After a wonderful Vancouver Delights Tour, it was time to stop by Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market for lunch. It was located on the same block of our hotel. I just missed their Happy Hour which is offered daily from 3pm to 6pm.
You’ll find the freshest shellfish at their flagship location in Vancouver. It’s the city’s only tide to table oyster bar and shellfish market. I took a seat at the end of the long marble bar.
I ordered a glass of white wine and started with some Geoduck Sashimi. The large west coast clam is pronounced ‘goo·ee·duhk’. It’s mild and slightly sweet with a firm texture. If you see it on a menu, definitely give it try.
I watched the fresh oysters being shucked behind the counter and was presented with a dozen fresh local oysters soon after. Such a beautiful sight.
I decided to get Kusshi, Sun Seeker, and my absolute favorite Kumamoto. They were super fresh, so sweet, and incredibly delicious. They were served with a couple wedges of lemon, mignonette, and freshly grated horseradish.
It was a nice seafood lunch with friendly service at Fanny Bay Oyster Bar. I honestly could have gone there everyday, at least for their happy hour, and will be sure to go back if I’m ever back in Vancouver.
Later that night I was craving Japanese food. Surprise, surprise. There are a ton of quality Japanese restaurants in the city, but I really wanted tonkatsu and Saku specializes in the breaded deep-fried Japanese pork cutlet.
A small group of people were waiting outside the restaurant when I arrived. I went in line and met some people who have dined there before. They guided me a bit and told me to write my name down on the sheet near the entrance. It wasn’t too long before I was called inside and seated at a small table.
A cold glass of Asahi, please.
I ordered the Rosu Katsu, a fried breaded pork loin. The other popular choice is the pork filet, hire katsu, which is leaner. I like the fattier cut of the loin. I also added a side of Cheese Menchi which is minced pork and beef filled with cheese before being breaded and fried.
Every katsu set includes unlimited rice, shredded cabbage, and soup.
The pork was tender. They use horomone-free Canadian pork that is aged for 18 hours. The panko breading was golden brown and crispy. It’s produced from fresh local bread that’s baked every morning. The homemade sauce is made using fresh fruits, vegetables, and premium white sesame. So good.
Diner at Saku hit the spot. The space is small with only few tables, so write your name on the sheet and wait in line for some solid tonkatsu.
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market
762 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2P2, Canada
1773 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1C9, Canada