Restaurant review: Harbour Oyster + Bar

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While stopping on Commercial Drive, intending to go for pizza, we happened across Harbour Oyster & Bar, and decided to go for seafood instead.

This is a small place with an long bar and an fairly extensive drink menu, but we were here for the food. The menu is focused on small plates of shellfish and seafood, including freshly shucked oysters.

We started with a caesar salad.

This is a classic caesar salad of romaine leaves, dressed caesar dressing (olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, anchovies), topped with grated parmesan cheese, croutons, and accompanied by a lemon wedge. This salad exceeded expectations. It’s a well made salad, with crisp fresh romaine, and a house-made salad dressing. I could taste the anchovies and the lemon juice. The crotons were crisp, and the seasonings were spot-on.

This was followed by Cajun Prawns.

This is an appetizer sized serving of medium sized prawns, sauteed in garlic butter and seasoned with cajun spices, and drizzled with lemon juice. The prawns were properly cooked, and the cajun seasonings were bold and assertive.

And finally we had the fried oysters

These are freshly shucked medium sized oysters, dipped in beer batter, and fried to a light crisp, topped with a corn & tomato salsa, and a chimichurri aioli. This was probably my favorite dish of the meal. The oysters were fresh and briny. The deep fried batter was light and very crisp, and the seasonings were just right. The chimichurri aioli added some herbaceous notes to the dish. This dish alone, is worth a repeat visit.

The room has the look of a bar/pub with a long bar counter and high tables with barstool seating.  It was bright but somewhat compact.  Given the public health officers safety protocols, the tables and seating were fairly spaced out, but I could imagine this place in pre- or post- pandemic times, being packed and very cramped.

The servers were polite, courteous, and efficient.

The restaurant seemed to observing all the public safety guidelines, including masks for the staff, table spacing, limited capacity, contact phone numbers, and hand santizers.

Restaurant website

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