Hi guys, A here. Time to get things rolling with a fresh post. It’s midterm season again at UBC (and also rain season, evidently) and therefore our blog entries will be a bit sparse for the time being..then you’ll expect a more regular interval between posts..until December, that is (students UNDERSTAND).
So, anyone who knows my food preferences knows that I love oysters, and especially raw ones. So why not pay a visit to allegedly one of the best places in town to get ’em, at Rodney’s Oyster House, nestled in the heart of Yaletown. Special thanks to M, J and V (who has quite a lovely blog here, for those who like anime) for trying this place out with me. S was enjoying some fine Greek food at Felicos, which can be read about here. I had some pretty high expectations going to this place, and the overall ambience of the place suggested a rustic fisherman’s port stop feel, although the quality of the food top to bottom is anything but rustic.
Complimentary bread with butter – B
They didn’t bother being adventurous with it, and that was fine with me. I wasn’t here for the bread anyway ;).
Assorted raw oysters with an accompaniment of assorted hot sauces, vodka pepper oil, and Worcestershire sauce ($2.50-3.50 per oyster) – A
Since we were new to this place and hadn’t perused the daily catch board, we asked the waiter to give us a healthy mix of oysters from the BC/Washington area, so he gave us equal amounts of Royal Miyagi, Kishimoto, and another kind that I cannot remember! They were all rather wonderful and can even rival Joe Forte’s in terms of freshness and accompaniments to go along with these beauties. Even if raw oysters aren’t your thing, one can appreciate the effort from shucking to presentation.
Crab cakes with arugula greens ($16.95) – A
Easily one of the best crab cakes I’ve tasted. Not overly greasy, lightly browned and crispy, and hardly any filler. It was pure crabby goodness. Usually for crab cakes you get that fullness from all the grain that they stuff in there to make the cake big, but this just left me wanting more. The salad wasn’t sloppily done either, it had a nice light olive oil dressing that was subtly sour that counteracted any heaviness on part of the crab cakes.
Garlic shrimp in bisque (left, $15.95) – A+, Pan-fried oysters (right foreground, $16.95) – C
You’re probably thinking that’s a bit excessive for shrimp. However, this bisque left us wondering what was it that made it go so well with the shrimp’s flavours. There was a hint of vodka, combined with tomato and cream that reminded me of a heavy pasta, but it didn’t sit like a creamy sauce, and rather tasted like a drizzle sauce on top. I’ve never had shrimp done EXACTLY this way, and I know I’ll be coming back for this dish. On the other hand, the fried oysters were not spectacular. In direct contrast with the crab cakes, I found the batter to be excessive and the oil to be a bit old. I’ll stick to raw oysters.
Scallop Galette with arugula greens ($16.95) – B
The third fried dish we had that night was a nice take on scallops, which I’m used to consuming without batter on top. It was nice and meaty, and not dinky small like most restaurants would give you. The salad was a nice touch, and didn’t feel like it was a filler that interfered with the scallops.
Banana crème brulée ($7.50) – C
Presentation was nice, but I kinda hoped for banana-INFUSED crème brulée, but instead it was simply crème brulée with bananas on top. The sugar was torched nicely, but that was pretty much its one good feature.
Belgian chocolate mousse ($7.50) – B+
I’m a sucker for mousse, and this was easily the better of the two desserts for me. It wasn’t milky chocolate mousse, but of a darker variety which appealed to my tastes. Presentation was quite good as well, but the flavours won me over.
Overall I was quite pleased, as I came for the oysters, and got some high-quality ones. I’ll definitely be back to try other items on their menu (particularly the cold items, we didn’t really dabble in those), so maybe look forward to a future entry on this place sometime ;).
While I’m on the topic of the future, stay tuned for the next series of posts. I recently returned from a weekend in Seattle, and yes, I do have a few food experiences I’d like to share with you all, which revolve around a singular theme: seafood. I think I consumed more seafood in that weekend than I do in a few months, not kidding. Anyway, to close this post off, here’s a picture of the interior from our table, which was on the second floor.