Where to Eat Seafood in Vancouver, BC
I read that Vancouver is the place for seafood so I had my heart set out on finding some yummy, fresh sushi. As soon as I landed, I got settled into my hostel then headed out to Kaide Sushi Bar in Yaletown, the first of my weekend seafood buffet.
Here’s where to eat seafood in Vancouver, BC:
- Kaide Sushi
- À La Mode Pie
- Rodney’s Oyster House
–Kaide Sushi Bar: for wild caught sushi–
When it comes to sushi, I would describe myself as a traditionalist or minimalist. I like my fish either by itself as sashimi or with a little bit of rice as sushi. I’m not into these crazy combos at a lot of sushi places that involve cream cheese, layers of different fishes, and deed fried concoctions although I won’t oppose a tempura shrimp roll every now and then.
I want to taste the fish and appreciate it instead of masking it with a few other unnecessary ingredients so when I search for a sushi, I look for exactly what I want: fresh fish, clean cuts, and properly cooked and seasoned rice. Cue Kaide Sushi.
Kaide Sushi is not one of the best marinated sushis I’ve eaten, but it definitely is one of the freshest and of great quality so, by default, it tastes great even without the extra marinade I’d like. They only serve wild sockeye salmon, wild albacore tuna, and for their specials, what’s caught and available for the day!
On top of the freshness, the cost of the meal, plus the exchange rate, is ridiculously reasonable for what you get. I ordered à la carte, left stuffed, and only paid $25.78 Canadian dollars for 9 pieces of sushi.
If you’re not a sushi purist like me, they do have regular rolls on the menu so definitely check out this place regardless of what type of sushi eater you are.
Normally not a tuna lover but since they serve wild caught here, the flavor was different than most tunas I’ve had. I think I liked it more than the wild caught salmon, which is one of my favorite fishes.
I came back here twice because after going to two other sushi places in the same price point, Kaide Sushi is where its at.
I recommend: Definitely get anything with wild caught salmon and tuna. Also, try the sushis on their specials board ’cause it’s also fresh for the day.
Price: about 15–30 CAD per person depending on how hungry you are
Location: 1375 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2X6, Canada | +1 604–681–5886
–À la Mode: for Clam Chowder Pot Pie–
The creamy broth was full of savory herbs like thyme that complemented the many pieces of fresh clams in the chowder.
Fresh is obviously the theme for seafood here.
And the crust of the pie wasn’t just any dough covering the soup. It was a flaky, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth croissant, and one of the better croissants I’ve had although it wasn’t in croissant form.
I finished it all asap even after having a huge piece of fried fish. See all the herbs in the little bit that’s leftover? Imagine all the herbs in the whole chowder. Also, check out those tiny pieces of croissant flakes on the plate I missed. Sigh– I should’ve licked it all clean.
I recommend: the Clam Chowder Pot Pie
Price: 9 CAD
Location: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC, Canada | +1 604–685–8335
–Rodney’s Oyster House: for everything seafood–
I totally failed with this place to get any photos ‘cept this one of the last bite of raw scallop, but don’t let the nonexistent food porn deter you from this place.
All of the scallop was gobbled up before any pics could be taken.
This is definitely a must try for raw oysters, raw scallops, and a Bloody Ceasar, which is Vancouver’s twist on the Bloody Mary. It’s made with clam juice instead tomato juice and comes with a succulent shrimp on top!
To be honest, I’m not the biggest oyster fan and am not one of those people who can eat 20 in a row, but I can appreciate when I have a good one, and the ones here are great because of the freshness and variety. The oysters come with at least five sauces too so you can really adjust it to your taste.
Besides oysters, there’s every other fish in the sea. We were really lucky to get the last of the raw scallops (last bite pictured above), and I loved how the server made us wait to eat them ’till he had a second to come back with his special sauce concoction. When restaurants tell the customers the proper way to eat, it makes me feel really certain about what I’m eating– if that makes sense because I can’t really describe the feeling.
Throughout the meal, we got several Bloody Ceasars, which had plenty of spice and kick along with a succulent piece of shrimp on top.
I recommend: the oysters with their endless sauce choices, a Bloody Ceasar (or two) and the raw scallops if they’re available
Price: about 30–50 CAD per person
Location: 1228 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L2, Canada | +1 604–609–0080
As a recap, here’s where to eat seafood in Vancouver:
Originally published with full backstory at www.talesfromafork.com on September 21, 2015.