Although Bridges usually isn't on lists of recommended restaurants, we decided to go there during a 4 day vacation mostly for sentimental reasons. Of the meals we had in Vancouver, I'd have to rate Bridges as the best. We also ate at Raincity Grill, CinCin, Jako Sushi bar and Sandbar.
Our meals at Bridges were mostly fresh, simply prepared seafood. Raw oysters appetizer was very fresh and delicate flavoured. Prawns had a nicely balanced mango and candied ginger salsa. Whole dungeness crab was more than 2 of our diners could eat despite trying. The halibut was perfectly cooked. Creme brulee was very good and the hazelnut torte was devoured before I got a taste. The contrast with the Sandbar was noticable in the freshness of the ingredients. I was particularly disappointed with Sandbar's clam chowder which had a lot of vegetables and didn't taste of clams.
Raincity Grill was also good but not as memorable. The octopus starter was tender but bland and the onions were too strongly marinated in vinegar. The grilled caeser salad an interesting twist but not outstanding. Ciocchetti was very tasty. The couscous dish seemed a bit out of balance with the rather heavy chevre. The chocolate dessert, however, was inhaled by those who ordered it. We might have enjoyed Raincity Grill more if we hadn't eaten so much sushi for lunch.