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Last week, prix fixe menus of Dine Out Vancouver 2019 were revealed. With that, I was invited to a menu preview at a few restaurants on Granville Island. One of which was The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant.

Sandbar offers a $35 Dine Out menu, with a couple of entree options that you can upgrade with $10 extra. For the menu preview tasting, we were shown a full-size portion for photos, and then canape-size for tasting. Therefore, what you see below is what you will get, but what I tasted may not be the best representation of the dish as I only had a small portion of it.


There are three appetizers to choose from:
Sablefish Croquette – The croquette was mostly potato with some flakes of sablefish. The miso ailoi had a hint of lemon. The pickled fennel on top brought a good amount of acidity.

Sandbar DOVF 2019 Sablefish Croquette
Beet & Arugula Salad – A classic combination of beet, arugula and goat cheese, with a fig balsamic vinaigrette. You can’t go wrong with that.

Sandbar DOVF 2019 Beet & Arugula Salad
Clam Chowder – My favourite appetizer here. It was creamy, it was rich, and it was hearty.



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My final Dine Out this year was at Merchants Oyster Bar on Commercial Drive. What caught my eyes was its decision to offer 3 savoury courses instead of the traditional 2 savoury + dessert combination. Mr. and I had a double date with NS and RD.

Merchants Oyster Bar


When we got there, we realized they were offering more than what was posted on the DOV website. In addition to the 3-savoury course option, we could also choose 2 savoury + dessert or 3 savoury + dessert for a different price. There were also more choices for each course for an additional cost. This is actually how they run the restaurant on a day-to-day basis, except it’s usually a daily fresh sheet based on the availability of various ingredients. After much consideration, we stayed with 3 savoury courses but have gone for the new items.

Shucking Oysters

For appetizers the four of us each chose something different. My Clam Chowder, which cost an extra $2, was thinner than most other clam chowders I’ve had. It’s not as rich, but in a way I appreciated this preparation. It tasted healthier and fresher with crunchy celery and potato pieces; of course, they had to balance it out with some bacon strips.

Clam Chowder

Mr.‘s Baked Oysters was basically fresh oysters based with some truffle cream on top. (more…)

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