The real reason that we went was for the oysters, of course and boy, they did not disappoint! Everyday from 5 - 6:30pm, and then from 9 pm til close, Merchant's has Buck-a-Shuck oysters. The choices that day were Kumamoto, Chefs Creek, Joyce Point, and Gorge Inlet.
We tried one of each and then decided to order more of the Kumamoto and Chefs Creek. Although on the smaller side, I favoured the Kumamoto as they was meaty and slightly on the sweet side. The Chefs Creek was a medium size with a mild taste and a hint of saltiness. The Joyce Point oysters were definitely a hefty oyster, and I found them to be slightly salty, while the Gorge Inlet oysters appeared to have a bit more of an ocean aftertaste. All the oysters came with topping options of Tabasco or Louisiana Hot Sauce, lemon, freshly grated horseradish, and a red wine vinegar mignonette.
Our table also shared the Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes as an appetizer. These cream smothered potatoes were soft enough to almost melt in your mouth, yet firm enough around the edges to hold the potatoes together. The baked parmesan on top added a hidden bite of texture and saltiness. A hint of onion added a sweet surprise.
For my main course, I had the House Pappardelle which consisted of long, wide flat noodles and oyster mushrooms, coated with the perfect amount of cream sauce. When presented, it comes with a single egg yolk sitting in the middle of the dish which you break and blend into your pasta before eating.
Most of the entrée items on the dinner menu are in the $10-15 range. With that in mind, the proportions aren't huge, but they are filled with flavour. The restaurant also has a Brunch Menu and I'm already planning my next visit to try the Lobster Benedict.