Thursday, March 18, 2010

Urban Eats @ Rodney's By Bay, Toronto

The Lobster Roll
I had an excellent lunch last week with fellow blogger, Ingrid Menninga over at Cashmere Clutch.  Since we are both big seafood fans, we headed to Rodney's By Bay - an outpost of the popular Rodney's Oyster House on King West.  
Thai Mussels
Lunch starts with thick slices of homestyle bread with butter and of course, oysters!  We gave the Kumomoto, Indian Creek and Mystic Oysters ($3-4/each) a try and they ranged from small to large depending on where they were from.  Don't forget to top with a spritz of lemon, freshly grated horseradish and one of Rodney's homemade seafood sauces before slurping away.
Our Oyster Tray
For our mains, Ingrid ordered the Yellow Thai Curry Mussels with Frites ($15) which are steamed in a mild Thai curry sauce.  The frites are extra crispy and are great to dip in all the extra sauce.  The mussels itself were meaty and fresh.
Delicious Sauces
I cannot turn down lobster. I spotted The Lobster Roll ($21) and my dinner roll sized sandwich was overstuffed with large chunks of lobster, bursting at the seams.  I attempted to eat what I could first with a fork and then made my way through the warm sandwich when it reached a compact enough size.  A creamy lobster bisque and a small spinach salad accompanies the sandwich which made for a very decadent lunch!  
The Oyster Bar
The new location at Bay & Temperance St. is near the financial district and is small, yet effective.  A large oyster bar in the centre of the room dominates the space with front-row seating all around.  Cozy booths line the rest of the room and the scene is casual and laid-back.  Needless to say, you need a reservation at lunch and the place is packed with bankers and lawyers enjoying a pint with their oysters.  Service is very friendly!
Rodney's By Bay
56 Temperance Street, Toronto ON
(416) 703-5111
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