Oyster Power Hour x2

Attempting to eat 120 of these in two hours.

Recently read from Kaelyn’s blog about an all-you-can-eat Friday oyster night at Private Affairs in Joo Chiat. Usually I avoid restaurants that invite bloggers for food tastings. I fear that people would think I accepted an invitation. But I do love oysters and at $38++ which include two glasses of Cava was too good an opportunity to pass up.

I wanted to see how many oysters I could eat. I set a goal of 50. But that seemed too easy. So I upped it to 10 dozen. 120 seemed challenging yet do-able. Although I don’t think I’ve eaten more than a dozen in one sitting.

I asked a few close foodie friends to join me, they declined on going into an oyster eat off. They wanted to savour this magnificent little creature and not kill the luxury factor by bingeing. But they all expressed excitement about watching me try to eat 120 of them. One said I would puke, another wagered I would get sick after 30.

So anyone interested in a friendly oyster eat off match this friday? Or maybe you just want to watch this culinary extreme sport? It would be nice to have some support as I try to eat as many oysters as I can. I’ll be at Private Affairs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Leave a comment below or email me if you are coming so I can change my reservation.

(Let me reiterate that this is by no means organized by the restaurant or their PR people. It’s a sad state of affairs that I had to make that disclaimer. Also sorry about the lack of posts. Been busy. New one should be up soon!)

Private Affairs
Friday, 19th of March, 7 p. m. to 9 p.m.
45 Joo Chiat Place
Singapore 427769
Tel: 6440-0601


13 responses to “Oyster Power Hour x2

  1. lol. I’ll be with you in spirit. good luck dave. you can make it on friday, as well as on the throne the next day. :)

    am craving oysters too lately.

  2. Thanks Ice! I just hope there isn’t a bad oyster in that bunch. But the law of probability is not on my side.

    Hope I can finish 120. It’s one per minute for two hours. Not that bad right?

    Also hope that they have enough. Would be pissed if I reach 105 and they run out of oysters. When I asked them over the phone the man (in a heavy accent) kinda scoffed. He said “it’s free-flow right?”

    Well I don’t think they know what I’m aiming for. Hope all goes well and I don’t get any food poisoning or other pathogens.


    you must film it down PLEASE!

  4. If I had a video camera I would! I’ll take pictures.

  5. Please also take pictures of the face of the restaurant staff whom are probably not going to be particularly entertained when the quota will exceed 20 or so :D

  6. Haha are you talking about the quota being oysters or photographs.

    Oysters – If I do manage to eat so many I’m going to seriously put a dent in their food cost. I think they’ll probably lose money with me.

    Photos – Bring your camera! You can take the look of shock/disgust/amazement of the staff. They probably won’t do it when I’m looking at them.

  7. Hi David.

    We look forward to seeing you this Friday!


  8. Haha oops looks like the cat is out of the bag! Well I’m looking forward to Friday too. And very surprised that you guys would still welcome me after I’ve set a goal of 120 oysters!

  9. Hey David,

    We run a private kitchen to share with people our passion for good food, good drinks and great company. We welcome any and everybody that shares the same passion as us! :) We never will turn away any of our guest who wants to have an enjoyable experience with us here @ Private Affairs.

    My team is very excited about this Friday. We look forward to meeting you in person.

    Seeya my foodie friend!

    Ross Velantine Errol

  10. Hey David, all I can say is… Good Luck! :)

  11. A number of friends have been asking about why I would ever want to eat so many oysters. And I’m at a lost myself to explain it. At first it was just a fun thing to do. I wanted to see if I could push myself to eat that many. My marathon partner commented on Facebook that it was just like running a marathon. I thought it was a good analogy.

    I got a comment today on a post I put up right at the end of last year: (http://theimportanceofsalt.com/2009/12/31/the-measure-of-my-powers-2008-2009/)
    It was also about another gorge-fest that I had. (My oyster eating night was meant to be a continuation of that post.) The point I was trying to make was that sometimes food is not just for nutrition and the satiety of hunger. But I didn’t explain myself well enough, because the comment was a question on what I meant. Again words fail me. So I borrowed from one of the greatest food writers, M.F.K. Fisher, to answer the question. I’ll reproduce it again:

    “So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.” – The Gastronomical Me

    She expressed what I felt and tried to write, but failed to communicate.

    As I re-read though that post and was thinking of tomorrow’s event, I recalled another incident at the Lobster Festival in Maine, where I stuffed myself beyond what my hunger called out for: (http://theimportanceofsalt.com/2008/07/08/the-lobster-and-the-boy-in-search-of-americana/)
    Read till the end of that post. I make my point there.

    So that is why I’m doing it. It certainly is not to deprive others of what I think is one of the most perfect foods. I heard though the grapevine, after Ross from Private Affairs came across this post (how did you come across this by the way?) that they have catered 120 oysters for me. That is even scarier than the thought of failing to achieve that I set out to do, because it would then be a waste of food and a loss of a magnificent creature. I just hope that I can do it justice, realizing now, just what I had set out to do.

    Ross – Thank you, that is very gracious of you.

    Harris – I think I’ll need it!

  12. Congrats, david! For finishing way more oysters in one sitting than any other person I know. You are officially the oyster king (in my book, at least haha), which is kinda scary lol.

  13. Hey Kaelyn!

    Sorry I didn’t see your comment until now. Thanks! I think. Haha.

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