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[Vancouver, Canada] The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

1535 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Canada

(604) 669-9030

Official restaurant site:  https://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-sandbar-seafood-restaurant-vancouver-2

 

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.

 

The menu

 

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

 

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Quality Seafood

130 S International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(310) 372-6408

 

I’ve been coming to this place a few years now and every time I come, I discover and try something new!  Quality Seafood is a seafood market, located at the Redondo Beach pier.  It’s hidden in a corner, close by the docks and the old arcade.  Even though Quality Seafood is a seafood market, all the seafood that you see, can be prepared either steamed, grilled/broiled or fried for free!  There is a lot of live seafood, ranging from crabs and oysters, to sea urchin and clams.  In addition to live seafood, there’s also a wide assortment of fresh whole fish, cooked seafood, clam chowder, ceviche, etc.  During the month of September, when all of the lobster fests are happening around the beach cities, Quality Seafood also offers freshly steamed lobster meals for under $20!

Street parking can be a little hard to score, so park at one of the adjacent parking structures to be safe.  Dining at Quality Seafood is very casual… and you might be sharing your meal with a few sea gulls so dress accordingly.  During the weekends, if it’s crowded, it takes at least 30 minutes to have your food to be ready.  I saw on Yelp that sometimes people even bring their own condiments, which is a great idea — Quality Seafood just has the basics (salt, pepper, lemon, etc).  So come prepared… and get ready for a seafood feast!

 

The dining area – it’s mostly al fresco!  There are stacks of old newspapers by the bar (yes, there’s even a bar!), so get some and lay them out picnic style!  🙂

 

Different clam varieties

 

Looks like it’s crab season!  Quality Seafood is so thoughtful that they separate the male and female crabs into separate tanks – it makes it easier to pick them out, either for the crab meat, or for the roe.

 

I think it’s blue crab season too?

 

And for the sea urchin lovers, Quality Seafood is currently running a special on uni until Valentine’s Day at $7.50/lb!!!

 

The live uni – the spine was still moving just a little bit.  This was my first time having uni from the shell… it was a bit salty from the sea water, and covered with the veins.  Otherwise, it was good.  I was a little creeped out by the moving spines though, so I’ll stick with the restaurant versions from now on. :p   $17.50

 

We got half a pound each of the manila and the littlenecks neck clams, steamed with veggies for an extra $1.50.  The clams were soo good!  The veggies soaked up the clam juices, and the white wine sauce so they were delicious as well.  Steamed clams only took 6 minutes to cook.  $11.50 (including the veggies)

 

The wild Alaskan snapper was on sale for $4.98/lb so we got one too.  The one we picked was a huge one, at over 4 pounds.  I think that’s why it took longer to cook — about 20+ minutes.  We had it broiled, and it was so juicy and delicious!  Add your own seasoning (salt, pepper, lemons, etc) to taste.  🙂

Have fun at your own seafood picnic!