Crab feast! Dig into 2 summer seafood boils in Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Pier 7 Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Pier 7 Restaurant

It’s summertime and the living is easy. Everything is more casual this time of year, including seafood suppers.

Sure, you could catch and cook your own crab. But you can also let somebody else do it for you, and have them pour out the ready-to-eat feast straight onto the table.

At least two Vancouver restaurants are offering special seafood boils over these hot summer months.

Photo courtesy of Pier 7 Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Pier 7 Restaurant

Located right on the water in North Vancouver, Pier 7 Restaurant + Bar couldn’t get much closer to the ocean. The patio looks out to a view of downtown Vancouver, and you can watch the Sea Bus making its run between the two shores.

All year (not just during summer), Pier 7 offers a Thursday night special from 5 p.m. Dubbed the Boil, the light meal consists of a net full of snow crab, Dungeness crab, prawns, mussels, clams, calamari, potatoes, okra, grilled corn cobs, and chorizo sausage that is boiled to order in the kitchen.

The server brings the net straight to the table, cuts off the top, and empties it all into a large pan. There, it’s seasoned and tossed and set down for all to dig in, family-style.

The Boil comes with bread, melted butter and utensils to make quick work of the shells–and a lobster bib, of course!

The Boil is meant to be shared between two people and costs $25 per person.

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

In downtown Vancouver at the Sutton Place Hotel, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is launching its first Sunday Seafood Boil Series on July 19.

The feast will take place on the restaurant’s wraparound patio every Sunday at 6 p.m. through to August 30.

Limited to 24 seats at each event, the meal includes crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels and Dungeness crab. It’s served in a traditional East Coast-style piled high on butcher’s paper and comes with choice of drawn garlic butter, spicy remoulade, green goddess sauce, or crumbled chorizo sofrito. Bacon and jalapeño jack cornbread comes with.

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Photo courtesy of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

This is a three-course meal, with an iceberg wedge salad to start and blueberry crumble with elderflower ice cream to finish. It costs $49 per person, with a two-person minimum.

Tickets for July 19 and 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 are available online. Ten percent of all ticket sales will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.

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One Response to Crab feast! Dig into 2 summer seafood boils in Vancouver

  1. Wow this post is mouthwatering! I love Dungeness crab and I will certainly try out The Boil next time I’m in Vancouver. I was wondering if you know the laws for crabbing in Vancouver because I would love to catch some myself if I can get a permit. I’m from the Eastern United States so I don’t know if it would be expensive to get a permit in Vancouver but if you have any information let me know!