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My friend, who is a mama now, was planning to leave here for one year, and she and her parents invited me and the other friend for dinner out. There were only a few weeks left before she left, so we set a date in the middle of September.

The place we went was Fishworks where she tried a couple of times with me and liked, and she wanted to take her parents. As its name, it is a seafood restaurant. They are located in Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. You can walk from Lonsdale Quay Seabus station.

Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar at Fishworks in North Vancouver Oyster Bar at Fishworks in North Vancouver

That day, there were two kinds of oysters, one was Stellar Bay Gold, and the other was Barron Point. Unfortunately, my favorite, Kusshi, wasn’t in season.

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at Fishworks in North Vancouver

We ordered some appy to share and an entree per person.

Seared Scallops
(Garlic, ginger, and soya marinated Eggplant, toasted cashews)

Seared Scallops at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Dungeness Crab Cakes
(Wasabi-Lime Mayonnaise)

Dungeness Crab Cakes at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Both appetizers tasted great as usual.

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Stellar Bay Gold)

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Stellar Bay Gold) at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Barron Point)

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Barron Point) at Fishworks in North Vancouver

The first one was buttery like Miyagi, and the second one was a bit bitter. It is fun to compare to eat. ūüôā

Whole Fish (Sea Bream)

Whole Fish (Sea Bream) at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Wow! It looks good, doesn’t it? Her mom ordered this, and I tasted some and really liked it. It was fresh and cooked perfectly that you can actually taste the originate fish taste.

Fishworks Paella
(Saffron rice, Clams, Chorizo, Honey Mussels, Organic Chicken, Prawns)

Fishworks Paella at Fishworks in North Vancouver

This is what her dad ordered, and again I tasted some. I preferred the rice more al dente, but the taste was fine.

Sockeye Salmon Wellington
(Cranberry-almond crust in Crispy Phyllo, pistachio pesto)

Sockeye Salmon Wellington at Fishworks in North Vancouver

I have eaten this before, and it tasted so good. My friend, who invited us, ordered this and enjoyed it.

Halibut Poutine
(Goat cheese gravy, garlic confit, Sun-dried Tomato, balsamic)

Halibut Poutine at Fishworks in North Vancouver

I also have eaten this before, and the halibut was thick and tasted good, too. The order friend enjoyed it, but it seemed a bit bigger for her stomach.

My choice, Egmont White Sturgeon
(Butternut squash, Mushroom duxelles, smoked pancetta)

Egmont White Sturgeon at Fishworks in North Vancouver

This mushroom duxelles was amazingly good! The fish was firmer and less fatter than I thought. The pancetta was a bit too much for me. This was a huge meal.

At the last, some of us ordered dessert.

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Overall, I’m glad that her parents really enjoyed the seafood in this restaurant, and we had a great time.

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Fishworks

Address: 91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Two blocks from Seabus Lonsdale Quay station)
TEL: 778-340-3449
Facebook: page (Login required to access)
Twitter: @fishworkslolo
Urbanspoon: page
Reservation: accepted on Urbanspoon

Lunch
[Mon-Fri] 11:30 – 14:30

Dinner
[Mon-Sun] 17:00 – late

Price Note
– Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Stellar Bay Gold) $15.00
– Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Barron Point) $10.00
– Seared Scallops $14.00
–¬†Dungeness Crab Cakes $12.00
– Whole Fish (Sea Bream) MP
– Fishworks Paella $26.00
– Sockeye Salmon Wellington $20.00
– Halibut Poutine $24.00
– Egmont White Sturgeon $29.00
–¬†Creme Brulee $6.50
– Chocolate Mousse $6.50

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We usually have a dine-out for dinner, when one of our close¬†friends’ birthday comes up. In September, there are two of our friends, whose birthday was coming up. However, one of them is a newly mom. I asked her if she can come out, asking her parents to watch her baby or taking her baby to a restaurant, or if it would be better to have a party at her place so that she can watch her baby. Her preference was the latter.

So, I budgeted with another friend and chose restaurants and menu. As the date was set on a weekday, I asked Collin to pick up everything. (Well, he agreed!) Here are where he went: Whole Foods, Shanghai Xiao¬†Long Bao, Mogu, and Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine. Choosing dishes was the tough part, because another birthday friend doesn’t eat seafood and it had to be within a budget, unlike we pay whatever at a restaurant.

Tada~! This is all food.

Food from Shanghai Xiao Long Bao, Mogu, Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Vancouver

Kusshi Oyster from Whole Foods

Kusshi Oyster from Whole Foods

Collin shucked the oysters at the birthday girl’s place. He prepared mignonette at our house, before he went shopping. Everybody (except the birthday boy) enjoyed the oysters with the mignonette.

Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces), Kung Pao Chicken, Sautéed Pea Sprouts

Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces), Kung Pao Chicken, Sautéed Pea Sprouts from Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant in Vancouver

Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant is on Richards street and a couple of blocks away from Waterfront station. Collin and I liked their Xiao Long Bao last time, so I included it in the order. Also Kung Pao chicken, which is diced Chicken with peanut in spicy sauce. In addition, I asked Collin to get some veggies. We all enjoyed their food.

Two Regular Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage

Two Regular Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage from Mogu Japanese Street Eats in Vancouver

As the birthday girl had told me that she wanted to eat their food again and the birthday boy likes Karaage, I put it in the list. I sent an email to them in advance and asked where to catch them and the closing time for that day.

Roti Canai and Satay

Roti Canai and Satay from Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Vancouver

Hot Sour Soup, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng

Hot Sour Soup, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng from Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Vancouver

There¬†are no specific reasons¬†why I chose this restaurant. The birthday girl requested no Japanese food, and the birthday boy likes Chinese food except seafood, and¬†I just wanted to choose something that both birthday friends would love but that we can take out.¬†I remembered the girls wanted to order hot sour soup when we had a birthday dinner in a Thai restaurant for one of us, but we didn’t order and it could be nice to have some this time. Since Collin picked up the oysters at Whole Foods, he ordered from the restaurant on Broadway.

Here was a predicted incident happened! I had given him¬†a list of all orders, and when he¬†came back from some of the pick-ups,¬†he said he had lost the¬†paper. I¬†had written some notes precisely for this restaurant, as I knew he would need to confirm.¬†Since¬†I was working, I told him what to order¬†orally instead of re-writing. When he came back again and I checked the receipt, the satay was ordered¬†for 4 skewers with one¬†each kind! Oh no! What I wanted to ordered was 4 skewers per each kind! Well, at the end of the day, there were enough food on the table, although we couldn’t taste each kind of satay.

And, there was another mistake, which was my fault! I thought the birthday boy can eat shrimp, but apparently he doesn’t eat! He is not allergic, but he just doesn’t. Sorry to him.

Whole Foods on Cambie

Address: 510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close from Broadway-City Hall Station)
TEL: 778-370-4210
Facebook: page
Twitter: @Whole_Foods_Van

Store Hour
7:00 – 22:00 daily

Price Note
– Kusshi Oyster $2.00 each

Shanghai Xiao Long Bao Restaurant

Address: 469 Richards Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Hastings and Pender streets)
TEL: 604-669-8816
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
10:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00 daily

Price Note
– Pan-fried Pork Bun (6 pieces) $6.99 each
– Diced Chicken with Peanut in Spicy Sauce (Kung Pao Chicken) $12.99
РSautéed Pea Sprouts $12.99

Mogu Japanese Street Eats

Address: 610 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Dunsmuir street)
TEL: 604-764-7977
Facebook: page
Twitter: @eatmogu
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 15:00
*Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
Event schedule: check on the app

Price Note
РRegular Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage $7.50 each (inc. tax)

Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Broadway

Address: 820 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At Willow Street)
TEL: 604-731-6333
Facebook: page
Twitter: @BananaLeafVan
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 14:30
[Sat – Sun] 12:00 – 15:00

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:00 – 22:00
[Fri – Sat] 17:00 – 22:30

Price Note
– Roti Canai $10.50 each
– Satay Chicken $1.75
– Satay Beef $1.75
– Satay Lamb $1.75
– Satay Pork $1.75
–¬†Hot Sour Soup Bowl¬†$6.00 each
–¬†Mee Goreng¬†$13.00
–¬†Nasi Goreng¬†$13.00

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By the time I got donuts as wished, it was 6 o’clock. Since I was tired from hiking, I thought I might as well have small bite there, otherwise, my dinner would be 8 or 9pm at home. Wearing hiking outfits with some dirt, I didn’t want to go to any fancy or big places.

Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe was the best choice in that case. Their place is like a cozy cafe but serves proper meal and alcohol as well. Besides, the menu says best fish & chips. It is close to the entrance of Granville Island.

I ordered from their regular menu.

Granville Island White Clam Chowder (cup)

Granville Island White Clam Chowder (cup) at Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe on Granville Island

One Piece Cod Fish & Chips
(served with Coleslaw and Tartar Sauce)

One Piece Cod Fish & Chips at Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe on Granville Island

I was planning to have small bites, but I ended up ordering both, which totally filled up my stomach. Well, a good thing was that I didn’t need to make dinner at home. ūüôā

Unfortunately, their best fish & chips wasn’t the best for me. I removed greasy and thick dough quite a bit and also the fish was pretty dry.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe

Address: 1511 Anderson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(50 m from the entrance of Granville Island under the bridge)
TEL: 604-683-7127
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner

*Spring / Summer
[Mon – Sat] 11:30 – 20:30
[Sun] 11:30 – 20:00
* Fall / Winter
[Mon – Sat] 11:30 – 20:00
[Sun] 11:30 – 19:00

Price Note
–¬†Granville Island White Clam Chowder (cup) $4.29
– One Piece Cod Fish & Chips $7.99

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