Honest Weight, Toronto
John Bil, the oyster philosopher and selfless seafood promoter, has traveled the world shucking, sharing his vast knowledge of seafood and opening a variety of dining establishments as a consultant. His very own, brand new, beautifully compact lunch counter, Honest Weight, is on Dundas Street just west of The Junction in Toronto.
There he and his team retail and wholesale an array of the freshest seafood, the same fish/shellfish that his great staff whips up into a short, honest but very interesting menu…one that changes daily. You may rub shoulders with some of Toronto’s great chefs because they seem to be coming to check out and support the venture.
We started with a bowl of Ontario rabbit, white bean and clam soup then followed with a perfect okinomiyaki, the homespun Japanese pancake that is egg-rich and depends upon shredded cabbage and a great sweet/sour sauce (at left). John’s team filled it with shrimp and squid then topped it with house-smoked salmon. Spicy little neck clams were served with a perfectly seared fillet of black cod (a.k.a. sable fish) from B.C (above right). There’re usually steamed mussels and clams; some incarnation of oysters and often inventive dishes like smelts with frisee lettuce. They use only one bakery…the inimitable Forno Cultura and when Honest Weight is finally licensed (John’s currently in the process) they’ll be serving only Ontario wine and beers brewed at Niagara College Teaching Brewery! I brought home a few pounds of Salt Spring Island mussels that were plumper than any I’ve ever had.
Honest Weight is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Honest Weight est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Honest Weight directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
2766 A Dundas Street West,
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Y3