2 Lower Water St., Street, Charlottetown, PEI – Website
Date of Visit: July, 2016
Brakish is housed in a quaint little building on the waterfront beside the downtown Charlottetown Convention center. It has a good selection of craft beers (and describes itself as a ‘Drinkery’), as well as a decent pub style menu which includes lobster. What enticed me to the place, though, is that it hosts Gallant’s Oyster Bar on its pleasant back patio overlooking the marina. I had a hankering to try yet more of the local varieties of oyster and, accordingly, I made my way there late on a Sunday afternoon…
The interior of Brakish is fairly small and very plainly appointed but it has a large covered deck as well as an even larger uncovered one adjoining it on which sits the little hexagonal structure housing the oyster bar. The service during my visit was definitely enthusiastic and friendly, and the young man who was manning the shucking operation was very knowledgeable about his wares and more than happy to dispense his lore.
Raspberry Point – Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph these in my eagerness to taste them, but their appearance is not much different than the ones which follow. I have enjoyed Raspberry Point many times before but this is the first time here on PEI. This summer, they were every bit as sharply briny as I recall but just a bit flatter at the end. There weren’t really any sweet notes but, after the brine subsided, there was a pleasant umami taste, taher like salmon sashimi. I would say they have been better in past seasons, when I have had them, and I rated them at 3 out of 5.
Irish Point – These were described to me as being small cousins to the Raspberry Point and were a new variety to me. They are indeed quite small but they have a pretty deep cup and a powerful flavor. They are possibly even more briny than the Raspberries but they develop a nice sweetness at the finish with some cucumber notes. I gave these a 4 out of 5.
Green Gables – These are cultivated rather than wild oysters and come from the New London Bay area. Apparently the waters where they are grown are very algae and weed rich which tints the shell and adds to the flavor. They were not nearly as briny as the Irish Bay but they tasted quite a bit alike (both in sweetness and final cucumber notes), and they were every bit as good. Again, I gave these a 4 out of 5.
I couldn’t spend nearly as much time at this place as I would have liked and I left reluctantly in order to attend to other pressing concerns. The staff here are super friendly and very chatty, and the service was top-notch. I plan to return here at least once before my vacation ends and I happily rate the place at a well-deserved 5 out of 5.