Spot Prawn Festival
The reason we ended up at The Sandbar was actually because of the Spot Prawn Festival last Saturday. We purchased our tickets to the festival online a few weeks in advance and headed over to Granville Island arriving at 11:30. We usually avoid Granville Island on a weekend and now we remember why. The water taxi was busy (had to wait), the market was packed (line up for the washroom) and the Spot Prawn Festival (which we already had tickets to had a 60 to 90 minute wait). So we handed off our tickets to someone willing to wait in line and headed for brunch. The good news is that BC Wild Spot Prawns will be in season for 6 to 8 weeks so we will bike over in a week or two (during the week) and buy a pound fresh off of a boat for $12 (see past Flickr set).
The Sandbar on Granville Island is owned by the Sequoia Group of Restaurants. For us as frequent visitors to Cardero’s the connection is obvious as soon as you enter. They have the same wood beam design and furniture, the same menu look and feel, similar staff uniforms and the same busy, fun vibe. Some of the menu items are the same but many are different with Sandbar including a fish sheet with many fresh options daily. Luckily we arrived just before the rush and got a table with a good view of the Burrard Bridge. The restaurant is quite large but was almost full within a half hour.
The Food at Sandbar
By the time we had walked through the Prawn Festival and back to The Sandbar (located beside the public market) it was after noon and we were both not sure if we wanted breakfast or lunch. So we decided to share one of each. We ordered an Eggs Benny and a Fish & Chips. The fish & chips were served with crispy skinny fries. Yum. The fish is certified Oceanwise and was halibut on this day (it changes). The fish batter was crispy, not too thick and not greasy. A very good choice. The Eggs Benny was not as good. The eggs were cooked to medium as we ordered but the back bacon was sliced very thick and a bit hard to cut through. It was grilled and had a nice smoked flavour but was a tough. The hollandaise was good, not great, and there was not enough of it for our liking. Our server was pretty good but had a hard time when I asked for a herbal tea. Didn’t seem like such a strange request to me!?
We did have a chance to take a look at the dinner menu and the huge fish selection that is available by the day. We have decided to call ahead to find out when they have fresh sablefish available and to head over for dinner one night soon.