My friend and I went to John and Sons Oyster House (56 Temperance Street) for a long awaited catch-up lunch this past Friday. This seafood restaurant has two locations and we visited the apparently lesser-known one in the Financial District. We had arrived with the intention of doing Winterlicious here but soon found out only the uptown location was partaking in the event. :( The reservation I had made online, we were told, was thus thrown out. The hostess apologized. My friend and I were kind of peeved at not at least getting some kind of notification of our reservation getting canceled, but decided to sit at the bar anyway and see what the menu had to offer.
The restaurant is fairly casual and clearly a favourite spot for a lot of business people in the area. We were the first people there at noon and the place got very busy very fast.
We shared three dishes:
Indian spiced butter, bhaji crisps
I enjoyed these! It’s been a long time since I’ve had oysters and I had never had them with baked with Indian spices before. I really liked the flavour.
FISH & CHIPS
Creemore-battered Nova Scotia wild caught haddock, frites, slaw
This was good – not particularly remarkable, but not bad.
Claws and tails, lobster béchamel, yukon gold frites, bromont white cheddar cheese curd
My first ever lobster poutine! DELICIOUS, and incredibly rich and filling. This dish isn’t offered in their Winterlicious menu at all and my friend was intent on ordering it before we had even sat down. There were generous amounts of lobster cream and cheese – we had a difficult time finishing it between just the two of us.
We ended up spending a little bit more than we originally thought we would for a Winterlicious lunch here ($20), but I’m glad we tried the lobster poutine which had been the standout for me. The servers were very friendly and understandably a little rushed as the place filled up with more and more people.