I had the chance to attend a preview of the DOVF (Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017) menu for The Vancouver Fish Company. It’s located on Granville Island and their cuisine is primarily West Coast (I guess it’s kinda obvious given their name). They have both a lunch menu and a dinner menu, with the prices being $29 and $40 respectively.
For the appetizer course, you can choose from the VFC Seafood Chowder (GF) and it has fresh seafood, clams, thyme cream, and bacon. I really enjoyed the chowder but it’s a pretty typical seafood chowder.
This is the Lentil Soup (V/GF) from their Lunch Menu and it contains organic red lentils in a garam masala cream sauce.
This Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese is also surprisingly from the Lunch Menu and it has macaroni in a creamy cheddar sauce, topped with bread crumbs and lobster claws. I have a little gripe about this because it looks like there’s a lot of lobster on this plate, but the one I actually got to try (which was a separate dish) had very little lobster meat with no claws on top. Not sure which one a regular customer will get, but if you get this one with the three lobster claws, the lunch menu is definitely worth it!
While the Thai Chicken Curry (GF) was good, it didn’t stand out to me compared to the other entrees.
If I came back for the DOVF menu, I’d definitely order this. This is the Crab stuffed Sole Wellington. It has fresh sole, crab meat, cream cheese, puff pastry, braised kale, and a lobster bisque as sauce. The pastry was flaky and it paired exquisitely well with the fresh fish inside. I never thought you could do a wellington with fish, so hats off to the chef for thinking of this really unique idea.
This is the Steak Oscar (GF) and it has crab meat, baby srimp, hannah brook farm vegetables, garlic confit mashed potatoes, bernaise, and a peppercorn jus.
I normally am not a fan of apple pie, but this Apple Bread Pudding (V) was so good I couldn’t stop eating it. I highly recommend!
If you have someone else at your table, tell them to get the Mango Sorbet (V/GF) as well because this dessert was also good! I don’t know who the pastry chef at this restaurant is but he or she is SKILLED. This mango sorbet tasted so fresh with the coconut cream. And that lime dust on top. Magic, just magic.
All in all, The Vancouver Fish Company is worth a visit during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. My personal recommendations would be the seafood chowder, sole wellington, and bread pudding/sorbet.
Service Rating: 2.5/5
Food Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5