Sipping salty oysters is one of James’ favorite activities, so when we heard about the new “raw bar” at Duo at the Four Seasons, we called our foodie friend Adiel and set a date.
(It’s not technically a raw bar, because a few items are cooked – but I guess it’s sexier to say “raw bar” rather than “seafood bar.”)
You can visit the bar once for an appetizer course, or do what Adiel and James did and get the “Endless Catch” entree … an all-you-can-eat option that, once ordered, signals to tablemates (me, in this instance) that much of their time will be spent alone as the seafoodies visit the bar once, twice, and, yes, possibly, oh-okay-what-the-heck a third time.
(I met a very nice family at the next table, similarly abandoned by half of their members who couldn’t help but go back for “maybe one more oyster.” We agreed that gorgeous filet mignon does not quite make up for the absence of our loved ones. Some dealt with the loneliness and extended mealtime by posting on Facebook; others by ordering a second dessert. It didn’t really matter what we did – no one eating oysters noticed that there was anything amiss. I’d bet breakfast that James, after reading this, will express surprise that I felt such a loner at this meal, which he remembers as a beautiful, sharing experience. With Adiel.)
The Endless Catch is $60, and overall we felt it was a fair deal. The offerings change depending upon what is seasonal and available, of course, but when we visited there were five types of oysters, steamed crab legs, gigantic prawns, two beautiful ceviches, and tako (octopus). (In case you’re wondering, yes, the cold-water creatures (crabs, oysters, etc.) are all flown in, as they ALWAYS are in Hawaii.)
I believe this raw bar, which sits to your left as you enter the restaurant (and on the night we visited was manned by Mike Termini, who we recognized from his stint on Hell’s Kitchen), is available only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, so if you’re interested, make sure you mention it when you make reservations. (808) 874-8000