Claddach Oyster House, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island.

October 2015.

Our PEI friends suggested we meet here, one of many spots in town offering the region’s famous seafood. It’s a pub, with the sports bar upstairs and less raucous dining room below. We approach the handsome brick building along one of the many sandblasted old-building streets in this small traditional town. Service was friendly and professional by a brisk pretty girl with complete knowledge of the menu.

We started with a half-dozen oysters, all local and all different, labelled on the plate. They were delicious and I tended to opt for the tomato and horseradish sauce with a little squeeze of lemon rather than the mignonette also provided. Next we shared tempura shrimp although the giant prawns wouldn’t go by that name where we come from. Chewy but full of flavour and crisp on the outside. That was followed by a marinated raw salmon which was a crude soy-intense Asian number but tender.

Moving upstairs to catch the last couple of innings of an important Bluejays ballgame, we finished with a white chocolate bread pudding that was gorgeously sweet.

Our friends made a good choice. Among the many lobster and oyster joints in this burg we would happily return to this one with its clean, cheerful, unaffected atmosphere and delicious straightforward seafood.

Food 8.5, ambience 7.7, service 8.1, value 8.4.

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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