New Seafood house opened by a former Cannery Seafood House Chef. Prices are very reasonable and restaurant has a very pleasant environment with comfortable seating.
A trip down Vancouver memory lane to a Cannery spin-off, complete with dated but charming seafaring decor. Our server's nickname was Teddybear, and he was a teddybear. Glasses of wine and food portions were generous. The salmon cake appetizer was really good, big enough for two people. The Salmon Wellington was a beautiful throwback to one generation ago when Beef Wellington was the star on many menus. Flavors were subtle. The freshness of the fish was prominent because of that. Still, a little overcooked, and the pastry was not the greatest, but it was delicious nevertheless. My partner's halibut was fine.
Pink Peppercorn no doubt would have been the best restaurant in BC 50 years ago, and it sort of feels like you have stepped back in time there, but now the big gun chefs are here from all over the world, competition to be new and exciting and unique is fierce in Van, many millions are pumped into decor, and old school can't quite compete anymore if fine dining is what you're after. But I think Pink Peppercorn has most of the other guys beat in restaurant finesse, which is cultivated over time, and from genuinely wanting to bring the customer joy.
I was here few years ago and it was alright. It could be because it was the person I was with and what I ordered.
This time around, I'm a brand new person with a positive outlook of life and with a great partner.
It was close to Xmas and I wanted to have a nice, delicious dinner with my man. I decided to give this resto another chance b/c I see great things in this place. Also I was craving for black cod and black cod is almost impossible to find in other resto. Surprisingly I was able to make reso few days before Xmas. The person on the phone was super friendly; I'm assuming it was the owner. When we arrived for dinner on a chilly Saturday evening, we were welcomed and greeted. We sat on our table and our lovely server was awesome throughout the whole night. My partner and I had a great time joking and chatting with him. We received our complimentary bread and lobster oil w/ balsamic vinegar. Yummy. For entres, I ordered smoked black cod, ofcourse. My partner ordered today's special which was a special fish that I've never heard before. But boy was it fresh, tasty and mm mm. My black cod was nicely and lightly smoked, not too strong like smoked salmon. The vegetables and everything surrounding it looked beautifully and edible-ly delightful. We ordered some wine and the server wanted me drunk. Haha he's so funny. We had a very lovely evening at Pink Peppercorn. I would love to go again.
If you're going to go here, it's probably because you miss the Cannery. It seems a bunch of former employees and the menu made it over. I've never been to the Cannery, so I don't know what I'm missing.
This place, well, it's best enjoyed in the dimly lit interior at dinner, because I suspect in bright daylight, this would look like a dive.
At least the waiter we had was thoroughly experienced and professional. In the old school manner. Which fit this place perfectly. The menu is also what I'd call "old school", perhaps the more generous would term it "classic". Some people prefer the old standbys, so this is definitely the place. No surprises, no excitement. It's reasonably big portions with the standard sides and heavy on the butter during cooking, no doubt.
But hey, to each their own. We had a bunch of stuff, including the "famous" salmon wellington. As far as being a salmon dish goes, it was "meh", the salmon a bit overdone and a bit overwhelmed by other flavours. As far as being a tasty dish, it was much better than expected, especially when paired with the port sauce. The halibut special was similarly competent, though I'd rate the cooking on the halibut much better, almost perfect. Too bad it was slightly overwhelmed with too many herbs/spices. We left stuffed, not even room for dessert. However, each main does run about $20-25.
I'll be honest, it's not my cup of tea given some many other fabulous restaurants in town. I prefer more "modern" lighter fare that highlights the main ingredient more. However, I could see some people preferring this style. Nothing wrong with it. If that's what you want, this could be one of the best places to go. The dishes were absolutely tasty, that's for sure. Although I wouldn't call it the greatest deal in town (I could name several that do better with regards to portion/price & quality), you won't be left hungry for sure.
Recommended if you've got a hankering for some ol' fashioned style seafood dishes.
Celebrated our anniversary here on Wednesday. Service from the lone waiter was professional as we watched him attend to about 15 customers. We had 4 items clam chowder-excellent, calamari-underdone, seafood pasta-excellent, smoked alaskan black cod-exceptional. Total before tip with 2 coffees and taxes $96.66. Pricey but it was a special occasion. Restaurant seemed very nice and we had no trouble finding street parking plus there is parking in the rear. The men's room was a major disappointment and in need of a complete do over.
Four of us went here for dinner on Tuesday October 5th, we were the only customers for quite a while. Although the restaurant is in an out of the way location, it is very "downtown Vancouver" as far as service and food quality. I found the decor simple but tasteful, it made for a pleasant atmosphere.
The server was attentive, very professional and had a sense of humour. Three of us ordered the same dinner; the chef's special: Salmon with prawns, mashed potatoes and vegetables. It was by far the best salmon dinner we had all eaten in a long time. My daughter; who is not a seafood person, had the peppercorn steak, she said it was cooked just right and tasted delicious. When the chef came around to ask how we were enjoying the meal my daughter said she liked the potatoes the best, the chef then sent out another serving of mashed potatoes for her. This ws very generous and much appreciated.
We splurged on desserts; with pecan pie and creme caramel. They were decadent and very delicious.
All in all we were very impressed and pleased with the meals and service. We will return again when in the city.
Arrived around 6:15 on a Tuesday and there was only one other table seated which made worry a bit. However, by 7-ish the restaurant was full and this caught our server (who I think may also have been teh owner) off guard. I think there were only 2 servers for the entire restaurant. Regardless, our server was friendly, professional and pretty calm. My friiend and I both ordered the chef's special. She has the salmon and it was artic char for me. The portions are generous. The broccoli was perfectly cooked, grilled red pepper was lovery, mashed potatoes was a touch too salty, the roasted whole carrot was included but don't think it worked. I had a pretty big piece of artic char but it was overcooked so I missed that rich, moist texture. Six large shrimps were also included. The food and presentation has a country feel which is a nice change from getting a small piece of fish, a few green beans and a few baby-sized nugget potatoes. I was full and didn't have room for dessert. The decor and ambience are fine and fits well the Kingsway area - I think a high end restaurant may feel out of place. Seing how hard our server/owner? was working and his professional communication style (which reminds me of service in a high end hotel restaurant) puts this place on my list for another visit..
Hubby and I have greatly missed the Cannery since they closed their doors earlier this year. It was our favourite 'celebration' dinner location. I heard about the Pink Peppercorn a while ago and have been hoping to go ever since. Tonight we did. Oh my... it's like being home again at the Cannery. Warm service from the moment we walked in the door and friendly smiles the entire evening. Warm bread served with lobster oil and balsamic vinegar... drinks that were not too sweet (even a mojito),... a cesear salad that was light and airy but well dressed, clam chowder that warmed my heart as well as our tummies,...salmon wellington as delicious as I remember it being and an extremely large and generous portion, scallops and prawns over a bed of rice for hubby that was rich and flavourful and it was amazing! Beautiful tasty food that brought back all the warm memories of a fdearly missed restaurant. The room was nice. We had a booth by the window and while some of the decor could be removed (giant lobster was amusing) and not missed, it was a nice room. Cozy and comfortable. Value was really good too for the quality and quantity of food we got. Exceptional really.
We're not sure if we'll tell our friends about this wonderful little place just yet or just keep this delicious secret to ourselves for a while longer. We know they'll love it as much as we already do. We're looking forward to going back again very soon. Very soon!!
Thank you Chef Eddy for a great meal and thank you Nik for wonderful service with a charming smile the entire time. It was a lovely evening.
I went here for a friend's birthday last weekend with a group of around 20. This place sort of looks like a hole in the wall and it's not something I normally would have noticed. Lots of parking around here so I find that to be a huge plus.
Ambiance: It's dimly lit, but not so bad that you can't see your food. They've got some interesting wall mounts and statues, ranging from a huge lobster greeting you at the front, to some huge fish mounted on placks. The place isn't loud or anything and you just hear the light chatter amongst other restaurant goers. It has some little candles along the table to give that "romantic" feeling. It's another "nice date" kind of place.
Service: We had a nice old man as our server and he was great. We even joked at our table about how the guy could sell houses with the way he sells the menu items. The service wasn't bad considering we were a large group and only had the one server. There were times where our water glasses were empty and he also took orders for half the table but left the other half for a good 10 minutes. Again, big group, one server, I'll give him a break. At least we had a lot of bread with the lobster infused olive oil (yum!).
Food: The owner is a former Cannery chef so the food was great! I ordered the ahi tuna peppercorn steak with lemon pepper risotto. The house cooks it rare but give you the option of however you want it done. The steak was so savory with the way it melted in my mouth and went really well with the sauce they drizzled over it. My gf ordered the famous salmon wellington. Her eyes rolled into the back of her head with enjoyment. I tried some, and I'm not gonna lie, it was okay. Definitely didn't love it but that's just me. Others at the table seemed to love it. A friend ordered the clam chowder and it was apparently left a bit too much of a seafood-y aftertase. Another friend across from us ordered the appetizer special which was peppercorn crusted scallops. He and his gf loved it and just looking at the dish made me really to order some (but I didn't because, well... it gets expensive).
Value: The cost is a bit on the steep side where all the *main* dishes are at least $25. With an appy and two main courses, you're looking at about $85 after tip (%15). I guess that's what you would expect from a higher end seafood place? I will say though, the servings are very generous. My ahi tuna steak had to have been about almost an inch and a half thick and the size of my palm. It also came with a good sized serving of risotto with a few cooked vegetables on the side. The size of the wellington was huge. I mean HUGE. The plate was heavy from the sheer size of this thing. The pastry with all the goods inside, was probably the size of a softball and a half. Came with a ice cream scoop of mashed potatoes and some vegetables as well. The appetizer soups looked like a good portion and were big enough to maybe share with a date.
So, if you want to splurge and go somewhere a bit on the higher end side, I would recommend this one for sure.
I usually hit a downtown/yaletown/gastown restaurant for a nice dinner but decided on Pink Peppercorn this time around... and I was not dissapointed. Small place in need of someone with a better sense of design, but hey I'm here for the food, not for the decor (which is actually more comical than actually bad - with a big lobster by the entrance and fishing nets, and plastic crab and other shellfish/fish on the walls). The service was very good.... some of the same wait staff from the Cannery.. they even have the Cannery apron on! Very friendly and attentive. I had a clam chowder followed by a seafood pasta. The chowder was nice and rich and filled me up... I hardly touched my pasta because I was already full from the soup. The pasta was very good, it was a tomato based sauce... thick and tangy with a ton of seafood! My other half had a cesar salad, very light and good serving size for $7.95; followed by the salmon wellington which he only ate half the salmon as the portion was too big (had the pack the rest to go). I truly enjoyed my dinner, and to me, $24.00 for a salmon or halibut entree is a very good value. Parking was easy and free, and a great neighbourhood place to get to, instead of having to bustle downtown. The chef came out after to talk to all the patrons... a very nice touch.
If you miss the food at the old cannery by the wharf, you must try this restaurant. The chef does it all himself and its amazing that the food all came out perfect (hot and tasty)
The check comes out and checks on all patron's food to make sure it is to our liking.
We went for a friends birthday and ordered:
Mussels (very large portion)
Warm papaya/prawn spinach salad
Rack of Lamb
all dishes were excellent and the portions were generous (aka leftovers for the next day)
I will definitely bring friends to try out this gem in east vancouver.
Don't let the location put you off - the food is excellent and the service is just as good. The 1 waiter took care of the 5 tables that were there on a tuesday night.
The chef says he will do private parties and cater a menu to you liking. Good to know since Christmas parties are coming up.
I recently went to the pink peppercorn, because my friend were recommending and they said that its use to be the lunch chef at the cannery that opened up this place, and they said its a must drive. great portions, good prices, and a comfortable dining.
I have the west coast Bouillabaisse, plenty of seafood, cooked perfectly, my friend had a salmon special that was really awesome too! then we had dessert! we had tirimisu, it could be better, but its not bad.It need more lady fingers, and each layer should be soaked. What can say, this place is a seafood restaurant not a dessert house. The portion were huge that we didn't even have to get appetizer but there were really some good choice! Server was attentive and friendly, my glass of water was never empty, and he was the only person running the floor with like 6 tables. Impressive! I arrived at 615 with my girls the ambiance was comfortable, we were not rushed. he stay until closing, just cuz we were chatting. The servers didn't mind at all that we stayed so long.
Overall i had a really good time i will be back, espcially for the lobster oil and the seafood choice!!!
okay, we did not pick the best night, it was tuesday late night at 8pm, it was pouring rain out, so we end up like the only table of 2 at there. But the food was too good, like i told them myself it was downtown quality food at vancouver side, and geez i think it was even better than downtown quality. The server highly recommanded the warm spinach shrimp salad, it was wonderful, very very delicious, and not something you try before. My boyfriend had the salmon special with rice, with a shrimp, mushroom peppercorn sauce, it looks wonderful, and he is the world's pickest dinner, and he finished the whole plate that is something. My tomato seafood soup with shellfish, shrimps and scallops are wonderful too, very yummy. the price is very resonable for the quality and quantity of food. Ambiance isn't the best, but if you come for good food, this is good enough. It was a very quite night out, but the server was very professional friendly, and even chef came out to ask how was food, very good night out. I only wished they can get busier as people read the good review everybody has about it. Definately worth a try out!!!! We are thinking to go again for my mother's birtday next week since they had a great value of lobster thermidor!!!!
By far this is the best seafood restaurant I've been to in the last couple of years. IMHO, it beats The Boathouse hands down. The service here was good given that they just started up a couple of months(so give them a break and some time to get going). The server was attentive and pleasant; the food was a good sized portion and DEE-licious!!! My husband and I were very pleased with what we ordered. The Salmon Wellington was excellent, and the halibut and the accompanying vegetables were done to perfection. So I'm hoping that more people will give them a try, and a chance to get their business going.
My wife kind of dragged me to this restaurant. I wasn't blown away by the decor but the server and the food was outstanding. I had the Salmon Wellington that was fabulous and my wife had the Scallop and Prawns on rice. We both agree that the salmon was a better dish. I get the sense that the chef is testing the waters before spending money on things like dining decor. He has hit the mark on everything else and came out to talk with us and other parties. We will be back and I wish them all the luck!
My parents wanted to go to the Pink Peppercorn for dinner before Mother's Day (Saturday night). I think they mostly wanted to go because they heard there was seafood, they liked the Cannery before, and they had heard the Pink Peppercorn was less expensive.
Let's start with the positives:
- food was quite good with large portions (salmon wellington and salmon special)
- food came quickly
- chef came by after the meal to ask how it was
- leftovers packed up nicely
- waiter was clearly experienced in serving
And now the negatives:
- mussels were overly peppery, clam chowder was a little too salty
- decor was blah. It felt a bit sterile - booths with vinyl seating plus giant tv in the middle of the restaurant (not on), plus kitschy leftover seafood decor from the Cannery. Just not the feel I would expect if I am dropping $20-30 per entree.
- lastly and most importantly, we waited in the front of the restaurant inside the door for 30 minutes (!!!!) before anybody came to say anything to us
Some further explanation:
The party in front of us were waiting when we arrived. After about 10 minutes, someone came by to ask how many were in their party and they said they had a reservation for 6. He said he'd go and check. Another 5 minutes elapsed where you could see him bringing food to other people and he came back to say that they had accidentally given away the table for 6 (to a table of 2 people) and that they would have to split into two separate booths. Needless to say, they left and went across the street to White Spot. During this whole time, nobody had addressed us, no "hi", nothing. I felt like they purposely did not make eye contact or something. It's not like they could have missed seeing us there. After about 20 minutes waiting, I went up to the bar area and informed the older female server that we had been waiting for 20 minutes and nobody had come to see us. We had a reservation and should we leave or stay? She did not even bother to turn around and said "we know. someone will come". No apology. Basically, she was super rude and if my parents had not been there, I would have walked right out. In 10 more minutes (total wait time now of 30 minutes standing inside the door), the older male server came by and seated us, with a simple "sorry you've been waiting". Really not the reaction I would expect when you have kept someone waiting without even saying hello for 30 minutes! Seriously, how hard is it to plunk 4 people with menus at one of your several empty clean booths? He sat us at a booth, then offered us the booth by the window. We didn't really care about moving, but he insisted as I am guessing he figured this might make up for waiting? So we had to wait some more for him to clean off that booth and move us over. Other people arrived after us and were greeted and seated in a relatively timely fashion, so I don't know what was up with us and the party ahead of us. Maybe because they were short-staffed (only 2 servers plus a bus boy/cashier)? Maybe because it was 7:30? They definitely had open tables, so it's not like they were at capacity or anything. I have never experienced that kind of service in any restaurant we have eaten at in the world. Maybe the experienced servers here need to have a meal at Joey's or Earl's so they can see what type of service most people are used to nowadays.
When the chef came by after the meal, I didn't have the heart to say anything seeing as how my parents did not want to cause a stir. I will probably write a letter to Eddie though - he should know that he needs extra front of the house training/staff if he has signed a 15 year lease as reported elsewhere.
Overall, I don't care how good the food was (it was all right, but not awesome), that kind of negative first impression cannot be overcome. There are far too many good restaurants with good value in Vancouver for me to waste more money and time going back to one that had such awful service. Sometimes you can accept marginal service because you're going for value and quality of food, but at this price point I expect MUCH better service than what I got.
I belong to a neighborhood community newsletter. After reading from our neighbors about how wonderful this place is, a bunch of my friends and I decided to try it on a Saturday night.
I was not disappointed! The food was fantastic. The portions were a very good size. We had ordered mussels, ahi tuna, salmon wellington, special of the day- halibut and a New York steak with prawns.
The sauce they used on the halibut and ahi tuna was very nice, white wine with dill. It wasn't overly heavy. Everything was cooked just right. The portion of the mussels was really big! I couldn't eat anything after that. The salmon wellington's crust was very flaky. The New York steak was HUGH! The peppercorn sauce was really nice with it.
The ambiance was okay. It's nothing too fancy and the wallpaper could've been replaced. But the food speaks for itself.
Service was average. The server was an older gentleman. He was attentive but didn't give us a wine list until I asked. And he didn't know if they had hot chocolate.
Overall, I would go back to this again. Maybe not for a romantic night out but definitely a get together with friends or a birthday dinner.
We wanted to try a new restaurant for a 44th birthday, and since the restaurant we wanted to try is closed on Mondays we decided to try the Pink Peppercorn. It took over the Little Johnny's Pizza which had briefly turned into a Chinese Fushion restaurant called LJ's. We heard that the chef was formerly from the Cannery and thought why not eat in our our neighbourhood? What a great decision!
We arrived at 6:30 pm and there were only two other tables of people having dinner there. Only one other couple arrived while we were there. There was only one waiter; he is somewhat inexperienced but friendly and attentive. He also happens to look after the bar and clean the tables; don't ask for a Caesar as he doesn't know how to make it. The chef, Eddy, came out to greet us and thanked us for coming. He told us about the specials of the night. He also explained if we wanted the salmon wellington, that we should order right away as it takes 20 minutes to cook.
Well...based on the other reviews about this restaurant we first ordered the muscles. Amazing! Large portion and tastey. We requested more bread to dip into the sauce! Way too many muscles for just the two of us, but we did finish it. We also ordered the salmon wellington and one of the specials of the night, halibut with prawns and shitake mushrooms. Both meals were excellent and well presented! The halibut was fresh fresh fresh and was accompanied with six prawns, three spears of asparagus, a mini carrot, broccoli, roasted red pepper, and country mash potatoes. All the veggies were cooked perfectly. The salmon had the same sides, and was also very nicely presented. I'm a big eater but I couldn't finish all the potatoes! When Eddy came out to check on our meals, he explained that the sauce for the salmon wellington is a red wine reduction with cream and butter; so that's why it tastes so good! He also said he plans to stay here for a long time as he has taken out a 15 year lease! YEAH!
We were too full for dessert, but Eddy brought the best crème brûlée I've had in a long long time...free for the birthday boy (who had to share some with me under duress)! This crème brûlée was amazingly soft and creamy and didn't have a burned taste from the caramelizing with the blowtorch!
We difinitely are glad that Eddy has moved into our neighbourhood. May many more upscale restaurants come too!
Last night we took my mother to The Pink Peppercorn for her 71st B-Day, As my Father did the construction on the original Cannery Restaurant way back when, my mom had to try this place out. I knew Eddy was a chef at the Cannery for many years so my expectations were high for the food quality and service, But because we are talking about Kingsway East Van,so my expactations for the room were not that high to be perfectly honest.
We arrived at 7:30 for our reservation and were promply greeted and seated at a table of our choice, There were about 6 or 7 other full tables at the time we sat, The decor is simple with an effort to make the space a somewhat Nautical Theme, nothing super fancy but pleasant just the same. 2 waiters on the floor. So no problems with Service what so ever.
Ordered our meals and everything came out promply and well presented, My mothers Salmon Wellington was awesome, as was my girlfriends Catfish. I had the special that was a Steamed Halibut and it was a 10 out of 10.
After dinner Eddy made his rounds to see how everyones meals were, and we discussed the plans for thier redecerorating that is slowly moving forward as $$$ permit (I wish my Father was still alive so he could offer Eddy some of his special construction touches that he performed at the Cannery). Our Waiter was outstanding and very professional ( 17 years at the Cannery gives him some good experience I would say)
All in all I would reccomend the Pink Peppercorn with out hesitation! we will be back again soon!
Thanks Eddy and Staff.
At first was a little bit hesitant to order the lamb since I thought the seafood is probably is a safer bet. I was so wonderfully surprised, the lamb was so tender and fresh tasting. The lemon risotto that came with the Ahi tuna was excellent as well. Overall a really good dining experience.
We were just there for dinner and the restaurant was fairly busy. We heard that the chef/owner was a former head chef at the Cannery so we wanted to check it out. We were not disappointed!
We had 2 of the Chef's Creations: 1 halibut anf 1 salmon; 1 ahi tuna, and 1 NY steak. All the dishes were all delicious, well executed, and very visually appealing.
Our server was very attentive and ensured that our glasses were filled at all times. He was very well versed with the menu and answered our questions with ease. We later found out that he used to work at the Cannery.
At the end of our meal, the chef/owner came around to each table to check with all the patrons on the food, etc. That was a very nice touch!
All in all, a nice evening with good food without the expensive prices to boot!