Location: Little Portugal
Address: 217 Ossington Ave
Price Range: $10~15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Happy hour Mon-Sat 3:30 to 5:30
Fishbar is very active on Twitter and that's how I first found out about this restaurant. The lack of fresh seafood in Toronto got me always on the look out for good seafood restaurants that possibly has awesome happy hour specials and fishbar caught my attention.
They are located in the corner of Ossington and Dundas so it was my first time exploring west of downtown Toronto. The restaurant is fairly easy to find and it's just couple doors down from the famous Pizzeria Libretto.
My friends and I arrived around 4:40ish and the restaurant was completely empty. I really liked the restaurant layout- they didn't have the over the top seafood decoration happening but little details here and there really stood out for me.
Overall it looked more like a winebar than a oyster bar. The restaurant had this laid back feeling yet it seemed perfect for dates or intimate gatherings.
Ordered: Happy Hour Oysters 4/5
* East Coast Standard Oysters for $1.35 each or Platter of 12 for $16
* Served with apple sauce, cocktail sauce, ponzu sauce as well as spicy vodka in a vinegar container
* Freshly grated horseradish and lemon on the side
* Oysters were all different size, some big and some small
* They were all very fresh but some were creamier than others
* It went down smooth and it was refreshing
* I liked the ponzu sauce
Ordered: Happy Hour Crispy Calamari 4/5
* Served with Sriracha Aioli for $7
* Comes hot and fresh
* Batter is crispy and the calamari is chewy
* You can tell that the calamari is fresh
* Good for sharing as an appetizer
* Sriracha Aioli was really good
It might be because we were the only ones in the restaurant, but the service was beyond excellent. The guy working behind the bar who also served us was very friendly and he also did the oyster shucking himself which was impressive.
Summary: My friends who raved about $1 oyster specials at biffs (Check out my review here) prior to our visit to the fishbar- said they liked the oysters at the fishbar better and so did I. The oysters at the fishbar has more flavor and depth to their taste, and for the happy hour special? you can't complain. Happy hour is def worth checking out and maybe in the future I will be back to check out their regular menu.