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A Look Into Granville Island’s Dine Out Vancouver Scene

Photo: Vancouver Fish Company/Meagan Gill

Dockside Restaurant
Photo: Dockside Restaurant/Meagan Gill

Granville Island is bustling with arts, culture, and enticing eats.

Dine Out Vancouver, the highly-anticipated festival kicks off Jan. 20th and runs until Feb. 5th.

The festival celebrates food by restaurants bringing an abundance of cuisine to the forefront by offering prix-fixe menus curated just for the event.

More than 200 restaurants scattered across Metro Vancouver will be participating in this year’s festival—some of which are located on Granville Island.

Make a night of it and wander around the Island before grabbing some grub at one of the participating restaurants:

Afghan Horsemen Restaurant

As the first Afghan restaurant in Canada, they have held their reputation for being one of the best and most authentic local places for over 40 years. The dine out menu is for dinner only, costs $20 and includes:

Appetizer: Salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and feta cheese) or Potato Boulany (wheat crust stuffed with potatoes, sautéed onions and herbs) or Hummus (served with pita bread).

Entrée: Baked rice with kabuli, stewed vegetables, potato pakwra, with your choice of one of the following: Baked lamb shank, Lamb Shoulder or Chicken Kebab. Alternative is baked rice with kabuli, potato pakwra, with your choice of two of the following: Bedenjan borni (eggplant), Dahl (Lentil stew) or Aushak (ravioli).

Dessert: Firni – milk pudding with cardamom spice and pistachios.

Check them out at 202-1833 Anderson Street.

Dockside Restaurant

Conveniently located in the Granville Island Hotel, the eatery has one of the best patios in the city. They are known for their stunning views and spectacular food. The dine out menu is for dinner only, costs $40 and includes:

Appetizer: Dockside Crab & Shrimp Cakes (charred lemon aioli, mango salsa) or Duck Prosciutto Tart (onion jam, arugula & balsamic reduction) or Winter Green Salad (Manchego polenta croutons, French beans & herb vinaigrette).

Photo: Dockside Restaurant/Meagan Gill
Photo: Dockside Restaurant/Meagan Gill

Entrée: Linguini Vongole Manila Clams (white wine cream sauce, Reggiano cheese) or Roasted Zucchini (eggplant puree, cucumber and fennel salad with toasted pine nuts) or Beef Wellington (truffle mashed potatoes, market vegetables & red wine jus).

Photo: Dockside Restaurant/Meagan Gill
Photo: Dockside Restaurant/Meagan Gill

Dessert: Panna Cotta (lemon grass, lime leaf, passion fruit puree & mint) or Chocolate and Apricot Mousse Layer Cake (apricot puree & fresh berries).

Grab a bite at 1253 Johnston Street.

Bridges Restaurant

The iconic restaurant offers beautiful views of the city’s skyline and the boats in False Creek. The dine out menu is for dinner only, costs $40 and includes:

Appetizer: BC Mussels (tomato wine broth, chorizo, corn, cilantro) or Winter Salad (butter lettuce, radicchio, avocado, walnut, basil emulsion, poached prawns) or Cauliflower, Parsnip & Garlic Soup (pesto, almond, and parsley).

Entrée: Seared Steelhead or Sweet Potato Pie (goat cheese, thyme) or Grilled Flat Iron Steak (Madeira jus, chimichurri).

Dessert: Chocolate Fudge Cake or Chai Crème Brulee (pistachio biscotti) or Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Visit them at 1696 Duranleau Street.

Edible Canada At The Market

Known for creating dishes dedicated to using the highest quality culinary products from coast to coast. The dine out menu is for dinner only, costs $30 (some additional charges for add-ons as indicated below):

Appetizer: Hazelmere Roasted Carrot Soup (cumin, pasilla chili, buttermilk) or Pacific Cod and Pemberton Potato Pakoras (jalapeño apple chutney, fresh mint and pickles) or Hazelmere Kale Salad (puffed wild rice, pickled beets, butternut squash, tahini apple cider vinaigrette) Or Crispy West Coast Humbolt Squid (chermoula vinaigrette, white bean hummus, dried olives add $3) Or Grilled Alberta Lamb Heart (Gaujillo adobo, cilantro, hominy corn grits add $4 GF) Or Rangeland Bison Tartar (Japanese mustard, fir tip aioli, root vegetable chips add $5).

Edible Canada Granville Island
Photo: Edible Canada/Meagan Gill

Entrée: Honey Butter Basted Fried Chicken (homemade hot sauce, smashed potato, kolrabi slaw) or Prairie Farro Risotto (local seasonal mushrooms, roasted squash, pecorino) or Haida Gwaii Rockfish & Mussel Stew (Moroccan tomato broth, heirloom carrots, chickpeas, cilantro) or Newfoundland Seal Pappardelle (guanciale-style cured pork cheek, tomato, chilli, marjoram add $3) or Quebec Rabbit Orecchiette (mushrooms, confit onions, shaved brussels sprouts, parmesan add $4) or Char Grilled Alberta Hanger Steak (chimichurri, panisse, garlic purée, grilled tomato add $6).

Edible Canada Granville Island
Photo: Edible Canada/Meagan Gill

Dessert: Chocolate Pot du Crème (cassis, crystallized ginger), or Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding (maple bourbon custard, candied walnuts).

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

The Granville Island Keg was the fifth of the chain to open its doors. The dine out menu is for dinner only, costs $40 and includes:

Appetizer: Baked Garlic Shrimp or Keg Caesar Salad or Wild Mushroom Soup

Entrée: Prime Rib (12 oz, horseradish, red wine herb jus, garlic mashed potatoes) or New York Steak (12 oz, baked potato), or The Keg Oscar (choice of sirloin, 6 oz, or supreme chicken breast, garlic mashed potato, scallops, shrimp, asparagus, bernaise sauce) or Honey Glazed Salman (asiago rice, asparagus, honey lime butter).

Dessert: Billy Miner Pie (mocha ice cream, chocolate crust, hot fudge, caramel and almonds) or Cheesecake (Bing cherry topping) or Spanish Coffee (dark cacao and coffee).

Visit them at 1499 Anderson Street.

The Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar

Serving fresh seafood, this is the place to be if you are craving fish. The dine out menu is for lunch ($29) and dinner ($40). The dinner menu includes:

Appetizer: VFC seafood chowder (fresh seafood, fresh clams, thyme cream, bacon) or Humboldt Squid Salad (grilled local humobldt squid, arugula, roasted tomato, fresh herbs, preserved lemon vinaigrette, black olive tuile) or Maple Walnut Prawns (seaweed salad, maple, spiced walnuts).

Photo: Vancouver Fish Company/Meagan Gill
Photo: Vancouver Fish Company/Meagan Gill

Entrée: Thai Chicken Curry (braised chicken, scented basmati rice, coconut curry sauce, julienne vegetables, roasted peanuts, cilantro) or Crab-Stuffed Sole Wellington (sole, crab meat, cream cheese, puff pastry, braised kale, lobster) or Steak Oscar (seared skirt steak, crab meat, baby shrimp, farm vegetables, garlic confit mashed potatoes, bernaise, peppercorn jus).

Vancouver Fish Company
Photo: Vancouver Fish Company/Meagan Gill

Dessert: Apple Bread Pudding (warm bread pudding, caramel sauce, spiced walnuts) or Mango Sorbet (coconut cream, lime dust).

Check them out at 1517 Anderson Street.

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

Enjoy fresh seafood while enjoying an incredible waterfront view. The dine out menu is for lunch/dinner, costs $30, and includes:

Appetizer: Sandbar Clam Chowder or Harvest Salad (roasted beets and yams, brussel sprouts, candied pecans, goat cheese) or Fish Croquette (salmon, black cod, tuna, rice, aioli).

Entrée: Alder Wood Grilled Arctic Char (coconut rice, market vegetables, citrus butter sauce) or Bouillabaisse Tomato Fennel Broth (clams, mussels, fish, prawns, scallop, crostini) or Forno Roasted Chicken (baby potato, market vegetables, mushroom demi)

Dessert: Chocolate Truffle Cake with raspberry coulis or Coconut Tart with caramel sauce.

Grab a bite at 1535 Johnston Street.

There will also be a special Art, Eat and Sip night on Jan. 25th in Granville Island as a part of the festival. The event is a self-guided tour of food, drinks and you guessed it—art.

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