Rodney’s Oyster House
469 King St. West
Toronto, ON M5V 1K4
Times visited: 1
Price for 2: $75 (16 oysters, drinks)
If you don’t like seafood, don’t even bother to set foot in this place.
However, if seafood is your thing, or if you’ve never tried oysters but like a food adventure, Rodney’s Oyster House is a great destination for you.
I was one of those unfortunate souls who had never experienced the delight of freshly shucked oysters. As such, I benefitted from the experience of our server, who was willing to explain the options. Sitting at the bar, we could see huge buckets of oysters on ice, each with a sign explaining the kind, source, price, and size. After decoding the signs for us, our server explained that oysters have their own unique flavours, and are often eaten with just a drizzle of fresh lemon juice and a bit of horseradish so that the taste can really speak.
We asked for a selection of oysters to give us a range of tastes. Our server whipped us up a tray and explained the different selections, although I could have benefitted from a little more time and depth on each one. However, despite his helpfulness, our server didn’t seem particularly thrilled to answer questions, so I let it slide.
We munched on fresh bread as we watched the oysters being shucked in front of our eyes. After a few minutes, the oyster-shucker himself tossed us a finished tin pie plate of oysters, lined with ice and garnished with lemon, shaved horseradish, and a bit of seaweed. We were also given 5 sauces lined up, which went from mild to very hot.
Eating the oysters was definitely an experience. After loosening each oyster with a special tool, you tipped it your mouth right out of the shell. The texture was smooth, cold, and a little slimy, but not in a bad way. Although I was far from a connoisseur, I was able to taste the beginnings of the flavours that distinguished one oyster from another. I was soon on a roll, but with a price of $2-3 for each slurp, I had to stop sometime.
The overall experience of this place definitely made it a winner. It’s always fun to try something new, especially when you can tell it’s done right.