Plates are passé, bowls are boring, and glassware is so garden-variety. Maritime-minded chefs and bartenders are now using seashells to serve their creations. These 10 restaurants for dishes and drinks in seashells are guaranteed to be a shell of a good time. Not near any of these spots? We can help you find the right restaurant for a perfect meal on OpenTable.com.
Amber, Hong Kong
This is the ultimate indulgence. Arriving in a ceramic sea urchin shell, tongues of uni sit on lobster gelatin and cauliflower. They’re topped with caviar, seaweed waffles, and gold leaf. Make a reservation at Amber.
Nobu, Washington, D.C.
Artful simplicity is the approach here. Case in point is this charming presentation featuring a Hokkaido scallop, uni, and Ossetra caviar. It’s a reminder that sometimes the biggest flavors come in the smallest packages. Make a reservation at Nobu.
Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago, Illinois
Get ready to Rock Out With Your Conch Out. The large-format cocktail for half a dozen partygoers powered by rum and Aperol gets a tropical twist thanks to the inclusion of tangerine and pineapple juices and fassionola syrup. As you probably guessed, it’s served in a giant conch glass. Make a reservation at Three Dots and a Dash.
Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Take a picture before you take a bite. Hokkaido scallop sashimi is presented on its shell. Yuzu gel and young ginger add tang and a touch of spiciness to the preparation. Make a reservation at Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Boleo, Chicago, Illinois
These conchitas are heroes in a half shell. Baked scallops and potatoes are spritzed with lime juice and blanketed with potato aioli. They arrive on a bed of seaweed, like they were just tossed up from the ocean’s depths. Make a reservation at Boleo.
Ancora, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
An elegant shell cradles a seaworthy extravagance. Topped with herring caviar, a pan-seared scallop rests in a frothy tide pool of potato foam. Don’t you dare think of slurping it down. Make a reservation at Ancora.