Feb 25, 2012

Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe

Today I visited Granville Island  for the annual Winterruption festival.  Granville Island is one of the gems of the city, in my opinion.  It is a great place to walk around, get some fresh air and see what local vendors, artisans and famer's have to offer. Granville Island is also a great place to spend a day, full of activities for very little money.   I have noticed a tiny restaurant, Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe, in previous visits to Granville Island, and today decided to try it!   This restaurant is located right at the entrance to the island, right across from the Kids Market and the Granville Island Brewery

Tony's is a very tiny place, only about 24 people can fit in the restaurant at once, so we had to wait a few minutes outside.  I noticed that they were advertising a great deal - $10.99 for a cup of clam chowder, coleslaw, 1 piece of cod and chips.  I knew immediately what I was having.

As the restaurant was so small, the tables were very close together, meaning that you could meet your table neighbours.  We sat next to a lovely couple from Dublin, Ireland - Leslie and Allen, who had visited Tony's on a previous visit to Vancouver, about 5 years ago.  They enjoyed the fish and chips so much that they made a point to return.  Our server was quite amazing - she was able to handle the entire restaurant, and do it in a very friendly and attentive fashion.  I was impressed.

My mom and I both ordered the $10.99 lunch special and our chowder arrived promptly.  It was a great temperature, very thick, full of clams and had amazing flavour.  A lot of the time, I find that clam chowders are very salty, but this was definitely not the case.

Our fish arrived almost right as I was finishing my soup and looked delicious.  I tried the chips first.  Hot, crispy and no oily taste.  I added a little bit of malt vinegar and they were excellent.  The fish and tartar sauce were also great - our new Irish friends were right!  By the end of the meal I was stuffed.  

Overall, I was extremely impressed with this meal.  It really was a fantastic deal for $10.99.  I will be back to Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe.  I have visited other restaurants on Granville Island for fish and chips recently, and though they may have a nice view, I find that they are generally very overpriced and not worth the money.  

Tip: Tony's opens at 11:30am, I would arrive early to make sure you get a seat.  Their lunch special (the $10.99 one I tried) is available until 2pm daily. 

Tip: A fun and cheap activity to do while in the area is the Granville Island Brewery tour.  For under $10 per person, you get a tour and 4 x 3oz samples of your choice of beer in the taproom.  Unfortunately, the brewery is undergoing a renovation and tours do not resume until April 1st.  

Parking: There is a lot of parking on Granville Island. Some of it pay parking and some free.  There is free parking located north of the restaurant - by the Keg.  

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