Seafood is definitely one thing that you can’t miss in Vancouver. On our last trip to Vancouver, we visited Rodney’s Oyster House in Yaletown with our friends during the happy hour on a weekday.
The restaurant is very thematic, made us feel as if we were on a boat. There are two levels of dining area in this place. The first floor is primarily the bar area with display of fresh seafood. The second floor has more dining tables.
Since there were 5 of us, we ordered most of the things on their happy hour menu to share, including the raw oysters ($1.50/piece), mussels ($12.50), clams ($12.50), pan-fried oyster ($12.50), scallop galette ($12.50) and wild sockeye ($8.95). We were given some bread while we were waiting for our food to arrive. However, the bread was cold, hard and tasted terrible. Luckily, it didn’t take too long for our food to arrive. Hooray!
The oysters came with lemon and radish on the side as well as 5 different housemade sauces (from mild to hot) that you can add to your oysters. I am not a big fan of oysters because I’m afraid of the fishy taste, but the oysters at Rodney’s were very very fresh, slurpy and sweet. You could taste a hint of ocean! We devoured the whole plate immediately.
The mussels were steamed in dill butter, garlic and wine, so they were flavorful and had a bit of alcoholic taste. I really liked it!
The clams were pretty big, fat and juicy. The only thing I didn’t like was that the juice was a bit salty.
The scallop galette was unique and tasty! The scallops were encrusted by crispy potato, complemented well with the light, refreshing plum sauce. On the other hand, I think the pan-fried oysters with the tartar sauce and wild sockeye on the bread were pretty so-so.
This is definitely one of the places I miss the most after coming back from Vancouver.
My review: My experience at Rodney’s is like the assorted candies you bought at the post-Halloween candy sales. This place is thematic, has fast service and sells fresh, yummy seafood at cheap prices.