Like its sister restaurant, Araxi, in Whistler, Blue Water Café is a multi gold medal winner. But at Bluewater, Chef Frank Pabst collects them three at a time.
Chef Pabst was Vancouver Magazine’s 2010 Chef of the Year as well as claiming Restaurant of the Year and Best Seafood. This is a remarkable feat.
“Executive chef Frank Pabst dazzles, as he has for years, with his stellar menu highlighting locally sourced, sustainable seafood. Pabst’s oversight of the kitchen is complemented by Yoshiya Maruyama’s ’s beautifully fastidious, expertly crafted sushi.”…”Add to the mix a burgeoning cocktail program and a knockout wine list, courtesy of award-winning wine director Andrea Vescovi. Marry all that with seamless front-of-house service and it adds up to a superlative dining experience,”- Vancouver Magazine 2010.
So what’s the secret?
When last I spoke to him, this soft spoken culinary creator was clear…”I don’t cook for awards, I leave them in the hands of others. I cook for my guests and now (after the Van Mag blessing) their expectations are higher than ever,”. The pressure is on. For a chef, being constantly inspired can be a challenge. For Frank, with his expansive European heritage, he heads to the small markets of Vancouver and then simply listens to the seasons. He throws huge, genuine kudos to the team that surrounds him and in particular Yoshia Maruyama of their Raw Bar, and Pastry Chef Jean-Pierre Sanchez.
In 2011, the Blue Water won its fourth consecutive Platinum (Best Overall) Wine List Award at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, as well as second consecutive awards for Best Seafood and
Best Fish & Shellfish at the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards.
Food Day Canada 2012
redwine mignonette, fresh horseradish
Dungeness Crab Salad
wakame seaweed and thinly sliced cucumber
Smoked Sockeye Salmon Terrine
golden caviar, créme fraîche, pumpernickel, toasted filberts
Gulf Island Swimming Scallops
baked with tomato relish, white wine butter with fresh thyme leaves
Pan Seared Halibut
green peas, chanterelle mushrooms, kohlrabi, roasted chicken jus with pickled ramps
Brioche Bread Pudding with Apricot Crème Brulée
raspberry sorbet, honey verjus reduction
Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Blue Water Cafe directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
Blue Water Café and Raw Bar
1095 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5T4
T: 604 688 8078