Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill – Scarborough

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Diana’s Seafood Market located at Lawrence and Warden, has been a long time fixture in Scarborough. Although I have never been to Diana’s for seafood (we usually purchase our seafood at Asian supermarkets), it is a very popular and busy place. Diana’s also has a seafood restaurant on their same lot called Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill, which we visited for lunch yesterday on Good Friday. The reason we went to Diana’s yesterday was because I was craving fish and chips and had wanted to go to Duckworth’s. Since it was Good Friday, Duckworth’s wasn’t open and so I remembered Diana’s, and plus the menu looked good. I think this restaurant is fairly new as I only see reviews starting just a couple of years ago. I didn’t really know much about the restaurant (how pricy, or good, etc.) I have always wanted to give it a try.

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The driveway was packed and so we were a little nervous that the restaurant would be busy at lunchtime as well. We got inside and it turned out it was fairly empty. And to our surprise, it was really nice inside. Somehow I had the impression (and based on the plain exterior of the building), I thought the interior would be more casual and rugged.

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Myself and my niece ordered the Fish and Chips each, which was quite expensive at $17 each! It came with two small pieces of halibut, coleslaw, homemade potato wedges, and homemade tartar sauce. The coating on the fish was beer batter. I didn’t quite like the fish or the batter, although my sister and my niece seemed to love it. I guess I’m more used to the traditional fish batter that’s usually found and every day fish and chips places. This batter was more of a coating with lots of texture. I also didn’t find the halibut to taste that great (I found it flavourless and it was the breading that gave the fish the flavour). I also thought the texture of the fish was not of the freshest quality considering the price we paid for our meal… But then, Diana’s IS a seafood market… The potatoes were homemade and was the best part of the plate. I ate my coleslaw, I thought there was a strong olive oil taste to it. My sister and niece didn’t eat theirs, they thought it was too vinegary.

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Diana’s also had Lobster Roll on their menu! Which I thought was a pretty good price at $16 which came with a decent size lobster roll, clam chowder, and coleslaw. I tasted the lobster and it was pretty good. It was a cold lobster roll and they used some seasoning on it. I like that they did not mask the meat with too much mayonnaise. My sister thought the lobster wasn’t the freshest (it wasn’t plump, or meaty or fluffy), leading me to wonder if the lobster meat was packaged as well? I also thought the New England Clam Chowder was too thick (New England clam chowder should not be that thick). Still, I thought the Lobster Roll was a much better deal than the Fish And Chips!

We also ordered a dessert to share – Lemon Curd in Phyllo Pastry $8. It was basically a huge mound of tart lemon marmalade in a flaky thin shell. Was hard to eat all that marmalade once the flaky shell was gone.

So our meal without tip came to $72! Quite expensive for a lunch menu, I don’t think the price/quality ratio was too balanced. Maybe if the fish and chips was $5 cheaper would be more worth it. I’m not sure if I would come here again considering the price vs quality. Maybe if I ordered something different from the menu…?

Address: Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill – 2105 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON
http://www.dianasoysterbar.com

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