Olive & Anchor is a casual restaurant serving seafood, sandwiches and burgers overlooking Horseshoe Bay.
I had a craving for oysters so I suggested that we have a nice drive out to Horseshoe Bay so I could have my fill of oysters at Ya Ya's. My husband is not a fan of oysters but he said he would have something else. We walked by where Ya Ya's used to be and noticed that it is completely remodelled and Ya Ya's has been replaced by Olive & Anchor. A quick study of the menu showed that they had Ya Ya oysters so we decided to give it a try. We started off with an order of calamari. This wasn't bad. It was a generous serving and the calamari was very tender - good value for $10.00. There are about 8 different styles of oysters and you receive 6 oysters for $14.00. The combination dish offering a variety of oysters is no longer on the menu. For the $14.00 all you get is the oyster - no starch, bread or salad. I ordered the oysters Rockerfellow. It has to be the worst oysters rockerfellow that I've ever had. The spinach tasted like it was a no name frozen spinach that was overcooked, the oysters were also overcooked and instead of a nice topping of bernaise sauce that is supposed to be on top of oysters there were a few shreds of cheese on top of each oyster - not even enough to cover the oyster. My husband had the miso salmon that he enjoyed. He said it was very well cooked and very tasty. It came with Jasmine rice, a bit of corn on the cob and other vegetables.
The ambiance is much nicer than when it was Ya Ya's. The room is brighter and it has more of a bistro feel to it rather than the dark coffee shop feel that Ya Ya's used to have. Service was very good. Our wine was topped up and water glass was also refilled. Our waitress said that Ya Ya's had the change of ownership in the middle of March. We would not return. I feel that $14.00 of poorly prepared oysters + $3.00 for garlic bread to go with it is not good value. I guess that because it's out in Horseshoe Bay and they have such a great setting the owners feel they can get away with serving mediocre food.
To the original owner of Ya Ya's you should have them remove the name Ya Ya from the oysters on their menu. It is a real insult to you.
Horseshoe Bay waterfront has been waiting for a good, down-to-earth restaurant for a while. While driving back from Whistler, I decided to check to see if there were new places to eat in Horseshoe Bay. I found out that Ya Ya was replaced by another place, so decided to give Olive & Anchor a shot. While its name is very pub like, the room was beautifully decorated - comfortable neighbourhood setting, but not too bar-ish. A bar and some TVs for those looking for it. The rest of the restaurant is appealing and approachable to adults and families. It was a pretty busy Sunday afternoon even it was almost 3pm. We had mussels and fish & chips. Fish and Chips were good, but the mussels (and the broth) were really good. Quite a few people order the Chicken gumbo soups and I heard people raving about it. The menu is pretty extensive, so I don't need to worry about having the same thing over and over again. It is Horseshoe Bay, so it is not the cheapest place, but it is fairly priced in the area. I am glad we have found this place so that we now know one good solid place to go to in Horseshoe Bay!