The Boathouse Horseshoe Bay Restaurant
6695 Nelson Ave, Vancouver, Canada
The Boathouse Horseshoe Bay Restaurant Vancouver Reviews
A good restaurant with a bad first impression Jan 31, 2016
N49°16.063' W123°8.941' the rule that good views make for bad food made us anxious in August 2015. The Boathouse view over Horseshoe Bay is a property developer’s dream, to deliver fast bucks over culinary substance. The sign "Now hiring" at the reception did not improve our first impression. Please, do not advertise your business challenges to your customers. Finally, loud shouting chefs may be popular in kitchen reality shows, but in an open kitchen, it degrades the restaurant atmosphere. What kind of message does The Boathouse want to convey to its customers? That Gordon Ramsay is in charge and Michelin star haute cuisine is been served? Yah!
Waiting for a table in August 2015, the bartender impressed us by his craftsmanship. He did know his profession very well and catered one his own for every order of wine, beer and cocktail. A joy for us to see his oversight of multiple orders and his detailed preparations of cocktails.
We think we got one of the best tables in the restaurant. As appetiser, we chose the Ahi Tuna Tacos in crispy wonton shells, with wasabi aioli & mango salsa. Suddenly the bad first impression faded away. This was serious cooking with the best ingredients. We followed server Paul in his advice for the Conundrum 2013 California white wine. Not our first choice. His description of the wine was accurate. Although not a sommelier, it is always nice to see a server know available wines and can advise on the combination of food and wine.
The sesame crusted ahi tuna, pan seared, shiitake mushroom rice, bok choy & drizzled with chili oil was excellent in taste and texture. Well-prepared dish, which has not too many complicated flavours. Tuna and rice combination is creative. Enjoyable. The other main dish, wild maple salmon, roasted on a cedar plank, roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, was excellent as expected of salmon in British Columbia. By roasting on a plank, the Pacific salmon kept more or less its juices, not becoming too dry.
The Boathouse failed in its first impression but gradually started to impress us with an excellent entrée and delicious main dishes. An example of breaking the rule that good views make for bad food. Recommended.
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