Where to Eat the Freshest Seafood in Vancouver
In July, my soul sister, Janice, got married in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada, and I was lucky enough to be part of the wedding. It was romantic, mystical, beautiful, etc. etc. etc., but above all, the food was one of the best fine dining experiences I had in the awhile.
I tasted flavors I’ve never seen mixed together on one dish like white chocolate and prawn, and was more than pleasantly surprised with the experimentation.
Who would’ve thought– wedding food can be out of this world delicious?
Anyways, my husband couldn’t make it with me to the wedding so I got to do a solo female trip in Vancouver. I stayed in a hostel like I was 20 years old again, saw Taylor Swift and Vance Joy because a college buddy of mine was playing with Vance Joy, and of course, ate, ate, and ate.
I read that Vancouver is the place for the freshest seafood so I had my heart set out on finding some yummy, fresh sushi. As soon as I landed, I got settled into my hostel then headed out to Kaide Sushi Bar in Yaletown, the first of my weekend fresh seafood buffet.
Here’s where to eat seafood in Vancouver, BC:
Where to Eat Seafood in Vancouver #1
–Kaide Sushi Bar: for wild caught sushi–
When it comes to sushi, I would describe myself as a traditionalist or minimalist. I like my fish either by itself as sashimi or with a little bit of rice as sushi.
I’m NOT into these crazy combos at a lot of sushi places that involve cream cheese, layers of different fishes, and deed fried concoctions although… I won’t oppose a tempura shrimp roll every now and then!
I want to taste the fish and appreciate it instead of masking it with a few other unnecessary ingredients so when I search for a sushi, I look for exactly what I want: fresh fish, clean cuts, and properly cooked and seasoned rice.
Cue Kaide Sushi!
Kaide Sushi is not one of the best marinated sushis I’ve eaten, but it definitely is one of the freshest and of great quality so, by default, it tastes great even without the extra marinade I’d like.
Chew the World explains better than me what sushi is supposed to taste like.
They only serve wild sockeye salmon, wild albacore tuna, and for their specials, what’s caught and available for the day!
On top of the freshness, the cost of the meal, plus the exchange rate, is ridiculously reasonable for what you get. I ordered à la carte, left stuffed, and only paid $25.78 Canadian dollars for 9 pieces of sushi.
If you’re not a sushi purist like me, they do have regular rolls on the menu so definitely check out this place regardless of what type of sushi eater you are.
I came back here twice because after going to two other sushi places in the same price point because Kaide Sushi is where its at!
I recommend: Definitely get anything with wild caught salmon and tuna. Also, try the sushis on their specials board ’cause it’s also fresh for the day.
Price: about 15-30 CAD per person depending on how hungry you are
Location: 1375 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2X6, Canada | +1 604-681-5886
Where to Eat Seafood in Vancouver #2
–À la Mode: for Clam Chowder Pot Pie–
One of the perks of traveling solo is doing what you want whenever you want, and that’s exactly what I did at Granville Market. I spent two hours there just circling around every vendor at least four times.
With just myself eating, I had to be really careful on what I picked so I could taste as much as possible without getting too full fast. It’s all about strategy!
I settled on fried fish, clam chowder pot pie, and a dessert, but the winner was clearly the clam chowder pot pie from À la Mode.
The creamy broth was full of savory herbs like thyme that complemented the many pieces of fresh clams in the chowder.
Freshest of the fresh is obviously the theme for seafood here.
And the crust of the pie wasn’t just any dough covering the soup. It was a flaky, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth croissant, and one of the better croissants I’ve had although it wasn’t in croissant form.
I recommend: the Clam Chowder Pot Pie
Price: 9 CAD
Location: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC, Canada | +1 604-685-8335
Where to Eat Seafood in Vancouver #3
–Rodney’s Oyster House: for anything seafood–
I totally failed with this place to get any photos ‘cept this one of the last bite of raw scallop, but don’t let the nonexistent food porn deter you from this place.
This is definitely a must try for raw oysters, raw scallops, and a Bloody Ceasar, which is Vancouver’s twist on the Bloody Mary. It’s made with clam juice instead tomato juice and comes with a succulent shrimp on top!
To be honest, I’m not the biggest oyster fan and am not one of those people who can eat 20 in a row, but I can appreciate when I have a good one, and the ones here are great because of the freshness and variety. The oysters come with at least five sauces too so you can really adjust it to your taste.
Besides oysters, there’s every other fish in the sea.
We were really lucky to get the last of the raw scallops (last bite pictured above), and I loved how the server made us wait to eat them ’till he had a second to come back with his special sauce concoction.
When restaurants tell the customers the proper way to eat, it makes me feel really certain about what I’m eating– if that makes sense because I can’t really describe the feeling.
Throughout the meal, we got several Bloody Ceasars, which had plenty of spice and kick along with a succulent piece of shrimp on top.
I recommend: the oysters with their endless sauce choices, a Bloody Ceasar (or two) and the raw scallops if they’re available
Price: about 30-50 CAD per person
Location: 1228 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L2, Canada | +1 604-609-0080
–Recap of Where to Eat Seafood in Vancouver–
As a recap, here’s where to eat seafood in Vancouver:
Do you have any recommendations on where to eat seafood in Vancouver or where to anything anywhere? Comment below!
See you soon! xo.