Octopus at The Whalesbone Kent
The Whalesbone Kent
The Whalesbone Kent
The Whalesbone Kent
The Whalesbone Kent
The Whalesbone Kent
Sandwiches at The Whalesbone Kent
Foods from The Whalesbone Kent

2009 Aug 7
Just ate lunch here, and it was fantastic. Today they had a Bass on a Bun, a Halibut Cheek sandwich, and a smoked salmon sandwich on the menu.
$5.50 for the bass, $7.25 for the halibut, $8.50 for the smoked salmon, if I remember correctly.

I chose the smoked salmon and it was delicious. Big chunks of smoked salmon without an overpowering taste.

Just a takeout shop, although there are a couple of stools. Will definitely be back...often.

2009 Jun 1
We were there last Friday, and like Rachelle, succumbed to the lure of the smoked albacore tuna - very tasty indeed! We also picked up some frozen at sea albacore for future use, along with some BC spot prawns, sockeye salmon, and Pacific halibut. If you're into sustainable seafood (and if not, why not?), then this is the place to go for your fix. And those walleye burgers... mmmmmmm! Nice folks, too - what's not to like? Well, they're too far away from me (about 10-12 km), but you can't have everything...

2009 May 30
Today I picked up some halibut, sockeye salmon, smoked albacore tuna and 4 walleye burgers. We're building a new deck in our backyard, and what better way to feed 3 hard working men and myself but with a satisfying and absolutely delicious walleye burger with all the fixings. In addition to the lightly fried fish, were yummy fried onions, mayo and lettuce. Worth every penny of the $5.50 price tag. You will not get a better quality fish sandwich in Ottawa. I also shared a few pieces of my smoked tuna with the guys and it was fantastic. So fresh, smokey and buttery. If you do anything at all today, go buy some smoked albacore tuna from the Whalesbone. You won't regret it! Actually, they close at 2pm on Saturdays, so you'll have to wait until Monday. I was surprised at how busy they were when I arrived. About 8 people were waiting ahead of me for their sandwich, and another 6 arrived after. To make the wait for our freshly made sandwiches a little more exciting, they put on some tunes. Besides the fact that the sandwich alone is worth waiting for, it was a nice touch. I love having this store so close to my home. It makes eating really well, really easy.

2009 Apr 26
Really good fish sandwiches here for about $5. Amazing deal for the quality & freshness, this might cut into DiRienzo's claim as one of Ottawa's best places for sandwiches. Also picked up some fresh seafood - everything they have is top shelf, ultra fresh, and - obviously - sustainable. A little pricier than the grocery store, but worth it for the quality. Friendly service, too!

2009 Apr 24
We stopped by here today, and picked up some nice fresh west coast halibut, plus some frozen at sea albacore tuna and Alaskan sockeye salmon. Had a nice chat with the owner too, and gave him my spiel on why the Whalesbone restaurant should offer THTR wine service.

We also got a take-out smoked salmon sandwich and a walleye burger for lunch - both delish, and reasonably priced.

In a neat bit of synchronicity, on the way home we tuned in "Q" on CBC Radio One, where Jian Ghomeshi was interviewing chef Robert Clark of the C Restaurant in Vancouver. Clark is currently visiting Ottawa as part of the BC Scene events, and he is a strong advocate for sustainable seafood. Hope he gains a few more converts while he's here...

2009 Mar 14
Just had lunch at the Whalesbone retail outlet on Kent. They were offering a walleye burger and a smoked salmon sandwich. Both were fantastic. My husband's walleye burger was a panko-crusted walleye filet, with a delicious house-made tartar sauce, on a white roll. My smoked salmon sandwich was a large hunk of what seemed to be hot-smoked salmon, with the same tartar sauce and on the same roll. The salmon had a nice peppery crust on it. My sandwich also had capers, scallions and caramelized onions (my husbands, I believe, did as well) -- not sure if that was part of the tartar sauce or added separately. Either way, it was an excellent lunch and at $5.50 a sandwich, a great value. There are no seats inside so we sat on a bench by the bus stop across the street.

While we were there, we were able to pick up a fresh rainbow trout filet for dinner tonight. Lunch is 11-2 on Fridays and Saturdays only. We'll definitely be back next weekend!

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2009 Nov 11
I tried this place a few fridays ago and ordered the hogie (spelling???) which was deep fried oysters on a bun, and the fish chowder soup. TO be honest I didn't love either. I guess I am comparing the sandwich to a similar one I had in PEI. In contrast this was quite greasy and probably should not have had a creamy dressing (mayo?). It was really heavy, and I think if they tried a different bread like art-is-in it would definitely lift this to a new dimension. To top it off the chowder was overwhelmingly rich. Though I don't have a lot of experience with chowder I found this one was really creamy with a thin layer of grease on top and the fish didn't stand out very much, as well I tried but couldn't taste any herbs :(
I'm going to try again because I love what they are doing (I.e sustainable farming) and the people behind the counter were above and beyond friendly. great customer service!

2009 Aug 29
I found the halibut cheek to be an incredible value. It had a lobster texture to it. I also had a perch sandwich and loved it. The chowder was delicious, but under-seasoned.

2009 Aug 29
This halibut sandwich was very nice indeed. At a little over $7 it aint cheap compared to somewhere like Dirienzo Foods but it's much better value than Subway or Quiznos. And of course, it's made with sustainable seafood!

My quibbles: they used iceberg lettuce which doesn't add much of anything to the experience, and I found the spicy mayo to be an overpowering choice to accompany a fairly delicate fish. I was glad I didn't pick up a sandwich for my kids because they would have found it too spicy.

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2009 Aug 29
When you walk in to this shop, the first thing you notice is that there is no fish on display! Not even a price list.

To buy fish, you have to enter a walk-in fridge and look at beautiful piles of fishy products. Most have a hand-written paper sign indicating their price. The employees are more than willing to provide excellent advice, including how best to prepare any of the items.

I asked about the Black Cod and was told that they usually sell out by the end of Friday (I was there on Saturday). It arrives at the store on Wednesday, but they aren't open to the public until Friday.

[EDIT: They now seem to be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday.]

2009 Jun 27
They almost always have wild salmon, sablefish (black cod, butterfish), pickerel (walleye), and halibut these days. All of it is amazingly fresh and delicious. Had some of their smoked tuna today - mindblowing. It's so melt in your mouth good, got a good portion of it for under $10. The guys here are very helpful & nice, can't recommend them enough!


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2013 Mar 14
Was more focused on the rest of the birthday dinner (Lobster a l'Americaine, wild mushroom ancient grain risotto) so went simple for the Mesclun Salad with optional sliced smoked Octopus.

My vegetarian sister was unimpressed ;) I loved it and my Mom and brother liked the smoked octopus but the jury is still out with Dad but he is pretty conservative.

2013 Mar 13
From vague memory... each time was some combination of
red onion, green onion, jalapeno, bright colored peppers, grape tomatoes, mango, lime, cilantro.

It was different each time but the octopus gives it terrific smoky taste and really blends well w the rest of the ingredients.

2013 Mar 13

What did you add to the smoked Octopus for the ceviche?

Only had Octopus salad at restaurants and boiled Octopus at tapas bars in Spain where the owner / chef hacked off a tentacles from the Octopus sitting on / behind the counter and boiled it in water before slicing it. The Octopus is then sprinkled with olive oil and paprika and paired with a boiled potatoes.

2013 Mar 13
I've made ceviche with this thrice. It's brilliant.

2013 Mar 13
OMG. The smoked octopus is excellent. The portion in the photo was $10 and it would go over a salad nicely thinly sliced.