Maybe it’s because it comes from the beaches or maybe it’s because you often eat it at beach-side restaurant, but whatever the association, seafood says summer. For all of us landlocked in Jackson Hole, the Rendezvous Bistro is bringing a bit of the beach our way.
With its new raw bar, featuring four varieties of oysters nightly alongside options including shrimp and octopus ceviche and tuna tartare, you can almost feel like you are at the beach. The raw bar is on display in the middle of the Bistro’s bar area so you can even watch your fresh oysters being shucked.
The night we where there the options included North Umberland, Blue Point, Hammersly and Kumamoto oysters, though the restaurant rotates through about 40 varieties. Executive Chef Joel Tate, who started as the Bistro’s raw bar chef 10 years ago, said though it was hard to decide, his favorite variety is the Malispina.
Flown in every day, the Bistro offers a selection of East and West coast oysters. The West Coast varieties, Tate said, tend to be a little less briny.
The idea of the expanded raw bar is to offer guests seated at the counter a show while they eat. The oysters range in price but average around $35 a dozen. Also prepared bar-side are the tuna tartare, which has always been a Bistro favorite, and the shrimp and octopus ceviche.
On Saturday nights the Bistro also offers steamed lobster on display, waiting to be ordered as the nightly special. The lobster is served with fresh corn, potatoes and drawn butter. The 1.25 pound lobster is market price but has been averaging around $39 for the meal.