Expect the unexpected at The Whalesbone Oyster House
Despite being loud, crowded and slow, I (along with every foodie in Ottawa) have fallen completely in love with this Bank St. seafood dive. The atmosphere is perfect for a casual Friday night (I made the mistake of assuming this was a fancy restaurant and showed up way too overdressed) with its crowded seating, brick walls covered in fisherman decor and unending oyster shucking. The menu which features fresh fish, lobster and shellfish dishes changes daily based on seafood availability but if oysters are your game, you’ll have them shucked before your eyes and served with a tasty assortment of hot sauces and condiments. The generous portions make up for the high prices so I would suggest sharing an appetizer and an entrée with your date. The cold shellfish platter consisting of fried whole clams, muscles and smoked oysters is beautifully flavoured with pickled onions, creamy rich tartare and chives. For your main, go big or go home by treating yourself to the ultra creamy lobster risotto if available…(perfectly cooked lobster tail meat laid on top of heaven). Sigh, if only I had room for the mason jar layered banana cream pie or sugar dusted homemade churros with chocolate sauce….
Location: 430 Bank Street