Visit Vancouver, the seafood capital of British Columbia
Posted on Tuesday 31 July 2012
in Holidays, Canada, Vancouver
By Dylan Thomas
Fresh seafood drives the cuisine of Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadian city is surrounded by water, and Kiwis who have a love for all things seafood will thoroughly enjoy a seaside culinary tour of this coastal town. This summer or early fall, travellers can plan Vancouver holidays and embark on the ultimate foodie tour of the bustling waterfront region.
Go Fish for tonight's exquisite entree
First, Kiwis can head to Fisherman's Wharf, where they might even watch seamen catch the shrimp that they're about to order as part of their meal. Situated on Granville Island, the establishment boasts an impressive selection of fish, including crispy fried cod, salmon and halibut, which are some of the most popular dishes on the menu. To create a lighter, less-greasy feel for Go Fish's fried fare, chefs use local ales from the Granville Island Brewery and the freshest fish straight from the waters surrounding the island.
Kiwis who head to this eatery during the week may be able to satiate their appetite more quickly. The weekends fill up fast at this popular spot, especially on hot summer days when the patio picnic tables are ideal for an enjoyable afternoon beside the waterfront.
Top-notch Japanese cuisine attracts A-listers to Tojo's
Fresh seafood cooked to perfection is not the only prized dish that Kiwis will find during their stay. The city is also known for its expertly crafted sushi, particularly because of restaurants such as Tojo's. Celebrities and A-listers alike come to this establishment for its inventive and fresh takes on traditional sushi styles - rumour has it this joint also trademarked the classic California roll. Chef Tojo stands behind a massive, curved sushi and sake bar, waiting to handcraft each diner's order.
Offering other specialties such as lobster claws, herring roe, sea urchin on the half shell and barbecue eel, Tojo's is an ideal place for diners who enjoy experimenting with new flavours and choosing from an eclectic selection of cuisine.
Dine at Vancouver's progressive C Restaurant
Soon after starting this seafood tour, it will become quite apparent to Kiwis who have taken flights to Vancouver that the city focuses heavily on sustainability, particularly when it comes to seafood cuisine. C Restaurant was the first eatery in the district to join the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise conservation program, an organization that teams up with local restaurants and assists their efforts in providing sustainable seafood. C's executive chef, Robert Clark, cuts out the middleman and deals directly with fishermen when preparing his high-quality dishes. With a strong team of support to back him up, Montreal-born Clark concocts succulent meals such as lobster poutine, red pepper-marinated sablefish and sockeye salmon, with flavourful and satisfying side dishes to complement each main attraction.
A Fish House haven in the middle of Stanley Park
To best enjoy a warm summer evening in Vancouver, Kiwis should venture to the Fish House in Stanley Park. This historic setting boasts two open-air patios that spill out into the beautiful urban park, providing guests with beautiful views of nature amidst the bustling city. Famous for its hearty brunch selection, the Fish House crafts dishes that will keep patrons satisfied for an entire day of Vancouver sightseeing and museum tours. Whether visitors choose the Dungeness crab and avocado omelet or the smoked salmon benedict, they may be tempted to lick their plates clean before exiting the establishment.
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