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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Oyster Saturday at Mooney Mooney

Freshly shucked oysters

The G-man likes oysters. A year after our first trip to Mooney Mooney, the G-man was clamouring for a return visit.

We could think of no reason to refuse.

Les Wadham Oysters

Our bivalve-loving motorcade made its way towards the Hawkesbury, shack number ten, by Les Wadham, firmly in our sights. Imagine our horror when we discovered the shack was closed!
Disaster was averted when Les arrived at that very minute in his truck. Saturday is a busy day for restaurant deliveries we were told. We managed to order six dozen freshly shucked oysters but that's all he would give us. We still had three more car loads of people to come!

It takes some time to shuck oysters and Les was a busy man today. Lesson of the day: pre-order your oysters the day before so he can have them ready for you to pick up.

Fresh Broken Bay Pacific oysters

Rustic hammer on the table out the back

Les Wadham oysters $13/dozen

And my, what beauties! Our precious cargo were loaded into the boot, as we made our way to our lunchtime destination: McKell park in Brooklyn, back over the bridge and five minutes away.

JJ's Oyster Barn at Brooklyn

We supplemented our oyster shortage with another five dozen from JJ's Oyster Barn at Brooklyn. We had fourteen eager mouths to feed!

Oyster menu

JJ's oysters $14/dozen

The taste between the two was no comparison. Whilst JJ's assured us their oysters had been opened that morning, we all found them tired and bland. The plump shiny oysters from Les Wadham were nothing but joy - sweet, salty, creamy and briney bliss.

Spinach quiche (from the Kings Cross Organic Market)

There was more food of course. We had a veritable feast laden on our picnic table. I'd walked up 92 steps to the top part of the park carrying picnic blankets, bags and cupcakes. I was sure I deserved to have about 92 mouthfuls in return.

Sushi platter from Makoto Chatswood

Krispy Kreme donuts

My banana cupcakes (recipe here)

And on our way home, the best sighting of all...

A Batmobile!

Too cool!

Broken Bay Oysters from Les Wadham
10 Kowan Road, Mooney Mooney
Tel: +61 (02) 9985 9704
Mobile: 0410 410 551

Sydney rock oysters and Pacific oysters
Call in advance to place orders for opened oysters

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Oysters at Mooney Mooney 2007
Banana cupcakes
12 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/25/2008 10:09:00 pm


  • At 10/25/2008 10:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi, i stumble upon your blog while resting from work..

    you have nice pics there~
    interesting and do have a nice day!

  • At 10/25/2008 10:55 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    I LOVE OYSTERS and will definitely have to check out this place when I get a chance. My favourites are Coffin Bay and St Helens. There's no better way than a freshly shucked oyster with it's juices.

    S :-)

  • At 10/26/2008 8:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oysters, mmm :) Had some delicious ones recently on a trip to the Central Coast - apparently they were Patonga Creek oysters available from the Woy Woy Fish Co-op? The supplier suggested we try Harveys Oyster Shed too. Have you tried either of those?
    Looks like there's a return trip on the cards for us to try Broken Bay oysters :)

  • At 10/26/2008 8:32 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    Great looking oysters. You can also get great ones (my lifetime favourites) at Moffat's Oyster Barn, Swan Bay on the northern side of Port Stephens. Great local produce restaurant and eco-cabins for accommondation.

  • At 10/26/2008 9:19 pm, Blogger mimbles said…

    Damn. I now have a serious oyster craving and no chance of satisfying it for at least a week. Could be longer :(

    The banana cupcakes are very cute.

  • At 10/26/2008 10:14 pm, Blogger D said…

    nananananananana batman! i love it haha

  • At 10/27/2008 1:56 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi lild - Glad you're enjoying the blog :) Hope you had a tasty rest from work!

    Hi Simon - I agree - oysters are nature's perfect food!

    Hi hunnyb - I haven't tried either of those oysters but hmm... I may have to soon. I'm sure I will be able to find plenty of willing volunteers!

    Hi trevfelic - Ooh I love all these new oysters recommendations. Thanks for the tip!

    Hi Mim - Happy oyster hunting. And yes, cupcakes are usually an easy crowd-pleaser!

    Hi d - I know! I shrieked with excitement when I saw it. I had to stop the car and get out for a photo. Such a cool idea.

  • At 10/27/2008 4:35 pm, Blogger Karen | Citrus and Candy said…

    Yum....oysters....cupcakes and sushi from Makotos!

    Been awhile since I've ploughed through the oyster supplies at Broken Bay. A revisit is in order!

    With all this beautiful weekend weather, I think you just inspired me to go for a picnic of my own :)

  • At 10/27/2008 6:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    sounds like the perfect day.

  • At 10/28/2008 7:20 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Karen - It was truly a magnificent feast. If only I'd had a bigger stomach :) Enjoy your picnic. It's always a good excuse for delicious food!

    Hi divemumm - It was a great day with friends, especially as it continued on to an even better evening!

  • At 10/28/2008 8:59 pm, Blogger Y said…

    Love that batmobile! Those oysters look great too.,

  • At 10/30/2008 12:40 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Y - I thought the batmobile was so much fun, and mmm... you can't beat freshly shucked oysters!


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