On an island surrounded by some of the best seafood in the world, it is impossible to find a raw oyster bar — until now.
About a month ago, Trees Lounge opened Kauai’s one and only Raw Oyster Bar, serving the freshest oysters on the island every Tuesday night. For $9, customers get a portion of six oysters on the half shell.
“That’s a super good deal,” said Mark Myers, who owns Trees with his wife, Candice Myers.
The oysters are so fresh that they arrive alive at Trees, Mark said.
But where on Kauai do we find live oysters?
“We get them shipped through FedEx overnight from a company on the Mainland,” Mark said.
Once here, the shipment must receive a stamp of approval from the state Department of Agriculture. Next, the oysters reach Trees, where they become Oyster Rockefeller, Oyster Shooters or Oyster PoBoys.
The company that picks the oysters to be sent over to Kauai has many choices to choose from, ranging from the West to the East Coast, Mark Myers said.
If oysters are not your thing or you have never had them, get your feet wet by asking for an Oyster PoBoy Sandwich. It is bursting with flavor on every bite.
Mark said he decided to open an oyster bar because no one else on the island has one. But for years he and Candice couldn’t crack down the secret on how to get the oysters here at a cost that would still make them affordable for customers.
The only downside for the Raw Oyster Bar is that it only happens on Tuesdays. But it also creates an anticipation for the right night to go after oysters.
Trees is open Monday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to closing. They have live music from 6 to 8 p.m., and then a different band or artist takes the stage for a second set, starting between 8:30 and 10 p.m., depending on the day of the week.
Besides the oyster bar, Trees Lounge serves a full menu of pupus, entrees, salads and desserts.
The Louisiana Sliders, Cajun Fries, Kauai Grilled Steak served pupu style or the nachos are some of the highlights in the menu.
Trees Lounge is at 440 Aleka Place, behind Coconut Marketplace in Waipouli.
Visit www.treesloungekauai.com for a complete list of live entertainment.