Food Vancouver Select Guide: Richmond, BC: West Coast Autumn Menu:
Dining in Richmond has become a culinary adventure. From the abundant local seafood, BC's finest VQA wines and farm fresh ingredients right next door, your culinary senses will always be satisfied.
With that in mind, we followed our taste buds to the seriously West Coast foodie oasis of Richmond for the ultimate fall-themed moveable feast. Travelling to its waterfront community known as The Historic Fishing Village of Steveston for our fall menu was, literally, overflowing.
Starting off local and unique.
Just because you are right on the water of the West Coast doesn’t mean you have to start with seafood. Gudrun is a place to share local charcuterie and artisan cheeses in a social space designed to explore what organic ingredients are really about. It’s about letting the flavours of meats and cheeses from the region speak louder than words and pairing them with some surprising wine choices from smaller wineries that are organic and sustainable.
Then again, maybe you want some seafood to pair with your meat. Tapenade Bistro has the tasty combination of pacific mussels with chorizo sausage tossed in a light tomato cream. And over at the waterfront Blue Canoe Restaurant, you can savour the mouth-watering combination of double-smoked bacon, fresh cream, local clams, and mussels.
A good rule of thumb we picked up from watching Food Network star Emeril Lagasse years ago, is that smoked bacon, just like pork fat, not only rules but makes everything taste like angels dancing on your tongue.
West Coast plates to lick clean.
Seafood is abundant in Richmond. They’ve been fishing here on the West Coast since forever, and it shows. You can taste the diversity of local salmon, halibut, mussels, crab, and prawns, all poached to perfection in a saffron bouillabaisse at The Point.
Don’t want your halibut mixed in a hot pot? No problem. You can try pan-seared, fresh halibut served with a to-die-for shiitake mushroom and tomato relish, and a balsamic reduction. Perhaps the local wild sockeye salmon simply grilled and served with a delicate miso glaze is more your style at the Sockeye City Grill.
Or you could sit down family style and let Chef Ken Iaci bring together the flavours of Italy and the ingredients of the West Coast. Don’t be surprised it’s a marriage fit for your taste buds pleasure. Papi’s Italian Ristorante is all about local hand-chosen fish, beef, poultry, and produce picked literally from around the corner. So you can dive into a heavenly plate of spaghetti pesce jammed packed with fresh seafood simmering in a rose sauce that could possibly make you want to write haiku poems about pasta and seafood.
Finish off with something from the sweeter side.
Each restaurant in Richmond could satisfy your sweet tooth on its own. But can you ever get enough of the sweet stuff? On a quiet corner of Richmond, it’s taken to a whole new level. There you can find Candy Aisle, a Willy Wonka–inspired store and a local institution.
This is the headquarters for any and all candy you can possibly think of. From Pez to Pop Rocks and everything in between, they’ve got the treats for the kids … maybe just the kid inside.
Hungry for some more West Coast flavour?
Check out more food recommendations and picks at allinrichmond.com
Article and images supplied by Tourism Richmond.
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