If you're hankering for some good seafood, I definitely recommend Big Daddy's Crab Shack. It's located on King Street in downtown Toronto, and is one of the best places for fresh raw oysters. PN and I went last week for dinner, and we totally pigged out.
It can be quite hard to notice this restaurant since it's actually underground, and they only have this very simple sign outside. You can choose to eat outside on the top level in the warmer weather, but we opted to go indoors. It has a very jazzy/vintage feel to the place. Everything is made out of wood, and the tables are covered in red table cloths and photos/paintings were framed in gold. They also have cute blackboards that list the specials as well as the different kinds of raw oysters they have.
I had the seafood gumbo, and it was mehhh. A bit of spice to it, which was nice. There was only ONE oyster in it -_-. This was quite filling, as there was rice and crab in it as well. The clam chowder was eeeeeeexcellent. Extremely creamy and tons of little clams bursting with flavour.
These are pretty classic staples, nothing extraordinary. The shrimp were huge and perfectly cooked. The calamari was very fresh and tender, but the batter was kind of disappointing. The first time we had this, it was light and crispy, but this time it was kind of soggy. Both were served with classic seafood sauce.
The three sad little oysters on the left are from our first order.. I've had almost every kind of baked/steamed/cooked oysters, but I've never had them raw! PN despises them, but we were both pleasantly surprised by these. We asked the server to choose the types for us, and he served us Maritime oysters. They were salty and briny and the lemon was a nice touch. We were so pleased we ordered the Chef's special, which is a dozen oysters. They come with a tray of special house sauces, but I preferred them with the lemon. Just one question... are you supposed to chew them, or just swallow? LOL
The presentation of this was so UGLY, LOL. The first time we ordered this a year ago, it came in a cute black pot, but now it's just served on a plain ol' plate. It comes with king crab, shrimp, crawfish, mussels, red skin potatoes, sausage, and corn on the cob. The mussels were the only thing that was lacking.. They tasted completely of onions, blargh. This comes with a little pot of garlic butter that is heated by a candle.
The mud pie was nothing special, I definitely wouldn't order it again. The cake or 'pie' or whatnot was HARD like a mother, but the marshmallow topping was really good and not too overly sweet. The apple ginger crumble was quite good. The ginger was a strong taste, but a good complement to the apple. The baked apples were not as soft as I like them to be, but it's all about preference. The scoop of ice cream is vanilla flavoured. I iz drool all over the place.
Totally unrelated, but my makeup for the day. I totally forgot how to take photos of eye makeup, LOL. Flash, natural light, or a lamp? Zoom or no zoom? Any pointers?
Used: MAC pigment in 'Gold Mode' (all over lid)
MAC e/s in 'Espresso' (outer v)
MAC e/s in 'Wedge' (crease)
MAC e/s in 'Blanc Type' (highlight)
MUFE aqua eyes liner in '1L' and '14L' (top lash line, waterline)
ARDELL lashes in 'Scanties'
MAC l/s in 'Jest' (all over lips)
MAC l/s in 'Sunsational' (centre of lips)