We caught wind of the Red Fish restaurant just before it was set to open. Being big seafood eaters this hit the mark as a place to check out right away. So just after the first soft opening we made some reservations and waited in anticipation for what Toronto deservedly needs; a seafood specific restaurant.
It was going to be an action packed night so we had a 7:00 pm reservation. We were the first ones there but after being seated for 20 minutes the place filled up quickly. While the decor is nothing spectacular, the polished cutlery and heavy linens do add some flare.
Once the sun settled you could pick up on the romantic ambience of the place. However, while we were there I have to admit the atmosphere was quite dreary. The music definitively needs to be picked up. I am not talking blaring top 40 but barely audible Louis Armstrong seemed more fitting for a funeral viewing. That being said it was the biggest complaint and yes, the vibe and feel of a place can be almost as important as the food it serves so this was a pretty big negative.
The food though was another story. It was impeccable and can go toe-to-toe with the best Toronto has to offer. We started with the Steelhead Trout Rillettes $14 that was a perfect sharing appetizer.
Our mains were the Arctic Char $25 and the BC Ling Cod $27.
No clear winner here as both dishes were cooked to perfection yet distinct. Both servings were generous in size and by the time we finished we were both full.
For dessert we had the Trio Ice Cream (ginger, plum, green tea) and the Chocolate Pudding. While the ice cream was creamy in texture the flavours were a little heavy for a dinner that already carried enough weight. The pudding, while being extremely heavy was a refreshing contrast. Strange, I know – but it worked.
Red Fish is part of the Ocean Wise program and only serves sustainable seafood. So those wanting the BC Ling Cod know that it is out of season now and they are no longer serving it. Vegetables and other ingredients are locally sourced where applicable and it was apparent in the sides that were paired with the fish mains.
Service at Red Fish was first-rate. We were made to feel at home the moment we walked in. Red Fish is obviously getting the attention it deserves. If they just picked up the feel of the place they could be the go-to-place for seafood in the west half of Toronto.
890 College St.