I was asked by friends to recommend the best places to eat in Vancouver; they were stopping for a few nights after cruising to Alaska. Without hesitation and the first restaurant that came to mind was Blue Water Cafe. The city's freshest and most sustainable coastal seafood is served in this heritage converted warehouse in Yaletown. If the weather permits it's wonderful to eat al fresco. Inside is great too, the restaurant has a great reputation so there's always a lively atmosphere and what's more the service is excellent.
Yaletown itself is worth a visit as it's been transformed from a warehouse district into Vancouver's ‘place to be', an area of sidewalk cafes, trendy restaurants and a thriving nightlife scene.
The menu at Blue Water Cafe will baffle you, from the Raw Bar to the Seafood Towers; there is an amazing array of mouth watering delights. The restaurant also houses two tanks; you can check availability when booking. Last time I was there I chose Tuna Carpaccio followed by Atlantic lobster (from the tank), served with seasonal vegetables – I missed out the potatoes as I wanted enough room for a caramel chocolate crème brulee desert. My husband couldn't resist the selection of oysters, accompanied by champagne of course. He followed this with Ling cod, served with a variety of roasted red pepper, chick peas, eggplant and chorizo sausage but missed out on the desert!
The wine list is awesome, apparently there are thousands of bottles in their wine cellar, so it's no wonder the Blue Water Cafe has a collection of awards for its wine as well as the food. Don't be snobby here as local wines from British Colombia hit the right spot and cost half the price of the imported ones.
Another recommendation for casual dining in Vancouver has to be Cardero's, if only for its amazing location. The restaurant is waterfront and if you can get a table on the terrace, you will be knocked out by the views of the bay, North Van and the mountains. The restaurant is spacious and when we were in Vancouver in May, we went twice. The food is good, the service is excellent and it isn't too pricey. For lunch we sampled the Caesar salad with a chilled Tantalus Riesling from BC, Cold Harbour Burgers, and House Red, also from BC. For dinner we opted for the Dockside Platter to share and for me roasted sablefish, my husband, forever the carnivore – pork chops!
Vancouver is one of my favourite cities in the world, clinging to the massive continent of North America between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains; it is the most beautiful city and a great place to visit if you happen to be in North America.