Friday, 29 August 2008

The Boathouse Restaurant - Pacific Northwest seafood

I adore seafood and really missed them in England. Although the UK is an island, it is actually not easy to get good seafood unless you live right on the coast. AP's parents are here in Vancouver for holiday and a few days ago we had an early birthday meal for me at a restaurant close to their hotel.

The Boathouse is located right at the shore of English Bay with a lovely view of the waters and mountains. Well, at least it would if it wasn't raining! I swear, all this rain only started 2 weeks ago when the in-laws got here! The food was fabulous, the decor was very refined and tasteful but the ambience was still very relaxed and comfortable. The price is mid-range, main courses are around $20-$30, with the steaks and lobster dishes going ever upwards. I found it very good value for the quality food, good portions (sizeable without being gigantic). The seafood that we had were fantastic and I am sure AP and I will be going back again and again particularly on special occasions. I will be sure to take some photos of the restaurant itself, and the great view from the windows, next time, when it is actually clear!

AP's mum and I had a wine taster trio each. There were three 2 oz glasses of white wine, which was pretty much the same as a regular 6 oz glass but you get to try different wines. From left to right: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gewurtztraminer. The pretty birthday card in the background was from the in-laws.

AP's dish was a halibut and salmon duo with sweet chilli sauce, served with wild rice and vegetables. The halibut and salmon were wound around each other, like a yin-yang symbol. Beautifully cooked.

I had the grilled seafood platter with salmon, jumbo prawns and scallops, served with wild rice, vegetables and teriyaki sauce. The prawns and scallops were huge!

AP's dad had sockeye salmon, and mum had jumbo prawns stuffed with crab. I didn't want to interrupt them eating to take photos, although I clearly had no such qualms with the husband, heh. For dessert, mum and I had the white and dark chocolate mousse cake with raspberry sauce and cream. It was lovely and light, and the raspberry sauce was quite something, quite concentrated and full of flavour.

AP and dad had cheesecake with strawberries and cream. The cheesecake was classic New York style, very dense and rich with gorgeous flavours. Neither of them finished!

AP defeated by his dessert - a rare occurence!

The Boathouse Restaurant (English Bay)
1795 Beach Avenue
Tel: 604-669-2225
Other locations are listed on its website.

Finally, just a note to say that we are moving into our new apartment (finally!) this weekend and will not have internet access for the next 4-5 days (oh the horrors). So if I don't respond to your comments for a while, be assured that I will when I get back online. For Canadians reading this, have a great Labour Day weekend!


VeggieGirl said...

The food is so elegantly plated! Gorgeous!

Good luck moving into your new apartment!!

Nate-n-Annie said...

Really nice pictures, especially your plate.

Did you mean "sockeye" salmon instead of "hockeye"?

Have fun unpacking!

Mrs Ergül said...

What lovely food! My hubby and I will be moving into our new flat tomorrow too! Can't wait!

noble pig said...

What a meal! The seafood looked so fresh and beautiful!

Jaguarrior (Anastey) said...

Wowzers that is some of the prettiest food I've seen in a long time!

It makes me want to try making some seafood skewers again, but I don't think mine will look as nice lol

Those deserts look evil, but oh so yummy!!

noobcook said...

I luurrrrrveee seafood... gimme some of that jumbo prawns ;)

Anonymous said...

i was just going through your older posts to take ideas for tiffin boxes as soon i will have to make some filling and nutritious for him..
can you tell me where you get those foodpicks and those cucumber shaped sauce containers...

mycookinghut said...

Looks like a great meal! I think I would love the halibut!

didally said...

The food looks delicious, especially the seafood!

daphne said...

I'm a big fan of seafood too.. it's a bonus when u can find a restaurant to prepare it right dont u think? =)

best wishes for the move!!

One Food Guy said...

Those seafood dishes look fantastic! So creative, so beautiful, so delicious I'm sure!

Nilmandra said...

Veggiegirl: Yeah I do love the plating and presentation. Thanks!

Nate n Annie: Oops! Yes, it's sockeye, well spotted!

Mrs Ergul: Hope your move went well!

Noble Pig: I luuuuuuurve seafood

Anastey: I've not made seafood skewers myself, but will try it some time. It's not easy to cook them well such that they are not overcooked!

noobcook: And scallops! :)~~

Anonymous: I bought those sauce containers from eBay stores (search under 'bento accessories'). They are also available on JBox.

My cooking hut: I might try that halibut and salmon duo next time.

Didally: Hurray for good seafood!

daphne: Indeed, I missed the seafood in Singapore so much. Looks like much more seafood in Vancouver! :)

One Food Guy: Definitely delicious! We'll be back for sure.

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