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Oyster bars in GTA

hotsauce28 Feb 29, 2008 06:57 AM

I've only been to a couple (Oyster Boy and Prohibition). Any other recommendations (besides Rodney's) in and around the Toronto area?

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  1. grandgourmand RE: hotsauce28 Feb 29, 2008 07:00 AM

    How was prohibition?

    Starfish is another good one.

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    1. re: grandgourmand
      hotsauce28 RE: grandgourmand Feb 29, 2008 07:04 AM

      i really like Prohibition. It's casual, they play great music and the oyster guy really loves his shellfish and it shows!

      i've heard good things about Starfish, I'll have to check it out.

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        grandgourmand RE: hotsauce28 Feb 29, 2008 07:13 AM

        good to hear...i go by it every day and have resisted because prohibition/booze emporium is a stupid name...don't judge a book by its cover, i guess.

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          hotsauce28 RE: grandgourmand Feb 29, 2008 07:23 PM

          you don't like the name?? I thought it was brilliant!
          What I thought was stupid was that they weren't allowed to call it Booze Emporium because it encouraged drinking. It's a bar for god's sake!

      2. re: grandgourmand
        MartiniGirls RE: grandgourmand Feb 29, 2008 07:04 AM

        Most of the oysters in Toronto come from 3 sources- Rodney's, Oyster Boy or Starfish. Each of them own their own oyster beds & buy the imported oysters from the same suppliers. They then sell them to other restaurants.
        For a casual night & a pint of Guinness, Oyster Boy is great. For more upscale (and more variety), Starfish can't be beat.

        1. re: MartiniGirls
          hotsauce28 RE: MartiniGirls Feb 29, 2008 07:25 PM

          i checked out the Starfish menu. I can't believe they have fresh sea urchin! and the prices aren't too bad either.
          I'm making reservations!

          1. re: hotsauce28
            sweetie RE: hotsauce28 Mar 4, 2008 01:05 PM

            A little off topic but.... I am surprised that you have a hard time finding fresh sea urchin. I would think a good number of Japanese restaurants would have uni.

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              hotsauce28 RE: sweetie Mar 4, 2008 01:51 PM

              it's always hit and miss with sea urchin. a lot of the times, the restaurant is either out or it's not fresh. i've had bad uni once and now i'm very careful!

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        frito RE: hotsauce28 Feb 29, 2008 07:01 AM

        Starfish is very good. The owner is the Oyster shucking world champion. It's on Adelaide near Jarvis.

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          KevinB RE: hotsauce28 Mar 1, 2008 01:55 AM

          If you're in the north part of the city, Terra (Yonge, just south of Hwy 7), has a decent oyster bar - or did, as I haven't visited in a year.

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            zoohort2 RE: hotsauce28 Mar 1, 2008 05:19 AM

            The Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill in the Distillery District is really good! Website: http://www.purespirits.ca/

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            1. re: zoohort2
              millygirl RE: zoohort2 Mar 2, 2008 11:16 AM

              Starfish is great. If you go you must try the daily chowder. It is always wonderful.
              And believe it or not, they have amazing frites!

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