As a staunch supporter of Ocean Wise, I was delighted to be invited to attend a media event for the announcement of the first ever Chinese restaurant to become part of their program. Arriving at the Original Chongqing Restaurant on West Broadway, we were greeted by three Buddhas, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil! Very cute and welcoming. Oh look what we have in-store for this afternoon! Oyster shooters? Yay - and calamari is sure to please! Check out all the yummy looking Peony Pastry with Lotus Paste? So pretty, almost too pretty to eat. I didn't really get the ginger garnish though. Here is a shot of the Mussels in a Szechuan Boullaibasse. The spicy chilies were abundant and gave the mussels an amazing kick. If you don't like the heat, stay away, but if you like your food with a punch, this is the dish for you. So it looks like there will be a demonstration of sorts. Would the Executive Chef Robert Wong be showing us how to filet something? Here is a beautiful piece of fish that is ocean wise and delectable.But my favourite of the event was the Sablefish in a Spicy Chili Sauce. I loved the crispy skin and the buttery flesh. I ate about four of these. But the heat does catch up with you after a bit, so I had to regrettably stop. But just in time, the servers came around with some Spicy Rock Salt Calamari. Although this did have a bit of heat, they were much milder than the sablefish. The crust is nice and light, and the calamari was cooked to a nice bounciness.
With a few deft moves of his knife, the Chef portioned out these perfect filets. What a massive display of Oyster Shooters? These were like an army of them. Because they had sat out for a while, coaxing them out of the glasses was a little difficult, but once you did, you were rewarded with a lemony cocktail sauce and a fresh oyster.
It's so easy to support a cause as worthy as Ocean Wise. Once you get accept that Shark's Fin is not the best choice, it's easy to choose to support other options such as Sablefish and Oysters.
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