Fine dining isn’t hard to find in Vancouver, but finding the perfect restaurant with exceptional food and great service isn’t as easy.
At Blue Water Café, located in the Yaletown District of Vancouver, B.C., the service is impeccable.
While seasonal ingredients are paired with the freshest seafood, a sommelier is at your service assuring the pairing of wines and making quality a standard at Blue Water Café.
Freshness best describes this restaurant. From the crisp-white table clothes covering the dining room tables to seasonal fish and homemade cocktails, Blue Water Café boasts an exquisitely tasteful experience. With exposed brick walls and thick wood beams from the converted warehouse—a focal point of the restaurant—the ambiance inside Blue Water Café is warm, inviting and interactive.
The open dining room provides views throughout the restaurant reaching from the raw bar to the open-range kitchen. Watch as slices of sashimi are delicately placed on a platter when seated at the raw bar or witness steaming seared fillets of fish being plated then instantly delivered to dining room tables inside the buzzing restaurant.
Specializing in fresh seafood from sustainable fisherman farms to wild local fisheries, Blue Water Café’s menu changes depending on the season. Decadent Toro (tuna belly) and Beni Sake (sockeye salmon) are just a few of the notable raw fish served sushi style. And with an array of sushi rolls to choose from such as the Dungeness crab (fresh crabmeat with avocado in an egg roll), Blue Water Café serves some of the best sushi in all of Vancouver.
Appetizers include various seasonal seafood towers (two-tiered dish with oysters, prawns, seared tuna, salmon tartare, ceviche, clams, mussels and jellyfish and add chilled lobster for a little extra) to share, a long list of local oysters on the half shell with a side of freshly shaved horseradish, seafood salads or exquisite caviar depending on availability.
While the seafood included on the menu changes daily, the quality and absolute freshness is a commitment and responsibility Blue Water Café provides to diners. Selective whole fish and daily features is decided by the season. Sable fish with a homemade miso sake glaze or sturgeon encrusted with a pumpernickel crumble are two exceptional dishes filled with pure flavor.
Seafood isn’t the only thing served at Blue Water Café. Kobe-style short ribs, free-range chicken and beef tenderloin are just a few choices of meat offered with accompaniments of sautéed garlic prawns or foraged mushrooms and cipolini onions.
And be sure to save room for dessert as fresh pastries are brought in from its sister café, Thierry located on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver. The macaroons might just transport you to the streets of Paris.
For wine lovers, the restaurants deep wine collection is pure originality. Different styles and varieties are handpicked by sommeliers to pair with the seasonal menu. Top champagne and sparkling wines range from European estates to local wineries. Blue Water Café takes pride in its local variety showcasing some of the best wines B.C. has to offer.
Don’t be surprised if Robert De Niro walks past your table, as Blue Water Café is a favorite among celebrities. But don’t worry, the relaxed atmosphere inside the restaurant has you fitting in among the rich and famous.
After a delicious dining experience, the distinctive service at Blue Water Café confirms why it was awarded “Best Formal Restaurant.” The friendly attitude, culinary intelligence and dotting service classify this restaurant with the most exceptional service. And the cuisine reins supreme after being chosen as the “Best Seafood” in the 2011 Vancouver magazine.
See for yourself the next time you are looking for fine dining in Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown.
Location: 1905 Hamilton Street at Helmcken, Yaletown
Price Range: Main Courses between C$28-C$30
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