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Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill rates as one of my all time favourites. Whether it’s a casual or romantic dinner out to an evening with family or friends, Starfish has always risen to the occasion. The decor is easy-going, the East Coast charm is relaxing and inviting while the staff is attentive and knowledgable.
The owner, Patrick McMurray, holds the current Guinness Book of World Records for most oysters shucked in 1 minute (33 in total).
Now, the main draw is simply the food. Not just the bivalves on ice but anything on the Ocean Wise supported menu is stellar.
Oh and for all you Caesar lovers, while Starfish may not stuff a Caesar into a full-blown meal, they make one of the best in the city. Perfect in its simplicity.
Tonight we opted for the smoked haddock fishcakes with pata negra sausage $14. Simply amazing!
Of course what would dinner be without some oysters. Anthony had the half-dozen shuckers $18. The top two were from Massachusetts and the favourite of the six. The middle two were from France and making their appearance for the first time in Canada in 6 years. They were a little on the sweeter side but still delicious. The bottom two were from Nova Scotia hit a note balanced in the middle in terms of taste. Not too briny, not too sweet. Just right.
Dinner started off with the European Sea Bass $28. Three exquisite pieces of sea bass grilled to perfection among a carrot puree, jerk mango ketchup, kale, and chili toasted pepitas. It was as delicious as it was beautifully plated.
The Fish and Chips were massive $18. Two huge pieces of haddock in breaded bacon and herb. The dish was very tasty and different form other fish and chips. It would be nice to see it get a regular spot on the menu.
Note to yourself: You cannot leave without trying their signature dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding $8. Best in town! A square island on the plate surrounded with warm caramel sauce. It’s like sweet, melting warm lava in your mouth!