100 Favorite Dishes: Hama Hama oyster from Jax Fish House-Denver
No. 57: Hama Hama herbed oyster from Jax Fish House-Denver
Purists will insist that fresh oysters need no adulteration. Dispense with the cocktail sauce and the Mignonette, they'll demand. And for chrissakes, never, ever cook them, they'll tell you, shuddering at the mere thought of oysters Rockefeller; only the squeamish order them fried. And for the most part, I'm in agreement with these musings, and so is Jax Fish House, which hustles fresh, cleanly shucked, briny oysters by the boatload, their exposed flesh scented with nothing more than the purity of the exotic sea. But there are rules of exception -- even for purists.
To wit: The Denver fish house's Hama Hama oyster, the fat mollusk floating in a tidepool of classic buerre blanc, its body festooned with translucent orbs of salmon roe, verdant microgreens and judiciously scant shavings of black Périgord truffles. It's the definition of ambrosia, and proof that life is better on the half shell.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:
No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro
No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One
No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale
No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
In late 2009, we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- one hundred, to be exact. Now we're back with round two, counting down (in no particular order) a hundred more of our favorite Denver dishes in a list that, by our imperfect calculations, should be wrapped up...sometime this year. If there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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