Posted on August 18, 2011
The Oyster Bar
Not since childhood camping trips to Hornby Island had I slurped on a raw oyster, so on my recent trip to Victoria, I grabbed a girlfriend and headed to The Oyster Bar at Pescatores.
Taking our seats on the sun-drenched patio near the Inner Harbour, Sarah and I started with an assortment of oysters harvested from Vancouver Island and Cortes Island. Surprising to me was learning that, much like the different grapes that create varietals of wine, oysters too come in different shapes, shells, flavours and finishes.
Our oyster platter was accompanied by a number of condiments including classic mignonette, cucumber mignonette, soy lime mignonette and freshly grated horseradish. While the oysters are phenomenal on their own, adding a mignonette and a spritz of lemon juice can enhance the flavour notes of the oyster.
Sarah and I both opted for the French 75 cocktail – a crisp way to wash down the oysters.
Like any great oyster-serving establishment, The Oyster Bar hosts a daily “Buck-A-Shuck” between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Getting there early is key! This place fills up fast…
Our appetites nowhere near to being satisfied, we ordered the fish tacos. Served with a house-made salsa verde infused with jalapeño peppers, these fish tacos were – without question – the very best I’ve ever eaten. Considering that I’ve indulged in my love of fish tacos from Mexico to Tofino, that’s saying a lot!
After that, the plates and cocktails kept rolling out. Indulging in both the sashimi tuna with avocado salad and a plate of local cheese, I think it was safe to say we’d reached our limit. Always looking to try something new, we opted for the Blushing Oyster cocktail with our salads.
Look who else joined us for lunch! Not only was Jordy welcomed on the patio (and not just tied up on the sidewalk), but our server also graciously brought a bowl of water for Lil’ J to sip on in between his naps under my chair.
Wrapping up our incredible and lounging lunch with a classic mojito, our only regret was that we didn’t have room for more. Between impeccable and informative staff, a relaxing dining ambiance and food that left you wanting more, The Oyster Bar is one of those rare culinary experiences that you can’t wait to tell your friends about.
Open seven days a week, The Oyster Bar serves up tantalizing specials all week – including $10 Eggs Benny on Sundays and Taco & Tequila Tuesdays. You can find them at 614 Humboldt Street in downtown Victoria or on the web at The Oyster Bar. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their Facebook page while you’re at it!
Disclosure: cmp.ly/2 (I was not paid or expected to write this post but we did receive our meal courtesy of The Oyster Bar.)