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KayceeK Jun 20, 2008 04:27 PM

Rodney's or Starfish? Or other? I haven't been to either, but planning a trip soon..

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    DBooth RE: KayceeK Jun 20, 2008 05:15 PM

    Well, we like Oyster Boy.

    They always have a selection form 5 or 8 different places and you can sample them all on a plate.

    (have not been to Rodney's or Starfish, keep meaning to)

    1. Charles Yu RE: KayceeK Jun 20, 2008 06:25 PM

      I've been to Rodney's, Oyster Boy, Zee Grill and Starfish.....etc. Starfish is hands down the winner! Great selection of common and uncommon varietals from both the east and west coast as well as from Ireland ( Galway flats when in season), France ( Belon and Fines de Claire )etc. The French ones usually arrive on Thursdays. In addition to oysters they usually carry a selection of clams and sea urchins ( when in season )., Their kitchen is also one of the best in the city for 'fish dishes'. Look for Florida groupers, European wild sea bream and other exotic fishes from say, New Zealand. They also have a nice selection of white wine by the glass to go with the bi-valves.

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        sloweater RE: Charles Yu Jun 21, 2008 02:07 PM

        I agree with the Starfish recommendation, but would also recommend Oysterboy or Rodney's if you're looking for a more casual environment.

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          grandgourmand RE: sloweater Jun 21, 2008 02:24 PM

          Is there a menu online (for Starfish)? I googled and couldn't find the restaurant site.

          I've been to Rodney's a few times. If this one's better, then that's a treat.

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            Charles Yu RE: grandgourmand Jun 21, 2008 02:52 PM

            Starfish's website is www.starfishoysterbed.com.
            Rodney's is www.rodneysoysterhouse.com and Oyster Boy's is www.oysterboy.ca
            You can check them out and compare.

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              grandgourmand RE: Charles Yu Jun 21, 2008 04:36 PM

              Thanks. I've been to Rodney's but not the other two. Oh, despite my love of bi-valves, I'm ashamed to say I haven't tried the starfish.

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        mac n cheeze RE: KayceeK Jun 22, 2008 05:09 AM

        Starfish all the way. Mr Cheeze and I were just there (again!) this week
        Always fesh oysters, always great atmosphere
        Mr Cheeze isn't as big an oyster fan as I am, so he really appreciates Starfish's great selection of fish that is available and always very well executed
        Oysters the day we were there included: Bras D'Ors, malpeques, Galways (Ireland), Kumamotos, one from Maine and three of four others

        I have not been to Oyster Boy, but a good friend loves it - she has not been to Starfish
        Our group of friends stopped going to Rodney's about 2 years aso - we just didn't like the atmosphere as much as at Starfish

        1. KayceeK RE: KayceeK Jun 24, 2008 08:10 AM

          Thanks for the input. We're actually going to check out Starfish during Summerlicious to get a taste of it.

          1. FrancoYYZ RE: KayceeK Jun 24, 2008 08:57 AM

            I would strongly back Oyster boy!
            Starfish is great as well, but i find it overpriced... He has definitely capitalized on his success by raising prices steadily over the years...
            If you are only going for oysters i would suggest Oyster boy but if you are looking for more (like sea urchin) Starfish will have whatever is available...

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              syrahc RE: KayceeK Jun 24, 2008 11:56 AM

              The quality, variety and execution at Starfish is unequal to Rodney's or Oysterboy. I can applaud the ideal to stay local and support our East Coast oyster farmers but the product just doesn't have some of the nuances of Galway Flats, Belons, etc.The cold and dark basement of Rodney's has little atmosphere. Also can't go wrong with the hot items at Starfish.

              1. hotsauce28 RE: KayceeK Jun 24, 2008 02:08 PM

                Haven't been to Rodneys but I've been to Oysterboy and Starfish and for me, Oysterboy was much better than Starfish.
                I found Starfish overpriced and the service was lacking.
                The entree's aren't that great either. I can't remember which fish I had but it was revolting and I've had better cod at Lee's garden.

                1. aser RE: KayceeK Jun 24, 2008 03:04 PM

                  if you want to save some money and have some fun while you're at it, try shucking at home. Starfish gets their oysters from Fisherman's Brother in Thornhill. They've recently closed to move to their new location at Yonge & Royal Orchard. I am not sure if the new spot is open yet but I was there a couple of Saturdays ago when they were packing up for the move.


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                    abscissa RE: aser Jun 24, 2008 07:21 PM

                    What should one expect to pay for a run of the mill malpeque oyster to shuck at home? (fresh) I pay $1.25 each but I think there is a local marche which shucks and serves them for $1.75 ea (and they weren't terrible)...not that i feel like i am being cheated but not a bargain either...

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                      aser RE: abscissa Jun 25, 2008 08:18 AM

                      last time I went i got about 14 for $13.99., well I ordered a dozen and they threw in 2 free. I got 3 different types.

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                        ssainani RE: abscissa Jun 25, 2008 10:19 AM

                        fwiw - the loblaws near me (Burnamthorpe Market) frequently sells 30 (or 36 maybe?) for $12.99

                        live malpeques...in a waterproof cardboard box

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                          kmoore RE: ssainani Jun 25, 2008 08:30 PM

                          Went to Starfish last week for dinner. Oysters were marvelous.

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