We’re big fans of Fanny Bay oysters but have been to their downtown location.
A couple signs outside.
We dropped in on a Sunday (with 7:15pm reservations) and were immediately informed about the hour and 45 minute seating limited. Not sure why because they weren’t very busy. Service was very lacklustre and almost unwelcoming.
Menu consists of raw bar, to share, entrees, sides and desserts. They had about 14 types of oysters available. Happy hour (3:00pm to 6:00pm daily) seems to be the best bang for your buck with snacks (including $1.75 feature oysters) and drinks.
9x Oysters ($3.50 each)
We tried the sun seeker (Okeover, BC), kumamoto (Chapman Cove, WA) and northern belle (one of their east coast features). The oysters were fresh.
Easily the best thing we ordered. The freshly grated horseradish was excellent.
Fanny Bay paella ($27.00)
Fish, scallop, prawn, mussels & clams, chorizo and saffron. Don’t expect a traditional paella. This one has garlic scapes, baby tomatoes, green and red peppers.
Not very rich or flavourful. You don’t get very much seafood either. The fish was overcooked. You get a grand total of one tiny scallop. Prawns were the best thing from this dish.
Mussels & clams ($25.00)
We opted for the spicy fennel/basil sauce and added fries ($3.00).
Shocking that this doesn’t come with bread.
The sauce had a nice kick. A couple nice plump mussels.
Poke bowl ($24.00)
Geoduck, octopus (subbed for prawns), soba noodles, sesame, soy and ikura.
My buddy enjoyed it; soba was cool and refreshing. He liked the juicy prawns. One thing it needed was a sauce.
Decent eats but I’d only likely return at happy hour.
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market
762 Cambie St