Despite what the incredibly long name would suggest, Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street Bistro and Oyster Bar is a Cajun restaurant. A place like this would usually be out of our price range, but we used a thing called Winterlicious. This is a city sponsored program to bring clientele to the restaurant hot spots of Toronto. You make a reservation with one of the participating restaurants and when you get there they have a fixed price menu for you to pick from.
For me the menu choices was pretty much a no-brainer. But first let me show what the restaurant looks like.
Unlike most of the restaurants we visit which are either in an ethnic neighbourhood or around our area, this was downtown in what my mom told me was the “Entertainment District” (which I thought was closer to the beaches area).
We actually noticed a lot of details that we aren’t used to in other places because Big Daddy’s is much fancier than our usual choices. Don’t forget, my mom is really cheap. We were very excited by the cloth napkins and the paper doily under the teapot. I also noticed that the glasses were a bit fancier.
Even the bread and butter is fancier. Notice that the butter does not come in little plastic containers with peel off tinfoil.
Of the many things I like about this appetizer: the shrimp was very fresh tasting and not mushy. I also liked the nice light batter (not greasy) and the delicious dipping sauce.
The meat was the saviour of this dish. They were generous with the sizes of the pieces: the chicken was so tender that a man with no teeth could have eaten it. Big slices of andouille sausage was just plain delicious and was the only spice in the dish. Nice big pieces of shrimp but only one or two for each serving. But the sauce could have definitely used more flavour. I’ve never had Jambalaya before so I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like, but mom said this wasn’t it. It wasn’t horrible though, just quite tomato-y and not much else.
Long story short, this was excellent. I loved the chocolate sauce (I was scraping the plate to get it all), powered sugar and donut-like beignet itself. These would make for the perfect Sunday breakfast.
I’m not sure if I would like to eat here again. Mainly I would like to try some other Cajun restaurants and see how they compare.