Despite 'the worse than what you would believe' commute from the burbs to the big city, our family toughs it out to get its fresh oysters-on-the-half shell fix on a regular basis! You absolutely need reservations as this friendly and informal little restaurant specializing in the freshest oysters around is packed with oyster lovers devouring them by the dozen. The oyster shucker is busy all evening! We always seem to find a parking spot on the street which is teeming with cyclists, tramways and original little shops and art galleries. It is only a stone's throw from Trinity Bellwoods Park. The wait staff give you a warm welcome as soon as you enter and they are quick to take your order. A large blackboard over the bar area lists the provenance of about 6-8 different types of oysters (on the eastern and western seaboards), and with the help of the very knowledgeable wait staff you will get exactly what you want. The oysters are competitive in price and for a special occasion (of which I find many), we find it is really worth the splurge. You can have several varieties on your oyster dish which are accompanied by three sauces, and finely grated fresh horseradish which will set your sinuses ablaze if you take too hefty a dollop. There are a nice variety of white wines which always seem to go well with our selections! The shoe string fries with the jalapeno mayo are addictive! The Caesar salad, green vegetable and mushroom sides, steamed clams and clam chowder which we order between us, never disappoint. We always tend to order the same dishes though there are plenty of other seafood and fish offerings. I can't comment on the desserts, never having had one. But I am sure they must be delicious. Our last visit was in May and we will probably find another special occasion soon!
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