A few years ago, I went to Rodney’s but it wasn’t totally up to my expectation. Maybe my expectation was too high. The oysters/service were not spectacular given the high price range. One night at a gathering, I first heard of Starfish. Someone told me this place is great place to get good oysters – less expensive compared to Rodney’s but very good seafood.
About half a year ago, JK and I were talking about going to Starfish after browsing their website, but I did not go to this place until recently. It was a birthday gathering for one my girlfriends (and also for my bf – at least to both of us).
Saturday night around 8:30, we came to this place near Adelaide and Jarvis. It was a gloomy evening – with all the clouds and rains. Of course, it wasn’t because of the birthdays; just a very subjective feeling of mine. There were a total of 10 of us.
The menu was good – enough but not too many selections. Raw oysters from the East (PEI – Colville Bay, Hardy’s Malpeque; NB – Beausoleil, NS – Wedgeport), West (WA – Kumamoto, BC – Hariot Bay) and from far and away’s Kelly’s Oysters Ireland and Clarenbridge Bay –Gigas.
We ordered 30 Malpeque, some Ireland and some Kumamoto. Kumamoto, this small but flavourable oyster, seems to be the favourite of the ladies. The flavour of Malpeque was very balanced – not too strong/salty, but Ireland was very salty – maybe it’s just not my type of oyster. Price range of these oysters is from about $2.10 (Malpeque) to $3.50 (Kumamoto/Ireland).
They also have the so-called Patrick’s Oysterlicious Plates. If you like Malpeque and want a “deal”, this is good. From the Canadian’s Plate (18 Hardy’s for $28) to the Shucker’s Hunny (100 Hardy’s for $100).
(1) Our two-level oyster dish
(2) Malpeque (left); Kumamoto (right)
Beside oysters, Starfish also offers a different dishes from the land and sea. Here’s what we ordered:
(8) Rare roasted magret of duck on potato galette, braised red cabbage, runner beans with a savory cherry sauce. According to R, this is so-so. The cherries was not a good complement of the duck. The flavour of the dish was overall too strong.
Overall, I would say Starfish was so-so. However, according to JK, they do have good side dishes/appetizers. If you would like to check it out and give it a try. Here’s the info:
FYI: Starfish Oysterbed & Grill
100 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, ON. M5C 1K9
Tel: 416-366-STAR (7827)
M-F: 12p.m. – 3p.m.; 5p.m. – 11p.m.; Sat: 5p.m. – 11p.m.; Sunday Closed