We are back from our 9th annual eat‘em-up weekend in Vancouver. Of course, we were there to re-visit some of our favorite restaurants, but also to try out some new dining spots. On this trip, Nov 11th to the 14th, we decided on trying our luck with a chain eatery called “The Boathouse” specifically the beach avenue location.
The atmosphere was promising; it definitely had a top shelf, expensive feel to it. Even though we were told that it was a casual dining affair, and there were a few blue-jean wearing patrons there, it had all the markings of a classy place to eat.
Unfortunately, that is where all the positives of this place ended. We had originally picked out this particular restaurant to be where we could get the best of West coast seafood. But it was far from that. The menu only had one type of crab, Alaskan King. No Snow, No Dungeness, just the same Alaskan King that EVERY restaurant has. We travelled a 1000km to eat a variety of west coast crustaceans, and the menu had the same steak/lobster, steak/crab that we could get in Edmonton at the Keg… and for the same price! We ordered the Mussels, clam, lobster and crab (All with steak and trimmings) and not one dish stood out. Even the butter-dipping dishes were disappointing, one would not stay lit and one was so low that there was not enough heat to keep the butter melted, we all ended up using my candle/butter device.
However, they did have oysters, (one of the other main reasons we go to Vancouver). Again, disappointment! The Oysters were stale and muddy. And some of them were off, by “off,” I mean on the verge of being rotten. Again, WE KNOW OYSTERS, this is far from our first time with them, by this point in our trip we had already gone through 3 or 4 DOZEN. And we have gone through 100+ samples per trip, for the last 9 years.
We ate everything on our plate, paid the $200+ bill and caught a cab straight to another restaurant called, “Oysi Oysi”… to have some of their oysters, which we knew to be superior and to get the rotten oyster taste out of our mouths.
1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Y9, CA