When a Mediterranean seafood restaurant has an adjoining seafood and fish shop next door, you know that you’re going to get fresh seafood. La Sirène de la Mer is a mix of traditional Mediterranean dishes with an emphasis on fish, seafood and a few Middle Eastern treats. Its white tablecloths and formal décor make it perfect for a corporate dinner or lunch, or a relaxed night out when you want a good meal in a quiet spot.
Their fish shop is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm, perfect if you need to pick up fish or seafood after work for dinner. As soon as we sat down, our waiter told us to go to the fish shop and choose amongst the varied fish and seafood and they could prepare it for us. La Sirène de la Mer has more to offer than their extensive menu, depending on what’s in season you can enjoy a variety of fish and seafood that you choose on the spot.
La Sirène de la Mer has a diverse menu with cold and hot appetizers with many traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as mousakhan, stuffed vine leaves and labneh. They also have a Table D’hôte menu for lunch on Monday to Friday that allows you one of their dishes from a special menu, a choice of the soup of the day or fattouche salad, and regular coffee or tea.
Our love of raw seafood and meat knows no bounds and though we did not order their salmon tartare, we opted for the kébbé nayeh which is a Middle Eastern dish of raw minced beef with onion, cracked wheat or bulgur and spices. A very generous portion, we loved this exceptional dish that was full of flavour. Do not expect a typical French beef tartare, kébbé nayeh is very different!
We ordered fattouche with our Kébbé Nayeh as they pair excellently together. The fattouche salad at La Sirène de la Mer was exceptional. Fresh tomato, lettuce, radish, mint, parsley, cucumber and shallots were tossed with crispy pita bread for a textural element. The salad dressing was made up of lemon juice, olive oil, sumac and a hint of garlic. The vegetables were fresh and it was the perfect light accompaniment to the raw minced beef.
We were also brought fresh pita, crispy pita, green olives, pickled hot peppers and turnips as an amuse bouche. When we saw all the fresh pita we knew we had to order hummus or some sort of dip to enjoy the delicious pita. We veered away from the more traditional Mediterranean dips and we opted for the eggplant salad which was prepared in a dip-like fashion.
Grilled eggplant is mixed with parsley, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil to create a cross between a salad and a dip. Tomatoes and green onions rest on top of the eggplant mixture. This refreshing Mediterranean salad is perfect with seafood, is very lemony, and we enjoyed it very much.
We were intrigued by La Sirène de la Mer’s offer of a dozen oysters for 18$, though we weren’t there on a Wednesday. Quite a deal that you will get good quality oysters since they sell oysters in their fish shop. That is the key to offering the freshest seafood, La Sirène de la Mer is their own seafood provider.
We chose the regular sized portion of shrimps that came with the option of having them grilled, sautéed or fried. We ordered the La Sirène de la Mer option, but there is also the sumac option, for some more of that Middle Eastern influence. The shrimp were full of flavour, grilled, light and they came with a light green salad on the side.
Known for their whole fish, we were getting very full on all the delicious seafood, so we didn’t have room for an entire fish. We will definitely order one on our next visit! Our last seafood dish was the La Sirène Grilled Octopus, prepared a touch sweeter than their regular grilled octopus. You can choose amongst both octopus options. The La Sirène Grilled Octopus was a dish of tender grilled octopus was cut up into a warm salad of sorts with onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices, dill and capers. We were recommended this dish by our waiter and it was very Mediterranean and fresh.
One dish that we kept seeing other tables order was the whole lobster. It is lobster season after all! Cooked perfectly, with melted butter, lemon and another light green salad, seeing this lobster demonstrated why you should know where your restaurant gets its fish and seafood. Quality is everything! It truly makes the difference.
Our Rating: Splendid
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