Spotlight on The Oyster Bar: Sustainable Seafood
By: Talk Bangkok
As more and more evidence mounts that human activity negatively impacts our environment, people the world over are trying to minimize their environmental footprint. One restaurant, located in Yannawa on Narathiwat's Soi 24 is committed to offering diners top quality food with organic and sustainable ingredients.

On the surface, The Oyster Bar may seem like just a small, upscale restaurant selling exotic fish and oysters from around the globe, but on closer inspection, this restaurant is setting trends. When it opened five years ago, it was the first restaurant in Bangkok offering up international oysters. Now, almost every hotel restaurant offers the briny bivalves on their menu. The next trend that The Oyster Bar owner, Bill Marinelli, hopes to spread is the use of sustainable ingredients.

A marine biologist by trade, Bill's passion for top quality seafood is matched only by his insistence on the necessity of sustainable food practices. A vast majority of restaurants in Bangkok serve fish that have been raised in fish farms. Fish farms are harmful to the environment because they raise large amounts of predatory fish. This results in imbalances in the food chain because these predators require vast amounts of protein leading to the over fishing of small prey such as sardines and mackerel. Contamination of gene pools and the typical hygienic problems associated with large quantities of animals being raised in relatively small, enclosed areas are also a danger.

Bill owns fisheries in Indonesia and Washington where local fisherman deliver their catches everyday. The Oyster Bar gets shipments of these catches twice a week. In fact, since the fish are caught in the wild and shipped fresh, The Oyster Bar staff often have no idea what kind of fish they will be getting until it arrives in the restaurant. Luckily, the chefs can whip up superb, creative seafood dishes on the fly.

However, it doesn't stop there. Any healthy meal is not complete without vegetables and grains. Bill is also committed to providing sustainable and healthy food from the land as well. That is why his ingredients are organic and come from local farms. This ensures that everything on a diner's plate, from the opakapaka caught off the coast of Lombak, to the gaba rice and bok choy organically farmed in Thailand, are fresh, sustainable and healthy.

Trends catch on quickly in Bangkok and spread like wildfire. From wine bars to lifestyle villages, they have all left their mark on the Big Mango. Hopefully, sustainable and organic ingredients will be the next trend to flood the capital.
 


Related Articles
World’s Most Infamous Monk Will Return to Thailand
Jul 23, 2013
Wirapol Sukphol, the now infamous, jet-setting monk who has been defrocked will return to Thailand on July 31st, reports the Bangkok Post. The monk is currently...
Education Ministry Cracking Down on Bogus Schools
Jul 22, 2013
The Education Ministry has stepped up its campaign to battle bogus universities which are becoming a problem in the Kingdom, reports the Bangkok Post. The prob...
Thai Golfer Becomes Youngest Champ
Jul 22, 2013
14-year-old Pachara Khongwatmai won the Singha Hua Hin Open on Sunday making him the youngest male player to win a professional golf tournament, reports the Ban...
Villagers Report Tiger Pack Sighting
Jul 22, 2013
A villager from a remote village outside of Korat reportedly sighted five large cats, which he described as Tigers, on his farm, reports the Bangkok Post. The ...
What is Asarnha Bucha Day?
Jul 22, 2013
Many of those living in Thailand only know that today they do not have to go to work. This is exciting for many, and can also be difficult to discover exactly ...

discussion
comments powered by Disqus



Recent Articles
World’s Most Infamous Monk Will Return to Thailand
Wirapol Sukphol, the now infamous, jet-setting monk who has been defrocked will return to Thailand on July 31st, reports the Bangkok Post. The monk is currently...
Education Ministry Cracking Down on Bogus Schools
The Education Ministry has stepped up its campaign to battle bogus universities which are becoming a problem in the Kingdom, reports the Bangkok Post. The prob...
Thai Golfer Becomes Youngest Champ
14-year-old Pachara Khongwatmai won the Singha Hua Hin Open on Sunday making him the youngest male player to win a professional golf tournament, reports the Ban...
Villagers Report Tiger Pack Sighting
A villager from a remote village outside of Korat reportedly sighted five large cats, which he described as Tigers, on his farm, reports the Bangkok Post. The ...
 

Info@TalkBangkok.com

|   Stay  |   Art & Shows  |   Directory  |   Nightlife  |   Dining  |   Shopping  |   Explore  |  

Copyright 2012 © TalkBangkok.com. All rights reserved.