they were serving up. I ordered my plate of mackerel sashimi, octopus balls and crispy pork belly wrapped around an asparagus spear, and waited patiently for my grub. My sister and I each grabbed an octopus ball and dug right into the deliciously crisp exterior and tender and flavourful interior - really a perfect bite. The crispy tempura style fried pork belly wrapped around the tender asparagus spear was plain old delicious and the mackerel sashimi was fresh and lightly flavoured - best part of the plate. The sashimi was lightly torched before being served which added a very light smokey flavour - excellently executed.
After Imadake, we decided it was time to try some oysters. We headed over to Le Boite aux Huitres and ordered up a plate of oysters served simply with a wedge of lemon. This was my sister's first time trying oysters and she quickly helped me devour the plate. Meaty, briny and salty, these delicious plump critters tasted as fresh as the sea - so good! As soon as we had finished, I knew I had created a monster.
Before ordering the next plate of oysters, I decided it was the perfect time to head over to the Burgundy Lion booth and order up two cold beers - is there anything better on a hot day? We sipped our beers and had a few more oysters and found ourselves watching the Motts Bloody Caesar competition. We watched for a bit and then decided it was time to sample some more grub.
Kyo Bar was our next stop where we were served miso minced pork lettuce wraps. The idea was great, the execution was sloppy. The minced pork was properly cooked but lacked a lot of flavour, I hardly tasted any flavour besides the pork - the miso was barely present. The juices from the meat made this dish very messy to eat. We cleaned up and moved on to the next booth that caught my eye.
Bevo Bar and Pizzeria's booth offered us a porchetta sandwich piled high with all the necessary fixings. A delicious ciabatta roll topped with porchetta, marinated eggplants and grilled red peppers, this sandwich was really good. My only complaint was that the porchetta was a bit on the fatty side - but still really good.
After devouring the delicious smoked meat waffles from Back of House Catering's booth, we were so full but had two tickets left - more oysters please! We ordered up another plate of oysters and sat down to enjoy them. This last batch of oysters were bigger and meatier than the last three plates we had - delicious! Seriously could have kept going all day and night but my stomach was so full it wouldn't let me. We sat and digested for a bit before heading home satisfied and excited for next years event! Oysterfest 2014 here we come!