405-1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 609-0080 (No website.)
Visited April 30, 2007 – Dinner
Located in the hip and happening Yaletown, Rodney’s is a two-story place with some bar seating. Oysters are on display and most of the food (save for the fried food) is cooked or prepared in the open kitchen/oyster bar. The soups are “steamed” to order. It’s a casual spot where beer seems to be the norm but there are some nice surprises on the wine list (according to our waiter the more expensive wines like the one we chose, are rarely ordered.)
Oysters are what you come for and they do not disappoint. Our instructions are simple – go raw! Tonight there were 7 varieties available: 6 premium types for about $3 with one other for $1.50 each. We liked the irony-tasting Euro-style. All we tried were fresh and shucked to order. This is a great place to go for raw oysters in Vancouver.
The steamed clams and mussels were also being enjoyed at other tables and when we return we would try those. Our beer was great – Tree Brewing company’s Amber Ale (Thirsty Beaver?) is worth seeking out as an accompaniment to casual fare like this.
Overall, we enjoyed Rodney’s and would recommend it to others and happily go back ourselves. It is probably a very busy spot at peak times, and although our attempt to make reservations was met with surprise, I have been informed that they do take reservations for the upstairs seating.
A note on service: This is a casual spot and the staff we encountered were young, inexperienced and had a "distinctive attitude," so if that doesn’t dissuade you, you should have a good time. Don’t go expecting very good or quick service.
New England Clam Chowder
Heavy cream-style. Would have liked to have seen larger pieces of clams and maybe even a garnish of a couple of freshly steamed clams (since they were on the menu).
Oyster Slap Jack
Four large oysters steamed with potato leek soup and quite a bit of butter. Good. But on the cream heavy side and thereby very rich.
A completely unexpected salad experience (for a restaurant which specialized in raw oysters). A nice variety of mixed lettuces and fresh fresh fresh and clean leaves. The dressing was light and well balanced. Well done! Recommended.
Good. Crispy panko/cornmeal style breading. Tartar sauce was okay, but not much to mention. Oysters were the large BBQ type and meaty. Nice presentation - each was served on a oyster shell half. Not my style, and I would not order these again.
Wine: 2005 Pascal Jolivet Sancerrea minerally but slightly rich sauvignon blanc which paired well with all we had, although it was a bit short in the personality department. Still, it's the best choice on the wine list. Note: crummy stemware (tumblers).
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