|Beer-Battered Fish & Chips ($11)|
Fishbar in Toronto is a great excuse to round-up all your seafood-loving friends, order a bottle of wine and go on a seafood and oyster binge with their easy sharing plates. William Tavares' new restaurant is located just a few doors down from his other hot spot, Salt Wine Bar. Fishbar has a casual atmosphere and is an easy starting point for a night on Ossington.
Our party started off with a dozen oysters of three different varieties. We had some monster sized ones that I have never seen before. I think they were the biggest oysters I have ever eaten. The selection changes daily ($2-4), we let our server pick for us. The beer-battered fish was extremely crunchy with moist, fresh haddock on the inside. I think this was my favourite! We wished for more french fries since they were perfectly crisp and seasoned.
|The Grilled Calamari ($9)|
The grilled calamari at Fishbar is served with nicoise olives, capers and lemon. It was also a hit and my second favourite dish of the night. The calamari was perfectly cooked, not too chewy and full of smokey grilled goodness.
|White Anchovy ($7)|
I can't say I'm a big fan of anchovies, but I'll try anything. The sourdough crostini that it sat on was delicious, but I still find anchovies to be a big salty mess for me. But if you're into anchovies, I'm sure you'd be into this - it's a white anchovy with olive gremolata and caramelized onions.
The Codfish Brandade ($6) was also a first for me. It's like a buttery fish spread served with chives and crostini. It has the texture of chunky mashed potatoes and spreadable. Even though it's made with cod, it wasn't overly fishy tasting. We liked it so much, we had to ask for more crostini.
|The Casual Dining Room + Atmosphere|
Since Fishbar is fairly new, I would say reservations are a must. The place was pretty crowded when we showed up on a Friday night at 7 pm. A wait was just starting to form at the door. For your non-seafood loving friends, Fishbar does serve a steak. I really enjoyed my experience here and will definitely be back to try more things off their menu.
Fishbar, Toronto - 217 Ossington Avenue @ Dundas