Metropolitan Oyster Exchange

Metropolitan Oyster Exchange

Anne Leonard

Though the Metropolitan Oyster Exchange takes a sweet departure from your average tourist attraction, Metro is right at home at the beach. Metro’s sailor-esque interior makes you feel like you’re riding shotgun with a fisherman and being served up the freshest seafood straight from the salty waters. From their sassy cocktail concoctions to their non-use of elevator music, Virginia Beach has long been thirsting for a hip eatery like Metro.

On this midweek visit my friend and I did not order seafood, though she said during her past visit the Oysters Rockefeller were outstanding. I went for the fruity peach shrub and bourbon cocktail garnished with an orange peel and dessert (no surprise there). My gal pal ordered the house white wine, beet salad and a heaping pile of fries to share.

Delicious Oysters Rockafeller

I gathered that the dessert menu often changes since our bubbly waitress didn’t retrieve a printed menu, but rather a wrinkled note came inscribed with the evening’s desserts. There were some honorable mentions like French toast cupcakes, but on this particular night they crafted a dessert for the truest of chocolate lovers. Once my exquisite cocktail paved the way for something sweeter, my palate was primed for a treat of chocolate upon chocolate. I shamelessly ordered the dark chocolate mousse with three handmade truffles.

My sweet friend shared her vat of fries to dip among a trio of Sriracha mayo, sesame mayo and classic ketchup. The sesame mayo was nutty, as expected, but when combined with the Sriracha, ‘twas a match made in fry heaven. Her mixed beet salad and fried goat cheese wheels atop arugula mingled with shredded radish; she gave me the thumbs up that it did not disappoint.

Shortly thereafter, dessert was served. The chocolate mousse was fluffy, airy and followed up by its scallop-edged tart, which seemed pecan or walnut-based. We couldn’t place its nuttiness. A dappled raspberry arc divided the shelled chocolate mousse from the three chocolate spheres, each mismatched in size with a light dusting of cocoa. The dark chocolate and caramel truffles appeared fragile as if they were to melt in any moment, but they were incredibly dense and fudgy packed with bittersweet cocoa.

chocolate mousse tart

Metro opened up in the Linkhorn Shoppes at the Oceanfront just months ago and is already making a name for itself. The masterminds behind the food are chefs Jerry Bryan and Moe Cucchiaro of local favorite, Coastal Grill.

I'll be sure to try the oysters upon my next visit, but the truffles and sesame mayo are a convincing enough reason.

Metro is open from 4–11 p.m. 7 days a week. Check out their Facebook Page for weekly specials!

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