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Feb 16, 2007 12:52 PM


What are the best seafood restos in Toronto?

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  1. There are several places in Toronto that have good seafood. I can suggest Chiado on College (very expensive), Zee Grill on Mt Pleasant (moderate), Pisces on Danforth (moderate) and Xam Yu on Spadina (very cheap). All have reliably good seafood in my experience.

    I've found that most places in Toronto claiming to be "seafood restaurants" aren't very good. People on this board sometimes recommend the Fish House on Sheppard. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but my most recent visits consistently saw boring preps of often overcooked fish that wasn't notably fresh tasting in any event.

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    1. re: embee

      Properly cooked seafood should be a boring prep. If the fish is good, you shouldn't being doing much more than grilling it. In real seafood meccas like Boston and Florida, that how fish is usually served.

      As fae as the Fish House is concerned, it's OK in general and fairly good by Toronto standards.

      1. re: wordsworth

        Perfectly cooked exquisitely fresh seafood is NOT boring...

        1. re: embee

          You lost nuance. The seafood isn't boring; the prep is boring.

          1. re: wordsworth

            No I didn't...

            There is nothing boring about great fresh seafood simply poached, steamed, sauteed, grilled, roasted, or broiled, so long as the prep is appropriate for the seafood and is timed accurately.

            Taking a piece of fish and throwing it on the grill until dry is boring.

            1. re: embee

              Speaking of a simple fish preparation that is utterly amazing, we dined at Sado Sushi (yes, I still like it there) last night. The chef sent over a couple of items on the house, one of them being two portions of grilled hamachi cheek that was possibly the most wonderful fish I'd ever eaten - succulent inside, crispy outside - bone-sucking good! It's available on request.

        2. re: wordsworth

          Au contraire...

          Perfectly prepared exquisitely fresh seafood is NOT boring!

      2. Starfish, hands down. Chiado is my second choice.

        1. Eat pork in Toronto. Not fish.

          1. Quince has excellent wood oven baked whole fish.
            Usually two choices.
            e.g. bream and sea-bass.
            I had an amazing arctic char at Mildred Pearce last week.
            Unless you want a basically fish only meal, in which case I might agree that the Chinese seafood restaurants have the best selection...far more choice than Chaido, which I do like, and Starfish, where I am one of the few on this board who disagree with the accolades.
            For variety of seafood nobody beats the Chinese.

            1. Definitely Zee Grill or Starfish ( a toss up ).. As for Chiado, found their quality has slipped a bit recently. ???