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Mar 3, 2009 04:41 PM

Oyster Shack

Going to the MMFA tomorrow and need info on Oyster Shack. A few people have told me about their Chowder (That it's wonderful), I however, am not a chowder fan but I do love seafood. Anyone tried it?

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    1. I've tried it, but I'm not a fan of seafood (so I had the lamb, which was good but very salty). The people I was with had fish, though, and they liked it. There's also a clam chowder poutine!

      1. I like Oyster Shack well enough. It is nothing special, but it is reliable. I did enjoy the dishes, but I can't say stuff really stood out. As you love seafood, I think you will be all right.

        1. Just want to add my thumbs up for Oyster Shack since the thread is titled so.

          Been there on two occasions since the start of this year. Staff is very friendly. Resto is decorated to look like a seaside seafood shack - very relaxed yet still white-cloth napkin service!

          One Thursday happy hour night (customer appreciation night? not sure.) there were non stop rounds of free fresh raw oysters, fried shrimps, shrimp cocktail and bruschetta. And they were all yummy! The bruschetta was done nicely - the right crunch noting its freshness and non sogginess and a hint of basil - TASTY! Their fish & chips was heavenly - if I remember it is catfish. Batter was light, cripsy, and no taste of re-used oil. I also had the clam chowder poutine and it was also good and very filling!

          1. Going once again tomorrow night. Not too fancy, but for Montreal it has decent seafood. I say this with some qualification as I was the chef/owner of a good Vancouver seafood/fish restaurant.

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            1. re: bigfellow

              Does anybody know what type of catfish they use in their fish and chips, as well as their burger? Equally, from those who have been there, do you think, or know, if the servers would be able to tell you? The only reason I ask is because I'd want to know if they're using the Vietnamese variety commonly called Basa here in Montreal (if you buy it frozen from Super C, they use the name Pangasius), or if it's one of the two true "classic" American varieties such as Blue or Channel catfish.

              1. re: Haggisboy

                interesting, i often buy cooked pangasius at metro seafood counter for a lunch, didnt know it was catfish, but i have been enjoying this fish, not expensive--if i had known it was catfish probably would have skipped the purchase!