Victoria is known as a seafood town thanks to its breathtaking location on the ocean.
You can’t swing a salmon without hitting a place that serves fish ‘n chips, chowder or amazing sushi. Raw oysters can be a little tougher to find, but now you can add another place for oysters and the first hint is right in the restaurant’s name.
Shuck Taylor’s opened about six weeks ago at the corner of Blanshard and Yates – first just for dinner but now also for lunches.
The menu is pretty much all seafood, all the time, except for a few items like double cheeseburgers, meatballs and desserts.
A place that has the word “shuck” in the title obviously starts off the menu with oysters, served with lemon, horseradish, chimichurri, spiced carrot and shallot mignonette. Types of oysters include Evening Cove, Hope Point, Sweet Reds, Fat Bastards, Sun Seekers, Kusshi and Kumamoto.
Other seafood types include caviar bumps and an octopus ceviche.
If you don’t like your seafood raw, there are cooked options aplenty, including fried oysters, oyster po boys, mussels and fries and Salish Sea steamers
Do you like lobster? Well, Shuck Taylor’s has a lobster roll, but it will cost you. The sandwich is $45 and comes with fries, slaw or a bag of chips. You can get it with drawn butter or with mayo and fresh herbs.
If you really want to go big, you can order the crab boil for two people that comes with a split crab, mussels, clams, sausage, potatoes, corn and prawns. You can also “pimp it up” by adding more crab, mussels and clams, or a pound of wild prawns.