Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, Yaletown’s elegant seafood destination and one of North America’s finest seafood restaurants, is wowing diners with their 2013 Unsung Heroes menu, available now through February 28. The annual Unsung Heroes festival puts the spotlight on underutilized sustainable seafood such as mackerel, herring, jellyfish, red sea urchin – instead of the usual arctic char, sablefish, tuna etc.
Blue Water’s goal? To make diners aware of tasty species we don’t often order. Under the expert care of Chef Frank Pabst, who’s worked at Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Germany and France, oft-overlooked B.C. fish truly shine.
I took my mackerel-loving Norwegian husband along to try the Unsung Heroes sharing plates. Obviously, he was pre-inclined to love the menu. And – HOLY MACKEREL – did he ever. As for me, it was quite possibly the best meal (and certainly one of the most surprising meals) I’ve had in Vancouver to date. I’ll happily sing for yesterday’s supper.
The sharing plates range from $9.50 to $12.50. Delicate white anchovies enhanced roasted red pepper bruschetta with mozzarella. Adventurously, Blue Water paired the bruschetta with Alvear Amontillado sherry – a spot-on choice. I was surprised to get hooked on salty herring roe taramosalata with grilled flatbread paired with Russian Valley brut. Beware Caspian caviar and French bubbly – this is the local, authentic deal. (Ample food porn after the jump.) Continue reading:
Blue Water Cafe Wows With Their 2013 “Unsung Heroes” Sustainable Seafood Menu