I recently had the opportunity to visit this restaurant with a few of my friends. I had only heard rumours about this place so I was curious to check it out.
The Ocean Club is somewhat hidden in West Van's South Park Royal, located under the black office tower. It was a Friday night and the place was busy.
Sleek interior very crisp and clean. Interesting black and white photgraphs on the walls, dining banquets, white couches & granite tables, bar, and patio. Once again no reservations, however we were invited to seat at the bar until a table came available. Nicely dressed crowd. A little bit of Yaletown on the North Shore. Later I found out that The Ocean Club is licensed differently than other restaurants, open to 3am and no minors. This is nice.
Before writing this review I read some of the other reviews and thankfully my wingman, Big T had ordered the Mac n Cheese. Jumping thru all the menus, items were mid priced, with an extensive wine list, and crafted cocktail menu.
We stuck with a bottle of BC Pinot Noir and decided to stay at the bar to eat. Venison Carpaccio, Mac n Cheese, and the Manilla Clams.
The service was good, sincere, and knowledgeable. The food could have been a bit quicker but it was busy, can't comlpain too much. The plates were large and the food incredible. Tiny B was reluctant to share the clams however, everything works out in the end. Mac n Cheese was savoury and rich, clams tasty & spicy, the carpaccio...could be some of the best in the city. What made the experience fantastic was the group of ladies who were seated next to us. We ended up sharing a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, an Amarone and some good conversation with them. It was a great evening and I got home way past my bedtime.