After a wedding downtown on a sunny Saturday, Mr. and I drove to Stanley Park to grab a nice brunch at the Fish House.
A sandwich board caught Mr.‘s attention while we were walking towards the restaurant, and it’s Fish House’s promotion of Fish & Chips, with a glass of Red Truck Ale for $12. “Heck, yeah”, Mr. says.
The Fish & Chips was a really good deal. It was two pieces of decent-sized cod, sitting on top of a bedding of double-fried fries along with its homemade tartar sauce. The beer batter was crispy yet light, and the fish was moist. The tartar sauce was filled with fresh dills – super fragrant! Ordering off the regular menu, Fish & Chips would’ve cost $18, so I’d assume this is a slightly smaller portion. That said, it was still a generous portion given that it’s only $12, and it comes with a glass of Red Truck Ale.
I’m usually an Eggs Benny person at brunches, and this was no exception. What caught my eyes was the Smoked Salmon Benedict, which includes house-smoked wild salmon. The salmon was buttery, melts in your mouth, and had just the right amount of smokiness in it. The eggs were nicely poached, although I would prefer it to be poached freehand over using a ring of some sort to create the uniform look. The hash brown was nicely fried, crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside.
On another note, before this brunch, I also went to the Fish House for its Afternoon Tea. For $24 you get a scone, 4 types of finger sandwiches, and 4 types of sweets. While the presentation is not as delicate as Fairmont Vancouver, the bread may be a bit dry, and sweets a bit too sweet (e.g. the lemon curd could be more tart), the price is also 1/3 cheaper than Fairmont Vancouver. Considering its beautiful location with the water as a backdrop, I thought this makes a good afternoon tea option for bridal shower or other special occasions.
Before our food arrived, we were given a plate of Bread with the famous Lobster Oil from the now closed Cannery. We were a bit confused, because our server has said she would bring over “pastries” in a minute. It turns out there was a mix-up. We should’ve gotten pastries, which are free to all customers, but the busser brought over bread, which you need to order. They graciously comp’d the bread (we already dug in by the time they realized they made a mistake) which added points in my book. Gosh I miss the lobster oil, it was good!
With its prime location at the Stanley Park, I had thought the Fish House would be more expensive. It turns out its prices are relatively reasonable, especially if you order one of its specials. The food quality was decent and service was good. A nice spot for celebrating special occasions or just a relaxing brunch on a sunny day.
Fish House in Stanley Park
8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver