On our last evening in Seattle, we decided to indulge in a seafood dinner before we leave town. We decide to pay a visit to Taylor Shellfish Farms, a little space across the street from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery where tanks of oysters reside prior to becoming tasty treats on your plates.
Since I’m allergic to oysters, I can only watch my friends indulge in them. Kumamotos ($3 each) were my favorites before I developed this allergy, and seeing their faces as they slurped, then sighed, made me a tad jealous.
Then, they decide to try some others: Shigoku and Olympia ($3 each) and while each possessed differing flavors and textures, they both agreed, their favorites were the Kumamotos.
After our geoduck experience at The Walrus and the Carpenter, I find myself wanting geoduck everywhere I see it. Harissa Geoduck ($18) is prepared sashimi style with a spicy harissa condiment on the side. While the harissa is extremely flavorful, it masked the natural flavors of the geoduck with its intensity. The geoduck here was sliced very thin, which created a different texture than the thicker, crunchier version at Walrus.
Seaweed Salad ($7) is a lovely respite to refresh your palate with.
For those of you who are wondering why we ordered the Half Baguette ($4), I can’t resist the delicious artisanal breads and luscious butters in Seattle, and the one here is no different (sorry, I forgot to take a photo).
We all wanted crab and Dungeness Crab (MP/$66 each) was a must. The crab legs are cracked to perfection, making it so easy to pick. My only complaint is the sauce served in the crab shell. I wanted all the goodness of the crab butter — the unadulterated crab butter — to line my mouth with, but only managed to pick what’s left of it without the sauce, which reminded me of 1000 Island dressing. It was so good we ordered a second crab!
The service here is super friendly. Our server was a delightful young man who was very helpful, especially when we were deciding on which wines we’d like with our meal. I would definitely return here again the next time I visit Seattle!
Taylor Shellfish Farms
1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122