Last week I met up with a few girlfriends for lunch at Rodney’s Oyster House on Hamilton Street in Yaletown. I’d never been there for anything but dinner before, but it’d been awhile and I was having an odd craving for oysters. Something that I keep meaning to try (and what I will aim for on my next visit) is their Low Tide specials from 3-6 PM Monday through Satudray, where they have oysters and other fresh seafood available for a low price.
On that day, I was the first one to arrive and chose to sit at a corner table in the upstairs area, overlooking the bar and dining room below.
The one thing to keep in mind is this is a great place to go if you’re looking for an upbeat and boisterous atmosphere. While it was quiet enough to talk about business over that particular lunch, there is still a high energy vibe throughout the restaurant at all times, and it can get quite rambunctious in the evening (or maybe it’s always just my group of friends that get that way).
Everyone else started to trickle in a few minutes later, and we placed our orders. Even though I knew it wasn’t exactly going to help my motivation for the afternoon, I went with one of their well-known Caesars to drink, called the Zydeco Stew. It comes with a large and juicy prawn on the rim, and freshly grated horseradish and some definite zing in terms of spice – probably the best one that I’ve had in Vancouver to date.
We ate a bit of the bread and butter served while waiting and asking a multitude of questions about the menu. I felt like we were playing a game of twenty questions with our server, but he seemed to have a good humour about it all. I think it may have helped that he got to talk to a table of four (not difficult to look at) girls to ease the pain and suffering.
Although I was having some difficulty determining what to have for my lunch, I went with the Fried Oysters and a side half salad. I’d just had a couple at Relish earlier in the week, and was yearning for more of the same. This mid-day meal order came with six of them, and a side of house made tartar sauce with a lemon wedge. This time around, although they were quite good, I did find them to be slightly overcooked to my liking.
Since I felt like balancing out the fried food with something more healthy, I ordered a half House Salad, which came with leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, and slices of cucumber with a light vinaigrette dressing. It was fairly refreshing, although nothing too exciting when it really comes down to it.
One of my girlfriends opted for a sampler of small raw oysters, and although I didn’t have one of them that day, I’ve had many delicious ones during all of my past visits. They are always fresh, and the Kusshi ones are my personal favourite. They’re served with plenty of fresh horseradish and lemon wedges, and there are trays with an abundant array of hot sauces that you can use to dress them to your liking.
Rodney’s has another location in Toronto, and also does catering for special events here in Vancouver. It’s a great place to go with friends for dinner for raw oysters and their signature Caesar.
If you’re not in a good mood before you go, you will be shortly after you’ve arrived.