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Starfish - Fish dish deserving a special mention!

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When it comes to great seafood/shellfish establishments, Starfish is consistently amongst the top three, so there's no point for me to post additional accolades. However, I do want to mention the gloriously delicious fish dish I had this evening from their kitchen. Its ' Seared New Zealand Tarakihi on a bed of sauteed pea shoot, fingerling potato and seafood broth '. This is the first time I had Tarakihi. Though from New Zealand, the fish tasted pristinely fresh. The skin was cooked perfectly crisp, not unlike a 'Lays potato chip'! The flesh was deliously juicy with the chewy texture of grouper but more refined and yielding. The accompanying bed of shallots sauteed pea shoots was so tasty and possesses such an addictive aroma that I almost asked for seconds! The seafood broth, tasting more like a 'creamless' lobster bisque provides a great sauce for the potatoes and baby turnips to mop up. Definitely the BEST fish dish I've eaten this year in Toronto. ( beating out dishes from Splendido, Chiado, Joso's, George and Zee Grill, to name a few!)

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  1. Lol, a fish from New Zealand is 'pristinely fresh'!

    No doubt, Starfish is a great restaurant. Last time I checked, New Zealand was over an 18 hour flight delay away...and I'm sure those 'pristine' fish came right off the boat and over to the airport on route to Ontario Canada! C'mon guys. Stop!

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    1. re: The Macallan 18

      Fresh fish from New Zealand comes in by plane and I know for a fact that some smaller fishing companies have a 24 hr out of the water onto your plate service. A friend of mine owns a seafood restaurant in New Jersey and uses the service all the time. That is the reason that the average fish from NZ sells for between 16 and 22 bucks a lb wholesale. So... I agree with Charles, if starfish sells New Zealand fish that tastes and smells pristine it is just that. BTW, fish from nova scotia is shipped by truck to Boston, then it is sold by auction and then it is shipped to the wholesale companies. How long do you think your local Canadian fish has been out of the pool before it lands on your plate. Cheers and happy new year.

    2. The fish is good, but beware of

      (i) very high prices, even for this calibre of restaurant
      (ii) hip decor but minimalist, not-that-comfortable furniture
      (iii) service sometimes comes with an unwelcome, haughty attitude or alternatively fake smiliness, both annoying. Especially if you show up at a busy time with no reservation...don't expect them to go out of their way to accomodate you.

      1. In my experiences at Starfish I have paid a price commensurate with the quality, been seated comfortably, and treated well by the staff without them being cloying. I have no idea why your experience is so vastly different.

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        1. re: Googs

          Exactly, we have less then a handful good seafood restaurants in this town that show some imagination and Starfish is surely one of them. Cheers.

          1. This is really a great restaurant. I had gone with my friend who has a true palate for food and he decided that the fish dish he had was the best he's ever had in a Western establishment. And coming from him, that says a lot. But I wouldn't go if you're looking for a cozy meal. It's not that bad for a big group actually because when I had gone for lunch there were maybe 10 suited businesspeople crammed together in a semi-circle booth. Rather amusing sight, actually! :P

            1. Is this located at 100 Adelaide Street East? Website: http://www.starfishoysterbed.com/