ShuckShuck is set to open its doors in Vancouver’s Chinatown at the end of this week, and it’s got some seriously innovative delights in store for patrons once it does.
The new 227 E Pender Street spot is certainly not your average oyster bar, offering more than just a weekly buck-a-shuck deal and trays of basic oysters with sliced lemons and heaps of horseradish on the side.
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ShuckShuck’s specialty is sky-high, souped-up oysters, ones we bet you’ve never seen before. You know we had to go in to try these creations for ourselves before it opened to the public.
This stand-up only, counter-service concept has a clean and modern design.
A meandering 64-foot bar is the centrepiece in the space (complete with moveable glass partitions for physical distancing), and it offers patrons a comfy and Insta-worthy backdrop surface to lean on and photograph.
So let’s just say it’s a good thing the space is simple because the menu has a lot to look at. The eats up for order here offer everything from ceviche to duck-topped oysters.
With an emphasis on sustainability and supporting local, all of ShuckShuck’s oysters come from Vancouver Island.
Despite having around 60 different oyster topping combinations in their back pockets, ShuckShuck’s owners have developed a static menu of eight to pick from for the opening day.
Additional flavours will be rotated in depending on the season.
On the starting lineup, we’ve got some intriguing creations like the “Canadiana,” topped with Maple Syrup, Extreme Beans, Ketchup Chips, and Bacon Dust.
The “Big Mac-Kenzie” is ShuckShuck’s take on a Big Mac-inspired oyster. It’s topped with Thousand Island Dressing, White Onion, Dill Pickle, and Sesame Seed.
There’s also the “PB&J,” topped with Spicy Peanut Butter Satay Sauce, Raspberry Jam, Red Chili, and Peanut Dust, and the “Lemon Meringue,” made with Lemon Curd, Meringue, and Lemon Zest, for those looking to venture into some uncharted eating territory.
And that’s just half of them.
Now, if you’re an oyster purist, you can still get the “Birthday Suit” and have your bite the classic way.
For those looking to try several kinds of ShuckShuck’s creations at once, there’s the Short Ride (four oysters). Folks who are hungry to try it all can opt for the Long Cruise, complete with two custom stackable trays carrying eight oysters.
ShuckShuck’s small-but-mighty drink program also features canned beer, wine, kombucha, and cold brew from BC makers, making stopping in for a few oysters and a drink a no-brainer if you’re in the neighbourhood.
ShuckShuck’s aim is to integrate into the dining scene here and become a staple pitstop no matter where you’re headed.
This concept is celebrating its grand opening on October 16. Operating hours will be Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 3 to 10 pm, and Sunday from 3 to 9 pm.
Address: 227 E Pender Street, Vancouver