Oysters on Floripa
Ilha de Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Do you remember that list I made back in January about my top ten dream trips of 2011? Well I finally made it to number one, the incredible island of Santa Catarina, known affectionately as Floripa for its main city Florianopolis. I had intended to arrive in time for the great oyster festival, but I screwed up the dates somehow.
Oyster festival or not, the region of Santa Catarina is still the oyster capital of Brazil, and I wasn’t going to leave without slurping down some juicy bivalves. So when we passed the famous Ostradamus oyster restaurant on our way to the isolated Naufragados beach (more to come about that) we made a b-line for the front door. We were told by one of the captains/waitstaff (all the “crew” were kitted up in white sailor suits) that the wait would be about 25 minutes but to please stick around and enjoy some complimentary oysters and shrimp while we waited. Obviously we weren’t going to turn down an offer like that!
When our table was ready, one of the sailors seated us by a window that looked out over the water and the many rugged oyster beds. We started with a dozen fat oysters and a plate full of spicy steamed shrimp, followed by a heaping bowl of rice, mussels, more oysters, and octopus. We clinked our glasses of brut rosé together in celebration of our own little oyster festival.
Practical Info: Ostradamus Ribeirao. The specialty is oysters served in every way imaginable, raw on a bed of ice, smothered in cheese, doused in garlic, whatever way you could possibly imagine. Lunch for two with champagne around 150 reals (85 USD). Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 11pm, Sunday from noon till 6pm, and closed Saturday. Address: Rua Baldicero Filomeno 7640. Reiberao da Ilha Florianopolis. Telephone: +55 48 3337 5711.