The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

Along with the Dockside Restaurant, one of our favourite dining spots in Granville Island is The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant.  I know it may sound strange since The Sandbar specializes in seafood, but I had a really great dish of lamb here once.  Tonight, however, we were going for an all-seafood-fest.

It’s pretty dark in here at night so apologies in advance for the grainy cell phone pics.

We started out with the Dragon Boat Platter which has a selection of their signature tapas:  vegetable spring rolls, wok squid with chilies, garlic, cilantro, and ginger, crispy fried oysters with aioli and tobiko, BBQ ribs, and potstickers.

The ribs weren’t as melt-in-your-mouth tender as I would have liked but everthing else was great… especially the tender squid and the yummy oysters.

The freshly baked bread was warm and soft on the inside and crusty on the outside… I love how butter melts on warm bread.

The Seafood Hot Pot is a cornucopia of prawns, scallops, mussels, clams and veggies in a rich red curry sauce.  The sauce is perfect for dipping the freshly baked bread.

As I said earlier, this was a seafood fest and we also got the Market Fresh Halibut served with veggies and rice.  The rice was a bit dry (but that was easily corrected with the addition of some of the red curry sauce from the Seafood Hot Pot).  This was a really large piece of halibut and was very filling.

We finished off our very filling meal with the Trio of Sorbet which included pomegranate, kiwi, and mango.  The sorbet was extremely smooth and refreshing and the fruit flavours were perfect.

Our server, Tanis, was great.  I know refilling water glasses seems like a very simple thing but so many restaurants don’t get it right so I really appreciate it when our servers comes by and refills out glasses without having to be asked.

A great thing about dining at Granville Island is that you can try and walk off some of the food along the scenic boardwalk.  These are the house boats near Pier 32 which you see quite frequently on various tv shows and movies.

Is it me or doesn’t this picture remind you of the scene from Gilligan’s Island before the S.S. Minnow goes on a 3 hour tour?

Hey, I think we found the Lagoon at Gilligan’s Island!

Okay, to make up for some of the grainy pictures, here are some pics we took on a previous visit…

Again, the bread is awesome and always fresh.

I believe this was mushroom soup that we had.

This is a better picture of the oysters that we had with the chili lime aioli and tobiko.

Doesn’t these eggs benny look perfect?  They tasted great too!

And fish and chips served in a traditional newspaper wrapping.  I really like the fish and chips both here and at The Dockside.

Are you hungry now?  What are you waiting for… head on over and check them out!

Food:  5 / 5
Service:  5 / 5

1535 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC

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Posted on July 21, 2011, in Restaurant Review, Seafood, West Coast and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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