ChowDown Vancouver: Fish with flare!

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Olympic tourists will have plenty to chose from when it comes to good seafood. Photo: Enroute Magazine

As a west coast city, Vancouver is blessed with both the ocean and the mountains. For seafood lovers, Vancouver hits a home run for freshness, quality and variety. Our local fish markets are teaming with fresh fish just waiting to be savoured. If you have a chance, take the kids to visit fisherman’s wharf at Steveston – when the fishing boats are in they’ll enjoy the hustle of buyers negotiating for sharks, crab and shrimp while you can choose from any variety of fresh fish or enjoy a meal at a local spot. Closer to home you can witness the abundant seafood available off our coast at the many seafood stalls at the Granville Island Public Market.

One of my favorite places to indulge in seafood is at Go Fish, a casual take out at the public fish sales docks in False Creek near Granville Island. It's a little tricky to find so ask any of the locals for directions. This little stand prides itself on using locally caught cod, salmon, halibut and various other shellfish, all of which are acquired straight from the fishing boats that ply our harbour. It's the little touches that make this place unique such as the bamboo baskets that the fish and chips are presented in.

Pay particular attention to the coleslaw that accompanies your order as it has a much lighter Asian slant than what you’d find elsewhere. Besides the amazing fish and chips, try the seared tuna tacones, a Qualicum beach scallop sandwich and oyster po'boys. After grabbing your order, sit at a table on the small patio or find a seat on the benches or the seawall to watch the harbour activity while you eat. The closest free venues are all located on Granville Island. They include the House of Switzerland, Place de la Francophonie 2010 and Atlantic Canada House.

Go Fish, 1504 West First Avenue, Vancouver, BC, 604-730-5040; Mon. to Fri. 11:30am - 6:30pm, Sat. to Sun. 12:00pm - 6:30pm; Lunch $10/person. Click here for directions. Close to House of Switzerland, Atlantic Canada House, and Place de la Francophonie

One of the best places to showcase our great seafood is a dinner restaurant that offers spectacular views of the city. It's a bit pricey, but well worth the extra dollars. Close to the Cypress mountain venue, Fraiche epitomizes the meaning of West Coast cuisine. While everything here is excellent, the seafood choices excel. You can't go wrong by starting with the dungeness crab cake (with bouillabaisse, crab and avocado salad, micro greens) or the smoked black cod (with sweet corn risotto, preserved lemon, Shimijis mushrooms). Mains such as the lobster and truffle-soya glazed sablefish (with herbed Israeli couscous risotto, truffle jus) will have you drooling for more. For dessert, the Mascarpone and Salt Caramel Tart (spiced quince, mascarpone and salt caramel with ginger lemongrass ice cream) is particularly outstanding. The closest free venues are the West Vancouver Spirit Square and the Park Royal WinterFest.

Fraiche, 2240 Chippendale Rd, West Vancouver, BC, 604-925-7595; Dinner Tues-Sunday 5pm-10pm, Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm,Brunch Sat-Sun 11am-3pm; Dinner $70/person. Click here for directions. Close to Cypress Ski Hill, and West Vancouver Spirit Square.

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