Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Fish House (Toronto - Markham)

R. and I spent a little over a week in Toronto right before Christmas.  It was an eventful trip during which we attended my parents' anniversary party and a friend's wedding, but we managed to squeeze in some really good food as well.

On our first night back, we went out to dinner with my parents.  We ended up at The Fish House, a restaurant that none of us had ever been to, because R. wanted "cooked fish."  The Fish House has a huge space but was rather quiet on this Saturday evening.  Which is surprising, because the food was excellent, so much so that my parents had plotted a return trip even before we paid the check.

The selection on The Fish House's menu is substantial which made a decision not easy to make. Unlike many of the popular chef-driven restaurants with carefully designed dishes that often do not allow substitutions, one can have fish prepared in a number of ways - lemon peppered, broiled, blackened, jerked, name it.  In addition to the large variety of fish available, one can also find lobsters, crab, oysters, mussels...even tacos, burgers, and steaks.  This is the type of restaurant that will please even the most picky eaters.  (Unless said "picky" eater is vegetarian.)

To make matters even more difficult, in addition to the regular dinner menu, there was also a "crusted fresh fish" menu, with a number of mouthwatering options.  It is from this menu that I chose the Chili Coconut Crusted Tilapia served with steamed spinach & roast beets and finished with honey-lime drizzle. R. and my mom both picked the Sweet Potato Crusted Tilapia, drizzled with sweet basil aioli and served on Greek salad. I think my dad was contemplating ordering steak, but I managed to convince him of the obvious fact that The Fish House's specialty is most likely fish, not steak.  He ended up going with a crusted fish platter, with macadamia crusted tilapia, crab crusted rainbow, and chili-coconut crusted cod.

Chili Coconut Crusted Tilapia at The Fish House (Toronto - Markham)
Chili Coconut Crusted Tilapia ($17.99)

Sweet Potato Crusted Tilapia (Toronto - Markham)
Sweet Potato Crusted Tilapia (17.99)

We also shared a crunchy Cajun Alligator appetizer served with a chili dill sauce, and a Pina Colada Cheesecake for dessert.

Cajun Alligator at The Fish House (Toronto - Markham)
Cajun Alligator ($9.99)

Cheesecake at The Fish House (Toronto - Markham)
Pina Colada Cheesecake ($6.99)

As I noted, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.  Everything was perfectly cooked and flavorful, and the service was good.  Despite my tendency to plan every moment of every day, this wasn't a restaurant I had intended to visit on this trip, but I'm glad R.'s pickiness got us here.

Restaurant info:
The Fish House
7501 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 2W1
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