|217 Ossington Avenue Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8|
Service: 2 . 75 / 4
Ambiance: 3 / 4
Food: 2.8 / 4
Fishbar is the newest kid on the Ossington strip. This trendy restaurant has many small tables placed so close to eatch other that you can't help but hear every conversation except your own. Fishbar offers shareable tapas-style ocean-wise seafood. Everything on the menu sounded great; it was hard to decide what to order. However, not all he dishes were as good as they appeared. Also, the portion sizes are a bit small and the prices are bit steep, so don't get carried away when ordering.
We starred off with the PEEL N' EAT SHRIMP. The fresh sweet shrimp were accompanied by homemade cocktail sauce and lemon. The cocktail sauce was missing some heat, a little more horseradish would have gone a long way.
Next, came the dish I was looking most forward to: the TUNA TATAKI. The seared tuna was rolled around scallions and enoki mushrooms, and placed atop swirls of tamari peanut sauce. The tuna was well seasoned and went perfectly with the enoki and peanut sauce. Mmmm!
The FRIED CALAMARI was coated in a thick panko crust so thick it was actually hard to find the squid. It was served along side a creamy sriracha aioli. Overall, the dish was a little disappointing.
We shared the GRILLED SPICY WILD SHRIMP. They were nicely grilled and served with fresh cilantro, scallions, lime wedges and jalapeño peppers. Despite the fresh ingredients in the dish,there really were no bold flavours, all the items were fresh but unseasoned. The plate needed some sauce to link all of the ingredients together.
Last, came THE GRILLED SPANISH OCTOPUS, with toasted pine nuts, and balsamic tomato concasse. The toppings were really tasty, but the octopus itself had no flavour and no visible char lines.
Would we go back? Ummm not in any rush
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