#86 Starfish


In a perfect world I would eat raw oysters every day, shucked by the charming and voluble Patrick McMurray, who stocks oysters from the Maritimes, B.C. and the U.K. Sweet little Malpeques from P.E.I., marvellous mid-sizes from the coast of Ireland, briny beauties from Nova Scotia… Purists belly up to the bar and make a meal of raw bivalves. Patrick’s raw oysters with a trio of clever sauces are impeccable, as are the raw clams. The sexy sweetness or raw shellfish is alive at Starfish. And for an oyster bar, they do a surprisingly good job on the cooked food too. Even the whole lobster is respected here, cooked only till the claws are barely firm.

  • Starfish
  • 100 Adelaide St. E., Toronto (map)
  • 416-366-7827
  • www.starfishoysterbed.com

  • Chef: Patrick McMurray
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Cost of dinner for two: $70
  • Hours: Sun. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. to Thurs. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. to Sat. 12 p.m. to late
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 50
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $20
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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