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May 23, 2011 08:51 AM

Ossingtons Newest-One Word PERFECT

Had the pleasure of attending Oss's newest restaurant and let me tell you it was well worth the wait.

Welcome to Oss Fishbar and please don't change a thing. Dined there Sunday eve.

Had a few questions about the wine list that is incredibly well priced and also just incredible. No white over 60 and a several by the glass around 10.

The ever so helpful sommelier recommended the first glass and brought over a taste for both myself and my girlfriend. It was great. He did the same for two other glasses of wine always telling us a bit about the wine and that if we did not like it he would bring something else. What great service and what great wine. Each glass was great. The Chenin Blanc was my personal favourite while my girl friend most favoured the sauvningon blanc. And we both agreed the Austrian wine was pretty good as well.

Our server (also turned out to be one of the owners) was equally as helpful. It is clear he has not left his east coast hospitality and friendliness out east and has a true pride and passion for both the fish he serves and what he does.

He subtly convinced me to join my girlfriend in trying my first oyster. Glad he did so.

After the oysters we moved to the anchovy crostini and the shrimp cocktail. The flavour of the anchovies and onion exploded on the first bite. The shrimps we large, fresh and succulent and the classic cocktail sauce was just right.

We then moved to the sardine. If you like sardines you will love their's. Perfectly and simply grilled. I still don't know how they do it at 8.

We finished up with the locally grown asparagus and the panko crusted calamari. Again simply put. Perfection.

Sadly at this point we were both full and unable on this visit to try the tuna or qual. But don't worry we will on the next visit.

I can not think of one bad thing to say about this place. Great food. Great Service and well priced.

My only fear is that this place will soon have lines like Libretto. I really really hope they take reservations.

217 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7, CA

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  1. Sounds like it was a great experience, with great food, great wine and great service. ;-)

    Fishbar takes reservations for groups with 6+ people. First come/first served for groups of less than 6 people.

    1. Thanks for the review, looking forwad to trying it!! Nice thing about Ossington is while waiting for a table I love getting a blood orange margherita at Reposado! the empanadas aren't bad there also!

      136 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        1. It's hard to find a cocktail sauce that's just right, Kagemusha. There's an art behind the perfect balance of ketchup and horseradish.

          Ambitious menu on FB page, which has more choices than the online menu on the website:

          To those who have dined at Fishbar since it opened- are fish tacos or oyster po boy sliders on the current menu? They don't seem to appear on the current online menu.

          1. re: prima

            Nice but nothing especially notable.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Busy weekend! Didn't have time to post but ate there on Friday - no fish tacos or oyster po boy sliders. The current menu on the website is more accurate than the one on Facebook. I really enjoyed the dishes...especially good to support a company that uses local/sustainable seafood. Just too bad they don't take reservations as someone noted except for more than 6.

              1. re: bluefirefly

                Thanks, bluefirefly. Hope they bring on the fish tacos and fried oyster po boys soon.

                Glad you enjoyed the disehs.

        2. Is this run by the same people as Salt? Interesting to hear the raves considering Salt is such a miss. I guess that's good news if it's the case.

          Salt Wine Bar
          225 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7, CA

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          1. re: Sui_Mai

            William Tavares is "the concept builder and creative mind behind Fishbar". William Tavares and Albino Silva own Salt according to ChefDB. Someone who commented on the following article suggests Mr. Tavares is no longer associated with Salt. Maybe someone who knows the scoop will pipe in.


            David Friedland is the Chef, Jaime Duran is the Front of House/Manager/Sommelier, and Mark Moore (formerly of Oyster Boy) is the Oyster Specialist.



            Didn't realize Salt is often a miss. Haven't been.

            Salt Wine Bar
            225 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7, CA

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