A seafood boutique and bistro offering sustainable and wild gourmet seafood and seafood deli.
The star of the meal was the smoked sablefish. Absolutely divine. The downside was the fish and chips. The fish was SUCH a pitiful size! It was about 2/3 of a computer mouse, for $5!!! A real ripoff. The chowder was not good, I like the ones at Tim Hortons more. The crab cakes were good though, there was lots of real crab meat inside.
Service: Friendly staff. Very informative.
Ambiance: This is actually a seafood store, with a small section of the store corner having a picnic bench for people buying cooked food. I think the prices are high for the this kind of eating style. At this price, they should have actual chairs and tables. I sat at a picnic table that was right outside the store/restaurant, and it was facing the parking lot.
I would recommend that you only buy seafood here (the seafood itself is great!) and cook it at home yourself. Passable food, unreasonable prices.
So it's more of a seafood shop than a restaurant, but it's still nice. I think the food will probably be the most expensive, but the best, fast food style meal you will ever eat. They make it in a super-clean kitchen at the side of the shop, you pick it up self-service style, and eat at these pretty little picnic tables. I am not a fish and chips lover, so I'm probably not the best person to critique, but I thought it was okay. Wasn't that big on the soup either, just too much fish. But the crab cakes were nice, came with a big salad. Pricey but good.
I am a person who loves to cook, which is why I love this place. They have all these specialty foods and spices...I spent $20 on a tiny half-jam jar of pink Hawaiian sea salt. They have lots of spice rubs and organic olive oils and pasta sauces...if you enjoy cooking and like browsing for interesting, different food ingredients to make at home, then this is a good place to go. Mainly people come here to buy seafood to cook at home, and they've got an excellent, expensive selection. But the seafood is environmentally conscious, no chemicals or dyes, and it's very very good seafood. The scallops are as big as my fist. They've also got a lot of deli foods that you can take home and eat immediately.
I went here this morning for breakfast: fish and chips. I know, heavy duty, but when you're on the whacked time grid I am it makes sense. Anyway, read the recent review in the Straight and heard good things from people. It really is a great place to go for seafood, whether you just want to eat it or if you want to look at it or learn about it or just hang out in Kerrisdale. The place is brightly lit and immaculately clean. It's basically divided into a seafood deli and a kitchen. The front man is some Teutonic type with a laconic sense of humour, if you can get to it. The fish and chips we ordered were top notch fresh and tasty. I just liked hanging in the place too, though. At noon it was well populated with well-to-do matrons and that in itself is a cultural exposure I don't often get. The pictures on the wall are brilliant fishing snaps which I think are worthy of a Pulitzer. And there's a big screen showing commercial fishing movies 24/7. The place has a sustainability angle which I'm not even going to attempt to do justice to and, therfore, engages a customer on many levels: mentally and sensually. They also sell their own line of sauces and rubs and preserves and I will take my out of town visitors there for a Van experience when I get the chance. Check out their website to get the full message, then visit it yourself.
Whether you're shopping for fresh seafood or looking for dinner, then this is the place for you. I've had two excellent meals here and will surely come back again.
On the deli side, the fresh fish is also great. The crab cakes are tasty and super easy to prepare. The cooked shrimp packages are full of large shrimp, not that teensy-weensy stuff at chain supermarkets.
The restaurant can get very busy at dinner time. Good press + excellent food = some backlog. However, your taste bud will agree that it's worth the wait.