Last week, the Metro Ottawa’s (a local free commuter newspaper) former Urban Foodie and current “Lunch Rush” columnist, Shari Goodman, visited the Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster and Fish Supply (504 A Kent Street). Shari (@whisk_food_blog) is also a fellow Gold Medal Plates Ottawa food blogger. Her Whisk: A Food Blog is a favourite read for those of us at foodiePrints.
Shari’s Metro piece echoes our feelings about the Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster and Fish Supply that Chef Chalotte Langley of the Whalesbone Oyster House calls the “shop.”
Since the owners are conscious of the status of the fish stocks and the method of the harvest or catch, they source only fish that is Ocean-Wise certified and sustainable. You may pay a bit more… but you’ll feel better for it.
Now Shari’s limited real-estate in the Metro allows her but one photo. After Jenn and I interviewed Chef Langley for last week’s “Meet a Gold Medal Plates Ottawa Chef” Friday post, we visited the “shop” to take some shots of the garden she spearheaded in its parking lot.
Then, we decided to see if we could visit with Whalesbone’s catering chef, Kate Klenavic (@whalesbonecater), who we’ve still not seen without her “signature” toque. Chef Tracey Black of Epicuria Fine Food and Catering (@epicuriadotca) sent us a photo a while back of the toque-less chef at a National Art Gallery fundraiser. But, sadly, we just don’t frequent the Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster and Fish Supply often enough to see for ourselves.
Aside: We however did follow Chef Klenavic’s exploits as she vacationed in San Francisco. Her travel food blog was an epic culinary tour, only a chef could write.
Sadly, Chef Klenavic was offsite at an event. But, we did shoot enough photos for a walkthrough.
There are blackboards that list the regular menu and specials.
There is the counter, behind which is the walk-in fridge where the sustainable fin and shell-fish are displayed.
There is the cash and till with the specials black board
Of course, fans can buy logo’ed Whalesbone gear
Brown Bag Lunch
The “shop”, however, is best known to local foodies for their brown bag lunch, one of Ottawa Magazine’s 101 Tastes To Try Before You Die (original published in its September 2009 issue). Shari had the salmon cake sandwich. We’ve had the “perch dog” and “hot smoked salmon” sandwiches before.
That day, I ordered what Chef Klenavic is calling the Whalesbone Oyster and Fish Supply’s “classic” ($8.00)
@whalesbonecater (Sep 16, 09:03 PM)
Oyster po’boy has become Whalesbone classic straight from Bishop!
Its two large oysters were thinly battered and freshly fried, crispy and savoury. They were accompanied by iceberg lettuce, garlic mayo, caramelized onions, and “mango hot sauce” on a crusty bun. The sandwich was very rich, almost decadent. Needless to say, it was delicious!
Was it worth it? Every penny!
The Whalesbone Sustainable Fish and Oyster Supply
504 A Kent Street, Ottawa
Tags: 101 Tastes to Try Before You Die, Centretown, oysters, walkthrough, Whalesbone Supply