Barbie and I checked out Rodney’s Oyster House for happy hour. The Calgary location is more upscale than Rodney’s locations in Vancouver. Judging from the exterior, I was surprised to find the restaurant was so spacious. I liked the use of white in the decor, the high ceilings and the ‘catch’ of netted lights in the middle of the room. For this post, let’s listen to I was Made for Lovin’ You by Kiss, a song I overheard while dining here.
Happy hour runs from Monday to Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For $15 bucks, you get half a dozen oysters and an alcoholic beverage. You can choose from a select vodka cocktail, draft beer, prosecco, red, rosé or white wine. Drink specials include the above drinks for $5 and breaded scallop sliders ($15), fish tacos ($12) and calamari ($10).
I could hear our server pop a fresh bottle of bubbly (NV Vaporetto – DOC Brut Prosecco) for us. Yay! A pet peeve of mine is getting the tail end of a bottle. Our flute was filled to the top. Another yay! It really irks me when I order bubbly and my flute arrives half empty.
The tray of condiments ranged from sweet to heat. The best of the bunch was the Seawitch, a tangy, sweet tomato sauce. I’m not normally a fan of cocktail sauce but Rodney’s version was so good it converted me.
The oyster featured for happy hour was Sex on the Bay (New Brunswick). This little oyster was smooth and silky, a little briny with a clean finish. Cold and delicious. The horseradish was fresh.
We ended up leaving early in order to beat the snow fall warning in effect. I instantly regretted our decision when I saw another table order the sliders, tacos and calamari. From what I can see, Rodney does not cheap out for happy hour. Oh well, that just means we have to return soon. Hitting the Sauce gives Rodney’s happy hour oysters and prosecco two fat thumbs up.