Introducing: The Chase Fish and Oyster, a new Hamptons-style seafood bar in the historic Dineen building
Name: The Chase Fish and Oyster
Contact Info: 10 Temperance St., thechasetoronto.com, 647-348-7000, @TheChaseTO
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Owner: Steven Salm, the former general manager of upscale steakhouse e11even
Executive Chef: Michael Steh, who used to be the executive chef at Reds
Chef de Cuisine: Nigel Finley, former executive chef at Catch
The Food: Oysters and other raw seafood, plus po’ boys, lobster rolls and chowder. Non-pescatarian options include burgers, steak, lamb chops and fried chicken.
The Drink: Cocktails, beers and 22 wines by the glass.
The Place: A big, breezy room decorated in nautical blues and whites with boat sails tethered to the rafters. The textiles are Ralph Lauren, as are the servers’ jeans and preppy white button-downs. The front patio seats 40.
• 3,500 square feet
• $185 to add a caviar supplement to the smoked sturgeon on toast
• 22 wines by the glass, selected by lauded sommelier Anton Potvin
• 6 special seafood sauces served in miniature glass jars, including roasted shellfish aioli and rhubarb-lime mignonette
• 1 original 19th-century J.J. Taylor safe built into the restaurant’s wall