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The Fish Counter

3825 Main St. (E. 23rd Ave.) Send to Phone
604-876-3474
Sustainable seafood rocks the house at this compact café/fish store.

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Lunch & Dinner daily
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The Fish Counter Restaurant Review

: Arguably Vancouver's best fish ‘n’ chips can be enjoyed at The Fish Counter. Choose from halibut, wild salmon, lingcod or Pacific cod. If this doesn't strike your fancy, the oyster po' boy, Dungeness crab baguette, crispy Baja-style cod taco, or a steaming bowl of bouillabaisse or clam chowder will certainly tempt. Everything on the menu and at the adjacent fresh fish counter is seasonal, local and sustainable. In 2005, owners Mike McDermid (formerly of the Vancouver Aquarium) and chef Robert Clark (ex C Restaurant) founded the Ocean Wise program. McDermid and Clark liken their enterprise --- tiny bustling restaurant and fresh fish store --- to a farmers market for seafood. They can tell you exactly where a fish was caught, when, and by whom. In addition to fresh local fish, there is shellfish (crab, spot prawns, oysters and scallops) and prepared meals to take-away that run the gamut from halibut cakes, fish pies and salads to fish stocks and soups. Seating is limited to a corner table and a few benches. If the weather is good, take-out is a fine option, or try for a table on the wee patio.



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