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    Pure Ian Fleming - Dinner at Carderos Vancouver

    http://www.vancouverdine.com/carderos

    For the second time in three years I managed to be in Vancouver for a conference in March. The week after the halibut season had started again.

    The last time I was there I stumbled across a restaurant at which I had one of the most memorable meals ever. I tried it again, with the same order, and it was just as excellent! It struck me that just occasionally everything clicks together so well that it become one of those moments that makes the world seem like a wonderful place, and if I was Ian Fleming I would have included this in my next novel.

    So picture the scene if you can, 7pm of a March night when spring is starting to arrive in Vancouver. Its 55deg f, with a light drizzle on the water, and your sitting outside dining alone on the verandah of Carderos restaurant which is built on a pier over Vancouver Bay. There is a buzz and warmth inside, but your drawn outside to the view where the service is equally attentive and friendly. There is a patio heater on, and they have provided a blanket for every seat, with which to lay over your legs. Its cool but your warm and comfortable. The 3 mountains are in front of you over the other side of the bay, and still have snow on their peaks, as you sit facing them over the water you can hear the sea planes make their approach every 15 minutes and watch them land. In between times you can hear the chink of ropes rattling against masts, as the boats gently rock in the harbour in front of you.
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    Just as 3 years ago you order a cafe latte, a bottle of Pelegrino, and pan fried oysters with horseradish cocktail sauce to start. The oysters are gloriously fresh, lightly breaded, and the tang of the horseradish compliments them. Drawing out the experience you savour the hot coffee and view laid out before you. You have already ordered the halibut. Of course you have ordered the halibut. It arrives in a butter sauce with capers, and is laid over lightly cooked asparagus and and earthy carrot, accompanied by a cup of rice with peas. It is the simplest and best of foods. Light, fleshy, fresh from the sea. My god its good!
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    You have the splendour of the sea, air, and land all laid in front of you and the finest of food on your table. Life is good.
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    Looks and sounds fantastic Foggy! Those Oysters sound bloody delicious!!!!!

    Glad life is good!!!!!!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welshboy78 View Post
    Looks and sounds fantastic Foggy! Those Oysters sound bloody delicious!!!!!

    Glad life is good!!!!!!

    Cheers
    Thank you! It has those moments of absolute clarity, and I treasure them.

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    Senior Member Johnny West's Avatar
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    Living in the Pac NW we are truly spoiled: local oysters are good - oysters from Vancouver Island are even better, mussels, dungeness crab, spot shrimp, salmon, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish - sea run cutthroat and steelhead. I spent a few days, the weekend after the 4th fishing the North Island and caught a 22# white chinook, coho, lingcod, flounder, and halibut and brought home a big Coleman cooler completely filled with packaged and frozen fillets, plus 150 spot shrimp. My friend I fish with also gave me 2 moose roast and a pack of moose burger from his last year's moose. I'm ready to go back.

    The first of September we're going to a time share in Whistler and will be eating some great seafood again. Our fav place there is Araxi.
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    Life is good indeed.

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    I just spotted this article at Radio 1130 in Vancouver. The top restaurant in Canada is Hawksworth in Vancouver, according to MacLean's.
    Araxi, the establishment we dined at a few weeks ago is also in the top 50.

    http://www.news1130.com/news/local/a...estaurant-list

    So many restaurants, so little time and sometimes $$$.....
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    We just got back from a week in Whistler and weren't disappointed with oysters.
    Araxi had happy hour oysters for $12 a dozen - Barefoot Bistro's were $18 a doz.
    All were excellent, briny and sweet at the same time. I'll post a pic in a few.

    I saw on the net the other day a listing of the top 10 restaurants in Canada and
    Barefoot bistro was in the top 10…. very generous IMHO. The executive chef is
    a babe and is on display a lot. We dropped close to a grand eating dinner and she
    never stopped by the table to say Oi! Oh, well. My buddy is a boisterous Brooklynite
    and was making an ass of himself so it's probably for the best. TMI?
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    I had 5 dozen over the course of the week - I never tyre of raws and will get some for the weekend.

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