This week has flown by as Carlos
and I are both putting in a lot of work hours. It was definitely tough to
keep up with our weekly dinner meal-plans, but we soldiered on and kept with the plan. As such, our weekly eating-out budget was intact.
We were excited to finally get the chance to try EMC Seafood & Raw Bar in K-town. Being pescetarian, I am obsessed with amazing seafood! Carlos and I have had our share of mouth-watering seafood - from freshly caught oysters in Vancouver Island to heavenly Lobster Rolls in New England. Good seafood is a little tough to get in LA so when we heard about EMC opening up so close to us, we had to give it a try!
Our server, Alba, was very prompt and attentive. We were starving and got our food and drink orders in quickly.
We started with our drinks: Moscow Mule for me and Sangria for Carlos.
It took an especially long time for our drinks to come, which was a tad annoying.
The drinks were OK - a little on the weaker side. And for $14 a drink, I expect them to pack a little bit of a punch. Note to self: if we do come back, stick to getting just water, please.
The first thing that came out were the Soft Shell Crab Sliders - yum!
These were very, very good! The soft shell crab were perfectly cooked and seasoned well. The aioli was creamy but not heavy. The pickled cucumbers paired well with the sliders and gave it some textured bite. We would definitely order these again!
Next up were the Zucchini fries. This is a little bit of a nostalgic order for us, since we used to get the Zucchini fries at Big Tomy's in Culver City all through college. EMC's version was fine. Nothing to write home about. This is a filler order for sure.
Our next plate were the Kusshi Oysters from Vancouver. This is what we came here to have! These did not disappoint - the oysters were sweet and briny and oh-so-good! It might not be quite as good as we've had before, but to be fair, how can you compare fresh caught oysters? The typical oysters accoutrements were fine, but the highlight was the lime jalapeno ponzu. Very nice!
After the yummy oysters, we had what was the highlight of our meal: the Uni Pasta.
Oh. my. gosh! It was to-die-for! The uni was so velvety creamy and the pasta was seasoned to perfection. It was heaven on a bowl. Next time, we will order two of these - it was tough to share!
We couldn't go to EMC without trying their version of the Lobster Roll. Since we were at the tail end of the meal, we had the mini-Lobster Roll instead. It was pretty good. The roll was buttery and nice. The lobster was sweet and yummy. Unfortunately for all lobster rolls, Carlos and I will always compare them to Legal Seafood in Boston. And in that regard, there just wasn't any competition.
Our final plate was the mini-Shrimp Roll. And it was also very dee-lish. The shrimps were juicy and plump - we can't really complain about this bite. I would definitely order this again next time.
EMC Seafood is definitely worth a visit. They have $1 oysters for happy hour every day from 4pm-7pm (which we just missed) - so we would probably try to make it back for that next time. It didn't necessarily wow us, but the Uni Pasta is worth the drive to K-town! Is it expensive? Relatively speaking, it's reasonable as far as fresh seafood is concerned. We would have easily spent double at the Water Grill or the Hungry Cat. That being said, we had high expectations for EMC Seafood and it didn't quite get there for us.
Have you been to EMC Seafood? What did you think?
EMC Seafood & Raw Bar