I’ve seen this white door a few times and even came in to see the menu and ask for the wait time once but it never seemed to work out for us (me and the door) though it looked inviting and it smelled sooo good behind it…
Every time I passed this place it was packed and last Saturday was no exception, we put our names on the list and came back half an hour later. We spent that half hour walking along Hamilton street which is full with restaurants (including the very nice, a return visit demanding Blue Water Cafe) drooling on half the menus displayed outside – gotta know your city…
Got a bottle of wine and while contemplating the menu observed the guy shucking the oysters behind the bar – he was filling one plate after the other after the next. We tried some fried Oysters on the islands (San Juan islands, WA) this summer and they smelled foul and I couldn’t make myself eat those, the same applied to my husband. We were sitting at the bar and my curiosity overpowered me – I asked for one Oyster. The guy working there took my request as seriously as he could, he made me a special little plate with crushed ice and all the garnishes, he personally poured some red wine vinegar and lemon juice on it and even some fresh grated horseradish – yum! It was a small Oyster from the sea of Cortez and I loved it! Another half a dozen or varied Oysters followed the first one; those were already accompanied by a full tray of different sauces -so I can try- including a pepper infused vodka which I thought went really well with the Oysters.
Rodney’s also offers a very nice, small, menu with chowders, mussels, shrimp, fish, salads, pasta, live crab and lobster as well as a daily special – on Sat it was a seared tuna with some Asian influences. We had the delicious Scallop Galette – pan fried, potato crusted (can’t go wrong here!!!) scallops with plum sauce and salad greens as well as some Crab cakes also served with a salad and spicy Chili sauce.
The evening was declared a success!
Address: 1228 Hamilton str.
Tel: 604-609 0080
WWW: http://www.rodneysoysterhouse.com I don’t know why but on the website it shows Toronto as the only location (maybe there are two of them, or maybe they relocated…?) and the menu is different from the one here in Vancouver.