Finally went to BP Oysterette in Santa Monica for the first time. I don't plan on going back.
We started with an oyster sampler. Oysters were not cold, and poorly shucked, pieces of shell in several of them. Many of them also had a sort of green slime coating the inside of the shells. No idea what was up with that.
Next was sea bass ceviche, Peruvian style. The dressing was very very spicy, completely overpowered the fish. I've had ceviche in Peru, but nothing like this. I think they were going for a "leche de tigre" kind of sauce, but missed the mark with too much heat. Only plus was it was a large portion. A large portion of substandard ceviche.
Then came what I had been waiting for! An order of steamers and an order of friend clams. What a huge disappointment. the steamers were terrible. Each one just a pile of mush - you could not pull them from the shell. Not particularly surprising, as I saw our bowl of steamers sitting for a good 10 minutes before it was brought to us (we were sitting at the bar - there was no reason for it to sit for any amount of time). they took these off the bill. And the fried clams were also terrible. Tiny tiny clams - there must have been 20-25 tiny clams on the plate. They tasted of stale oil. I love love love steamers and fried clams. I'll have to try Connie and Teds next.