Category Archives: Cuisine (Seafood)

Rodney’s by Bay

56 Temperance Street, Toronto, Ontario
(Queen St & Bay St)
Phone: 416-703-5111

If you’re an oyster fan and in the core downtown area, you’d be happy to hear (at least I was) that Rodney’s has opened up a location tucked off of Bay Street. This place is much smaller than the original location but is a cozy place to hang out for after-work drinks/dinner.

• Oysters – served super fresh (as always); try the variety of sauces but be warned that Danger Bay is suicidal hot). In the photo, you’ll see:
Kusshi (top)-creamy and melon-flavourish (hold off on the garnishes and sauces for this one; maybe just a squirt of lemon)
Kumamoto (bottom)-creamy and saltier
• Roasted Fig Salad (sorry, this was so temptingly delicious I forgot to take a photo)
• Grilled Calamari
• Chianti

Good to Know
• Best seats: Table #5 (the table at the corner with the sofa)
• Service: Good
• Atmosphere: one large room with a big bar right at the centre and a few tables along the side and back of the restaurant (because of the size there is only one washroom for each sex)
• Ideal for: After-work gatherings; date
• Attire: Business, smart casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes (especially on a Friday night which is extremely busy)
• Patio recommended: No

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Penrose Fish and Chips

600 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M5G 1P5
(Eglinton Ave E & Mount Pleasant Rd)
T: (416) 481-9444

One of the best fish & chips restaurants in the city! These guys sure know what they’re doing. They’ve been around since 1950 and I hear many celebrities (including Barbara Streisand) come here when they’re in town.

• Halibut & Chips
• Chowder – rich and creamy

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: simple diner style
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat or takeout
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Rodney’s Oyster House

469 King St W, Toronto, ON
(Spadina & King)
(416) 363-8105 

Rodney’s is “the place” I’d recommend for raw oysters. It’s not just the oyster experience that’s fun but the food, sauces, beer and photos (on the bathroom wall) are worth exploring.

I usually start with an oyster platter of various selections (usually 2-3 per person). The server is usually very well versed in this area. If there is something I really like, I’d reorder it for the second round of oysters. Then I’d go with the hot menu items e.g. chowder, catch of the day, etc. (Don’t forget to ask what beers are available. They offer some selection not available elsewhere!) 

• Oysters – don’t forget to try the variety of sauces and freshly grated horseradish. Some I like are:
Pacific Oysters (generally)
Kusshi-Stellar Bay, Bourne, BC
Kumamoto-North Bay Puget Sound
Buckley Bay and Ship Point, BC
Osprey Point, PEI
• Chowder – comes with a small pack of yummy crackers
• Cherry Stone Clams
• Various beers they offer

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Generally great
• Atmosphere: boat or sea-themed with nets, wood, fish tanks, etc
• Ideal for: Business, date, family
• Attire: Smart casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: No

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