241 Spadina Ave
M5T 2E2 Canada
Waling past this place countless times, heading to Chinatown or back, they always had some sort of special scribbled onto a chalkboard stilt on a certain hour of any other day. We were finally fully enticed to walk in when we were halted at the sight of their ‘$1 Buck a Shuck’ scribbled on the stilt.
Daily specials on a mirror at the bar
Originally wanting a few oysters, it escalated from there once we saw the two menus. We grabbed a few tasters.
1. Oysters with Prosecco & Cucumber ($1/each)
These are the first oysters I’ve had since I’ve gotten to Canada. And I have to say, they are the slackest oysters I’ve ever had. We had the Prosecco & Cucumber (bottom right) to drizzle over – it had a nice vinegarette tang to it. I liked the little bites of cucumber. This was creatively showcased ontop of popcorn.
2. Tuna Carpaccio ($13)
With seasonal market vegetables, anchovy vinaigrette
This was sort of a wildcard. The tuna was a soft bite along with the coleslaw tasting mix of blanched green beans, potatoes, red onion and cauliflower it was served with. There were no fishy-tastes of the vinaigrette, all I tasted was tang, tang, tang.
3. Grilled Calamari ($10~)
With tomato, white bean, sofritto and pickled fennel
The hardly-grilled calamari saved this dish. Like a very boring tomato and bean mix with pickled toppings.
4. Salmon Crudo ($10~)
With grapefruit, orange, ceci bean puree and fennel slaw.
A big old meh’.
5. Bread & Rosemary Oil ($5)
This shouldn’t have been the winner – simple, but great.
Points for the decor. I felt like I was clean eating throughout our meal. Tasters are just not for me. I am looking forward to trying their brunch menu that I’ve been eyeballing for so long, though. Till we meet again. No potatoes yet.