Diana's Oyster Bar
2105 Lawrence Ave E
I've been dying to go to Diana's s Oyster Bar for quite sometime now so I made Viv, Jason and Philip go with me. We decided to go a little earlier since they don't take reservations on the weekends. Luckily Philip got there incredibly early and started waiting for a table (30 minutes) . As soon as the rest of us got there, we sat down right away! (Thanks for waiting Philip!)
It's a tiny restaurant with probably only 50 seats and another 20 for the enclosed patio. The first thing you see when you walk in is the oyster bar filled with tons of different varieties of oysters.
Simple, airy, refreshing decor.
Instead of getting our own separate entrees we just a bunch of appetizers to share.
We started off with a dozen oysters (Kumomoto, Fanny Bay and Fat Bastard) and half a dozen cherry stone clams. They were some of the freshest oysters I've ever had! I wasn't a big fan of the clams but they were still really good, a much firmer texture compared to the oysters. Diana's has an incredibly large selection of oysters but given they started off as a seafood market, I wouldn't except anything less.
I love crab cakes and I always tend to get them when I see them on a menu. This one was pan-fried and packed full of crab, served with spicy smoked paprika aioli and baby arugula in a lemon vinaigrette. So-freaking-good! I swear I could have eaten 10 by myself.
We also got the Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio, sashimi grade tuna thinly sliced, served with honey, maple and soy glaze, toasted sesame seeds, toasted slivered almonds, chili oil and baby greens. This was just alright, the tuna was fresh but the flavours didn't wow me.
In-House Hickory Cold Smoked Salmon which was served with grated egg, pickled red onion, capers, lemon horseradish cream and crostini. Absolutely delicious, the salmon wasn't overly smokey, fresh and when eaten with everything else it was like heaven! It only came with three pieces and it left me wanting more!
Last but not least we got the Grilled Seafood Platter for Two, $52, it came with Shrimp Cocktail, Mussels, Grilled Calamari, Grilled Octopus & Grilled Scallops. I can honestly say the grilled scallops were the best scallops I've ever had, perfectly cooked and super sweet. The grilled octopus was super tender and the shrimp were huge!
If you're a seafood lover and willing to splurge a little, definitely check out Diana's Oyster Bar. Can't wait for my next trip!