Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Union Market1309 5th St. N.E., Washington, DC (202)544-4702
Dined on January 12, 2014
My first time visiting Rappahannock Oyster, in Union Market, was deliciously enjoyable. I went around 3:30 pm. That is a good time to dine, at Union Market, because there are no crowds and noise volume is medium. The nice thing about this entire meal is that nothing was salty. Bravo! Most restaurants go overboard with salt (sodium) in their food.
We were seated at the tables and received prompt service. Our waitress was patient as I asked a lot of questions about the items on the menu, and she was knowledgeable.
1/2 lb spiced shrimp - Shrimp were very large with a lot of Old Bay type-seasoning on top, and the shrimp were fresh and cooked well. The problem is the shrimp had absolutely no shrimp flavor, no flavor at all. I wonder if it was Tiger Shrimp? Tiger shrimp is often flavorless but it looks good.
Oyster chowder with bacon - Great tasting, just the right amount of creamy consistency and not at all salty but it was bacon-y (not a bad thing).
Za'atar Seared Tuna Tataki with tabbouleh salad, and market greens - An excellent grade of tuna, beautifully prepared and OMG delicious. The little bit of relish/sauce served with the tuna took the dynamite dish and made it superb. I really enjoyed the tabbouleh salad, which was not your typical tabbouleh as this had the pleasing addition of quinoa.
Blueberry soda - I don't like soda but this was so good that I bought 2 bottles to go. Not overly carbonated, not sugary sweet but blueberry sweet--true blueberry flavor.
I highly recommend you try the Oyster Chowder, Tuna Tataki, and the blueberry soda. Pass on the shrimp though perhaps on another day it would be better.
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