Fresh Off The Boat

Takeout seafood places are not thick on the ground in Toronto, so when Fresh Off The Boat opened, it was only a matter of time before I visited.

I ordered the soft-shell crab, and my dining partner ordered the halibut and chips. The halibut was perfectly cooked in a crunchy batter. His only complaint was the shortage of tartar sauce.

The soft-shell crab came deep-fried on a bun, with a flavourful mayo-based sauce. The soft-shell crab had a mild enough flavour that between the sweet bun, the sauce, and the spiced batter, it was hard to spot. The texture was perfect, though, neither too chewy nor too soft, and it certainly looked impressive in the box. Next time, I might try the FOB, a po-boy with catfish and kimchi.

For sides, I preferred the crunchy cole slaw over the fries, which were not much more than adequate.

All in all, not a negative experience, but not a great one. An extra star goes to the service, which was on point and friendly. We were in and out of there in less than 10 minutes, and with a smile on our faces.

★ ★ ★ .5

Fresh Off The Boat, 404 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario

Dined October 2014 – Only

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