Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fried oysters a good happy hour deal at @FannyBayOysters

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Not really one for seafood but my friend picked Fanny Bay Oyster Bar for happy hour early dinner. Checking on Yelp, another friend gave it a good review, so I was game.

Seating and table spacing felt kinda tight. Busy too for happy hour on a Saturday! Also, our server gave us a happy hour last-call warning, which was kinda nice.

Pot of mint tea ($3)
  • Looked innocent enough, and at $3 it's about on par with ordering hot tea at Starbucks. Hey look, it's Starbucks tea!
  • Teapot of hot water had what appeared to be (and what I hoped was) leftover tea leaves. No way they didn't see that when they poured in the hot water. FAIL.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - mint tea ($3)

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - inside my teapot before TAZO tea added

Fried Oysters ($7.50 happy hour pricing) Deep fried Fanny Bay Oysters, house made tartar sauce, cabbage coleslaw
  • Ordered this based on a friend's Yelp review, and price for value it's really decent! The sheer number of meaty oysters makes this more filling than a gourmet burger costing 50% more.
  • Very crispy on the outside without the batter being too thick.
  • Big 'n long like chicken wings.
  • Had some green gunk, which is probably the algae feed that hadn't fully flushed out of the oyster. Was worried that it would make the taste gross but it didn't, fortunately, and the dip could smother that flavour if you're worried.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - fried oysters

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - fried oysters

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - fried oysters

Geoduck ($18, not on happy hour menu) Sashimi style, watermelon brunoise, basil lemongrass ginger foam
  • On its own the geoduck had a strong sea-salty flavour and crunchy texture.
  • I found the sauce interesting with a mild minty-like buzz.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - geoduck

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - geoduck

Oyster Casino ($15, not on happy hour menu) bacon, jalapeno, roasted red pepper, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese
  • Baked.
  • Sounded interesting, looked less so, tasted even less so. Sort of tasted like nothing special to be honest.
  • You might want hot sauce with that to give it more flavour and help with the possible puddle of oil underneath (from bacon?)
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - Oyster Casino

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - Oyster Casino

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - Oyster Casino (inside)

Complimentary chips
  • A small tin cup of these were brought to our table to start.
  • Not oily on the hand but some looked and tasted oily.
  • Inconsistently salted.
  • Hey, it's free! Hard to complain because of that.
2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - oily chip

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - menu

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - menu

2016-Dec-3 Fanny Bay Oysters - two types of hot sauce you can ask for

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