Fishworks Restaurant has been in the news for reasons unrelated to food as of late, but their upscale west-coast fare also deserves your attention.


Category: Westcoast/Seafood

Vibe: Romantic, warm, welcoming

Highlights: Known for their contemporary entrées and fresh seafood.

Best time to go: Whenever you want to wow clients, significant others, or try some upscale west-coast seafood.

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Lonsdale Quay, Fishworks is one of the best restaurants in North Vancouver. As you enter this quaint restaurant, you’ll notice that it is adorned with pictures of Lonsdale, their signature swirls, a canoe suspended in the middle of the dining room, complete with the Julia Child quote “People who love to eat are the best people.” I couldn’t agree more.

Halfway through Dine Out Vancouver Festival, I decided to check out Fishworks on a Friday evening. Since I have dined at the restaurant before and enjoyed the regular menu, so I wanted to check out how the $28 menu compares.

For the first course, I ordered the Mussel Fennel Bisque. The bisque arrived with 5 plump mussels on a bed of fennel garnished with microgreens. It was silky smooth and the fennel provided a nice slight crunch. The mussels were fresh, plump, and sweet.

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(above: Mussel Fennel Bisque)

As I wanted to try out the other appetizers, my dining companions at the bar let me try a bit of their appetizers as well. The Poached Salmon with Cucumber Raita was quite refreshing and tangy and went well with bread. As for the Japanese eggplant with sesame ponzu, it’s a dish that slipped under my radar. This dish is delicious and had a slight smoky, sweet umaminess to it.

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(above: Poached Salmon with Cucumber Raita)

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(above: Japanese eggplant with Sesame Ponzu)

For the second course, I had the Pan-Seared Rockfish with Pistachio Pine Nut Butter, Cauliflower Puree, Akbar Mashti. Akbar Mashti is known as Persian ice cream and it was a sabayon for this dish. It does sound like an interesting combination in a seafood dish but it worked really well. The rockfish was cooked perfectly and the sauce added a slightly sweet smokiness and provided a richness to the dish.

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(above: Pan-Seared Rockfish with Pistachio Pine Nut Butter, Cauliflower Puree, Akbar Mashti)

For dessert, I tried out 2 of them. I had the Winter Trifle and the Pecan Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream. The Winter Trifle would be a great choice for those who want a light dessert. The trifle was layered with light sponge cake pieces, citrus, and cranberry sauce.

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(above: Pecan Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream)

As I am not a keener on pecan tart, the one that they served at Fishworks was one of the best ones that I’ve ever tasted. It’s not cloyingly sweet and the crust was easy to cut into. It had a nice maple syrup flavour. People have told me that pecan tart/pie is a Canadian dish, and it’s a dish that’s done right at Fishworks.

In short, the food at Fishworks is spectacular and I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for a evening of west-coast seafood in a classy, but warm environment. Their $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu ends on February 1st, so make a reservation today.


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