Great view….that’s it.

There’s been an influx of new restaurants and cafes in North Vancouver around the Lonsdale Quay area. The PIER 7 restaurant is one of the newest and luckiest with its breathtaking views both from the patio and inside the restaurant.

My girlfriend took me to PIER 7 for lunch, taking advantage of the sunny weather. We lucked out and got a great seat on the patio overlooking the Burrard Inlet. We were quickly greeted by a friendly server who promptly served us ice water. So far so good!

WOW – my first impression of the lunch menu! $18 for an Ahi Tuna Club or Goat Cheese Gnocchi, $17 for 2 piece fish and chips…and $33 for a seafood tower. All this seemed pretty steep for a lunch menu so I had very high expectations for an amazing food experience.

Salt Spring Island Honey Mussels – $18
I love mussels so it was a no-brainer to order the Salt Spring Island Honey Mussels. There was a choice of broths: chile, lime, tomato butter or garlic, white wine, herb butter. I went with the interesting chile, lime and tomato butter concoction served with a slice of garlic toast. The dish was decent-sized for lunch but the mussels were tiny and not the juicy meaty pieces that I was expecting. The chile lime butter sauce was tasty but I was too put-off with the tiny mussels to enjoy the broth.

The exact same dish is available on the dinner menu and there is absolutely no way a person can be satisfied with this dish.

Gratinéed Seafood Mac n’ Cheese – $12
This was a side dish listed on the Dinner Menu and the chef agreed to make it for us. Seafood Mac n’ Cheese cooked with lobster cream – it sounded heavenly and we couldn’t wait to eat it. While the dish was visually appealing, we were disappointed with the flavour of the dish. The small side dish was too light on the cheese and where was the gratin?? For $12 this dish was not wort the special request.

I had high hopes for PIER 7 – it’s about time that the Waterfront got some new eateries but I found my experience at PIER 7 was not worth the heavy bill. Maybe I’ll just go back for some drinks on the patio – I’ll just pass on the food.

25 Wallace Mews, North Vacouver
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