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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. 🙂

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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Having a long meeting day (meeting after another), Collin sent me a text, saying come to the restaurant for dinner around 7. I thought he was going out for dinner with his father and family. Although I was still busy, I thought I needed to refresh my head, so I told him I would.

The restaurant he made a reservation was L’Abattoir in Gastown. It was in our wish list for a long time but didn’t have a chance to go even Dine Out event. My friend went to Dine Out, and she wasn’t impressed than she expected, so I was excited half and hesitated half to try out.

I don’t know if they change menu periodically. The menu on their website is different from what we saw. The picture of the menu is at the bottom.

My choice, Raspberry Lemonade (Fresh Juice)

Raspberry Lemonade at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Fresh raspberry smoothie and lemonade gives little sourness. I usually don’t like sour, but this one was just right for me.

Collin’s choice, Gin & Grapefruit

Gin & Grapefruit at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Anchovy twist, bacon brioche, and caraway flatbread. They served warm, which was nice.

Spring Salad
(Lettuce, Vegetables, Tallegio Croutons)

Spring Salad at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Warm Steelhead and Crunchy Potato Salad
(Ramps, Horseradish, Dill)

Warm Steelhead and Crunchy Potato Salad at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

This is from warm appy. I got some bite from Collin, and the steelhead was cooked perfectly!

Smoked Sturgeon with Fava Beans
(Grapefruit, Avocado, Mint)

Smoked Sturgeon with Fava Beans at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

This is from cold appy. Ow, I love fava beans! Well, the whole dish was great.

Steak Diane
(Charred Onions, Potato Fundant, Peppercorn Condiment)

Steak Diane at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

I had some bite from Collin. The steak was good. The triangle ones are made by potato.

Fillet of Pacific Halibut with a Parsley Crust
(Mussels, Potato, Artichoke)

Fillet of Pacific Halibut with a Parsley Crust at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Wow, the halibut was like silk, beautifully cooked. I should have taken a picture when I cut. The piece was quite big, and I enjoyed that.

I’m gonna tell my friend that she should come again on a regular day!

L’Abattoir

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Blood Alley Square and Powell Street)
TEL: 604-568-1701
Facebook: page
Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
17:30 – 23:45 daily

Menu

Menu at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Price Note
– Raspberry Lemonade Unknown
– Gin & Grapefruit Unknown
– Spring Salad $14.00
– Warm Steelhead and Crunchy Potato Salad $15.00
– Smoked Sturgeon with Fava Beans $16.00
– Steak Diane $30.00
– Fillet of Pacific Halibut with a Parsley Crust $30.00

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At the beginning of this month, I happened to look at their site and found that there was a spacial dinner for 3rd Annual Oceanwise Celebration at Trafalgars Bistro in Kitsilano. I like seafood and thought 7-course dinner for $65 was good deal, so I emailed to one of my friends if she was interested.

I called them next day for a reservation, and I felt comfortable by talking with them, as I was on guard because I thought the restaurant was not casual. When I asked their dress code and if jeans were OK, she said, make sure the jeans were able to be stretched due to 7-course. 🙂

My friend ordered taster size (2 oz) of wine, and I ordered a glass of wine.

Table at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

A glass of white wine, Pinot Gris

A glass of white wine at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Amuse Bouche (Halibut fries)

Amuse Bouche at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Amuse Bouche at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Prawn Duo
(Terrine with black mayonnaise, Chorizo flavoured roll with house cocktail sauce)

Prawn Duo at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Prawn Chorizo flavoured roll with house cocktail sauce at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Prawn Terrine with black mayonnaise at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Scallop & Sea Urchin
(Kombu cured Scallop, Uni form)

Scallop & Sea Urchin at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Tuna Duo
(Salt cured Albacore tuna with Sturgeon caviar, Yellow Fin Ahi tuna tartare with quail’s egg)

Tuna Duo at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Salt cured Albacore tuna with Sturgeon caviar at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Sturgeon
(White bean puree, Puttanesca agnolotti, Pickled white asparagus)

Sturgeon, White bean puree, Puttanesca agnolotti, Pickled white asparagus at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

White bean puree, Puttanesca agnolotti at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Sturgeon, Pickled white asparagus at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Sockeye Salmon
(Bourbon & Maple Glazed, Seaweed potato chips, Carrot dill mousse)

Bourbon & Maple Glazed, Seaweed potato chips, Carrot dill mousse at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Bourbon & Maple Glazed, Seaweed potato chips, Carrot dill mousse at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Paella
(Rice, Turkey & Pork house-chorizo, Clams, Mussels, Fish)

Paella at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Paella at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Paella at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Dessert
(Lobster & Apple Pound Cake, Raisin Puree, Lobster infused Vanilla bean ice cream)

Lobster & Apple Pound Cake, Raisin Puree, Lobster infused Vanilla bean ice cream at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

Lobster & Apple Pound Cake, Raisin Puree, Lobster infused Vanilla bean ice cream at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver for Oceanwise Celebration

I enjoyed most of them.

Sockeye salmon was little sweet for me. Paella was like soup, which I’m not sure if it was supposed to be. Lobster in the pound cake was big pieces and it was interesting-weird taste. :O

I liked Uni form, though I’m not really a fan of Urchin. I don’t think I ever eat sturgeon before, but it tasted like between sable fish and cod. I just looked up what kind of fish it was, and it was surprising to me!

An extra picture of the restaurant.

Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Trafalgars Bistro

Address: 2603 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At Trafalgar Street)
TEL: 604-739-0555 ext.1
Facebook: page

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Fri] 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 23:00
[Sat] 10:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 23:00
[Sun] 10:00 – 15:00
*Closed: Sundays night

Menu for 3rd Annual Oceanwise Celebration

Oceanwise Celebration Menu at Trafalgars Bistro

Price Note
– A glass of white wine, Pentage Pinot Gris $10.75
– 2 oz taster of white wine, Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay $4.75
– Oceanwise Celebration 7-course $65.00

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