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Shucked oysters delivery coming soon to Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 21, 2014

oyster delivery torontoAfter 13 years, the tides are turning at Starfish, with the Adelaide oyster bar set for a major revamp this fall. In addition to the changes you might expect, like a new name (the Pearl Diver) and an overhauled atmosphere (think laid-back "oysterman's pub"), the new restaurant is working on features that should be some pretty tasty bait for the city's food fans.

Most notably, the restaurant will be partnering with bike delivery service Hurrier to offer freshly shucked oyster delivery, making them the first restaurant in the city to bring fresh bivalves right to your door.

If you opt to dine in-house, you'll be able to try their new menu of Asian-inspired seafood dishes, including lobster bao and seafood ramen, as well as more traditional surf-and-turf dishes and a new craft beer menu. Or visit the back room, where you can check out a selection of food-related books curated by Alison Fryer (of Yorkville's now-departed Cookbook Store).

For now, you can say goodbye to the Starfish as you once knew it; the restaurant is set to shut down August 30 and resurface in its new form in October.



kasual / August 21, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Delivered oysters? On a bike?

No. Thank. You.

Oysters should be shucked while you wait and then consumed immediately. Anyone who feels otherwise is welcome to their opinion and I wish them the best of luck with their consumption of shellfish. Maybe it's fine and it will show up fresh, don't know, don't care, psychologically I just cant get past that barrier.

You want oysters? Go to Oyster Boy or the like or hit up Hooked and get a knife and get to shucking.
Peter / August 21, 2014 at 06:22 pm
Obviously the first choice is to be there in person. But why not have the option to order in if it's done properly? Haters gonna hate, I suppose.
DJ_Tone / August 22, 2014 at 03:39 pm
I've eaten oysters live off a wild oyster bed at low tide, pretty "fresh" I'd say. And I've eaten them shucked from the farms in BC days after harvest. If they are properly chilled, not frozen, they are fine. Since I moved here from BC, I've missed getting shucked oysters. I'm glad to see it available. I hope the bikes have good coolers! There are lots of ways to eat them other than on the shell...
lm / November 1, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Oysters can be shucked and stored for quite some time under the right conditions so your phobia is unfounded.I have been a shucker for over 12 years and know Patrick will do a fantastic job with this service and there will be no casualties.
ShuckerPaddy / November 11, 2014 at 05:35 am
Hi folks, Patrick here. I've been doing take out Oysters for about 20 years now. If you want to take them home, it is easily done. Sure, we would love to have your shiny happy face in front of us at the bar, to chat and "shuck'n'tell" stories of where the Oysters came from. But I thought it would be fun to offer a different, way of enjoying the Ocean and best Zinc & Protein, Mother Nature has to offer.
Oysters are shucked to order, cap replaced on top, then arranged, and sealed in a vac-pack bag, the kind Chefs use in "Sous Vide" cooking. Nothing spills. I tested an afternoon of driving in my car - 3 hours - from shuck to eat - and the oysters were fine! Hurriers are a wee but faster than that.
Once delivered, (We will offer instructions with delivery) just cut open the bag, arrange Oysters on of plate of your choice, and serve your guests. You will be able to keep them in the fridge for a couple of hours, and if you want them super-icy cold - immerse the bag in an Ice Bath just before serving.
You can even pretend to shuck them with a butter knife - "rock star shucker-style" easy peasy.
Another option, of course, is to have the oysters Hurriered to you whole, unshucked and you open them yourself, but then you are taking all of my fun...we can even supply an Oyster Knife, and soon my ShuckerPaddy tray set from Swissmar, if you wanna get Shucking.
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