A mutual friend of Fannypack’s and mine was visiting from out of town and Fannypack had the task of choosing a place for dinner. She then of course passed it on to me even though lately she’s been eating out way more often than I =P.
Upon googling I came up with Merchant’s Oyster Bar which is located on “The Drive” (Commercial Drive). What drawn me to this restaurant was its high rating on Urbanspoon plus the affordable $29 Prix Fixe menu. I later learned that this establishment is from the same owner as Cork & Fin.
Merchant’s Oyster Bar has a great nautical theme going on and I especially loved the rope embellishments right on top of the bar. It’s also a very small restaurant and apparently the largest party size they can accommodate is 6.
Between the whole group we were able to try most of everything I would’ve wanted to try here. I of course went with the prix fix menu. For the first course I picked the Freshly Shucked Oysters served with a Champagne Mignonette and fresh grated horseradish. Three different oysters were served but unfortunately, aside from the usual kusshi oysters, I couldn’t catch the name of the other two due to the high level of noisiness in the small restaurant, more on that later.
However it was no matter to my unrefined oyster tasting palette 😉 All three tasted great and fresh to me. One in particular though (not the kusshi) had a more defined alkaline lingering on the tongue afterwards, and that was my favorite part.
Fannypack and I also ordered the two bone portion of the Roast Bone Marrow ($13) served with the usual baguette slices, parsley and tomato salad.
I must say the amount of marrow served was not enough to even cover the two slices of baguette each. Not even to thinly coat, and to actually taste the marrow goodness you can’t really thinly coat the baguette or else all you’ll taste is baguette. So in the end it was only enough to cover half of each slice or one slice total each.
But whatever I was able to taste, tasted divine. It was buttery and satiating. I’ve tried recreating this at home before, without having tried it at a restaurant. Now that I have, I think I’ll attempt it again.
The subtle acidity of the parsley salad as a palette cleanser balanced out the fatty richness of the marrow. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed the parsley salad as parsley is probably one of my least favorite herbs.
Anyway Fannypack and I tried to quickly finish up this course as the others had to wait until we finished this extra helping until their second course arrived.