Restaurants · Seafood · Vancouver/Richmond

Vancouver – Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Our last full day in Vancouver. Beep Beep, L and I checked out Granville Island. I showed L around my old stomping grounds. The art school that rejected my application. The playhouse my elementary school would take us to watch the Christmas Carol. The Lobster Man, where I experimented with shucking oysters. Then we walked around the food market where I use to buy my ravioli, pates and organic hot chocolate. L suggested at the end of the tour we sit down for a pint at the Granville Island Brewery.

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The brewery is a small room with a view of the machinery and retail store. Personally, I don’t like Granville Island beer. I find most of the flavours weak, watery and artificial tasting. Afterwards, L said he felt like raw oysters at Rodney’s in Yaletown. I wanted to try a new oyster place that opened up – Fanny Bay Oyster Bar on Cambie Street. L reiterated that he wanted to go to Rodney’s. I said a little white lie to get my way. I told him Fanny Bay Oyster was cheaper than Rodney’s. Ha! Worked like a charm. For this post, let’s listen to Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.

Fanny Bay also sells their seafood in their market section. I noticed trays of oysters for sale, as well as lobsters, containers of shucked oysters and frozen crab legs.
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The restaurant is roomier than Rodney’s. Service was very good. We were checked on often and the bartenders have a heavy hand when it comes to their wine pours. Happy hour is between 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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We ordered two dozen oysters ($1.50 each/hh), a plate of fried oysters ($13/hh), white wine ($6.50) and a 14-ounce of Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears Rube Ale ($5).
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The fried oysters came first. Most of the oysters were overcooked, resulting in a rubbery, dry texture. There was one oyster that was properly cooked and that was good. The center was still soft and creamy, tasting of the ocean. I liked the house made coleslaw – the shredded cabbage was crunchy and lightly dressed.

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The raw oysters were delicious. Each oyster was nice and cold. So delicious, I chewed as slowly as I could to enjoy the slightly salty, plump sweet morsels. Fanny Bay oysters have a pleasant aftertaste – a bit like cucumbers.

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We received a shallot mignonette, but I preferred just a squeeze of lemon, hot sauce and touch of horseradish.

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You can get $1.50 oysters in a few places in Calgary, but none taste like this since Full Circle closed. Earlier that day I walked into the Lobster Man on Granville Island. Their oysters cost $1.50 and up and you have to shuck them yourselves. Do you know how much work goes into shucking? Too much for me.  I give Oyster Bay Bar’s raw oysters two fat thumbs up.

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