At Oysterette, oysters ($3 to $5 each) are served with cucumber salsa, hot sauce and lime.
When you’re lucky enough to snag a chef as pedigreed as Charlie Parker to head your restaurant, it’s only a matter of time before the wheels start turning even more. Such was the case when Jesse Cool, owner of Menlo Park’s Flea St. Cafe, was bike riding and came up with the idea this summer to turn her venerable eatery’s remodeled front deck into a cheerful 18-seat outdoor raw bar called Oysterette.
Parker—who worked at Manresa in Los Gatos and Ubuntu in Napa before joining Flea St. last year—has created a breezy, concise menu that includes oysters on the half shell, avocado toast topped with smoked trout and giardiniera, Hawaiian blue prawns in spiced tomato sauce, serrano ham paired with creamy burrata and melon, and pistachio-brown butter cookies sandwiching strawberry ice cream. Blackberries & Bourbon mint shrub, and sun tea and lemonade spiked with vodka are served in charming glass jars.
Come fall, Oysterette will move indoors when it takes over a space next to Flea St. For now, it’s open Wednesday through Saturday, 4:30pm until closing.
3607 Alameda de las Pulgas
Originally published in the September/October issue of Silicon Valley