The Berlin Slurp

Oysters – a parting of the ways. Some delicately caress the rough and bumpy shells in their hands, close their eyes and smell the sea. The salty taste brings back memories of gushing wind, rough seas and freedom – the world really is an oyster! Others simply recoil at the sight of this 250 million year old species. We most definitely belong to the freedom-yearning type and are therefore rejoicing on the prospect of feasting on these delicacies for four whole weeks. On February 11th, Jenna Biberstein is opening her pop-up oyster bar »Oy« in Mitte. About a year ago, the busy bee and concept developer discovered the delicious abundance of beautifully draped seafood at Les Halles in Lyon. The idea of bringing this concept to Berlin preyed upon her mind, and after the project was put on ice for a year, the delicate shellfish are now finally on ice at Torstraße. The modern interpretation of the exclusive gourmand classic is proof that once again less is often more: the usual prim and proper fuss made around the luxury-clams has simply been discarded here. Instead of subdued melodies played by a slightly starchy string quartet, there’s a deejay playing Hip Hop tunes to get you moving and grooving. And the baguette to mop up the oyster liquor is served in a pleasantly unpretentious paper bag. That’s how we do oysters in Berlin. A little less show, a little more yum. »Oy« is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays – an exception is this year’s Valentine’s Sunday. After all, oysters are known for their aphrodisiac qualities, aren’t they?
Oy | Torstraße 161, 10115 Berlin | 11.2.2016 – 10.3.2016, Tue to Sat from 7pm | Facebook