Merchants Oyster Bar

Date Visited: December 20 2014
Address: 1590 Commercial Dr Vancouver
Website: http://www.merchantsoysterbar.ca/
Type of Restaurant: Seafood, wine bar, European, brunch
Price Range: $$$
Overall: 5.75/10
(1-4: will never come back, 5: pass (I’m okay with a tinier morsel), 6: acceptable, 7: okay, 8: good, 9: Wow! Please enlarge my morsel. 10: Perfection. I could eat a morsel of this every day!)
Will come back? No
What I ate:
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Joyce Oysters
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Lobster Benny – Butter Poached lobster, tarragon, poached eggs, hollandaise
  • 6/10
  • Could barely even taste the lobster and tarragon
  • The poached eggs were a tad overcooked
  • The hollandaise was not as thick as I would have enjoyed – not as luscious and thick as I would have hopped for and it was under seasoned
  • The biscuit on the bottom was horrible. It couldn’t hold any of the ingredients or soak up any of the hollandaise. It was also dry and extremely crumbly
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Pork Belly Benny – Confit belly, pickled carrot, poached eggs, hollandaise
  • 6/10
  • The pork belly was dry
  • Same critiques as the lobster benny
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Merchants BLT – house bacon, fried green tomato, shallot mayo, sole food greens salad
  • 5/10
  • The house bacon had an interesting and unenjoyable texture (kind of like chicken)
  • The fried green tomato was soggy and unappealing to look at
  • The sole food green salad helped to balance off the unappealing bread on the bottom
  • The bread soaked up so much oil that when I bit into it, oil busted out
  • An ill executed dish
Things to Improve on: Where do I even start – poaching of eggs, the hollandaise,
Summary: The service was great. The food was horrible. If you can’t do brunch properly how can I expect you to do dinner properly? The quality of the ingredients was good but the execution was really lacking. Avoid for brunch
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