Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Official restaurant site: https://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar
I had bookmarked a few restaurants to visit on Granville Island. My first choice was going to be Go Fish Ocean Emporium but couldn’t find it on Granville Island, so settled for second choice, The Sandbar, instead. Turned out to be a good choice for lunch!
The restaurant itself is fairly large, and covers 3 floors. For lunch, we were lucky enough to be seated in the outdoors patio area, which has a nice view of the harbor.
The Sandbar is easily recognizable — it’s near the public market on Granville Island, and has a large boat hanging by the restaurant.
There is also a supplemental menu sheet for the fresh catch of the day. The items with a hole punch next to it means that it’s available.
Nice view of the harbor from the patio area. There’s also a fireplace and plenty of heat lamps outside, in case it gets cold. AND there’s a blanket draping on each seat, just in case!
Warm crusty bread. Mmm…
Manila clams – steamed in leek and roasted garlic cream. The clams were juicy and succulent. Yum! CAD$15
Salmon burger – an actual salmon filet prepared medium, with Yukon Gold fries. The salmon was perfectly cooked and the fries were crunchy on the outside, and piping hot and mushy on the inside. Just the way I like them! CAD$15
Arctic char – this was on the fresh catch sheet. We had seen it in the market, and Arctic char, being that it’s from sub-arctic waters, is hard to find. When we saw it on the menu, we weren’t sure if we’d be served the whole fish. Turned out to be a filet of the Arctic char, pan-fried in citrus butter sauce. The texture of the fish is light and flaky, kind of like a flounder. Glad we tried it, but it wasn’t as good as the clams or the salmon burger. CAD $25