A must stop place in Lonsdale Quay
After checking out the Caribbean Fest in North Van, I wandered over to check out the Lonsdale Quay market and discovered an unusually bustling food court vendor. And it was busy for a good reason, as it turns out.
Upon reaching the vicinity of "Screaming Mimi's", the first thing I noticed were huge piles of mussels piled on top of wax papers over food trays - rustic and pragmatic! Their mussels are $8 for 1 lb, $14 for 2 lbs and $18 for 3 lbs. The mussels were plump, juicy and fresh - they scoop, weigh, and steam to order, accompanied by lemon wedges, a few sprigs of fresh parsley and olive oil/butter (?) dipping sauce. They also have clams available for steaming too.
I also tried their baked fish roll - which came wrapped in a crisp light pastry filled with salmon (or halibut) in a savoury creamy sauce. Again, quite tasty and quite filling for $3.50 per roll. Chowders, chilled seafood appies, deep fried oysters $2.50 ea, and seafood stuffed sandwiches were also available. They're also licensed as the patron ahead of me ordered a couple of O'Douls.
As it's a food court vendor, they had limited seating, I think 3 tables and a few bar-counter seats, but it all adds to its rustic/quirky appeal. The servers were friendly and efficient and even wore rubber waders to convey catch-of-the-day " freshness".
I ordered 2 baked creamy oysters for $3.00 each and the oysters were so amazing. The jumbo oysters were covered in a cream sauce and baked to perfection. I was at Londsdale Quay for a snack, and would definitely try their fresh oysters on a half shell, steamed mussels, and chowder the next time I am around the area. Not a very good seating area, but definitely worth a try for the fresh seafood.