If you want to try westcoast cuisine and don't mind spending a little bit more, definitely make the trip out to West Vancouver for this eating experience.
Overlooking the water and the city, you may be tempted to simply drink in the view. To do so would be to miss out on the whole experience: spend some time perusing the menu and taking in the ambience. The native art on the walls and the open-beamed structure create a uniquely Vancouver environment.
Favorite Dish: Share the Salmon House sampler for a starter, which will demonstrate how much more interesting salmon can be other than just smoked.
The Alder grilled salmon is their specialty, and is beautiful.
I love the alder-grilled teriyaki style salmon with mandarin orange butter sauce and basmati rice.
Or try one of their seasonal options, like their Hecate Strait Halibut. Yum!
The restaurant is positioned on a hill with a panoramic view of Vancouver. The terraced dining room is done in a West coast lodge style, with dark cedar wood and large windows. You can see from downtown all the way out to the UBC campus and the ocean. Native artwork graces the interior, including totem poles, canoes, masks and wall paintings. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, the place has an almost mystical quality when the sun sets and you see the city lights in the distance, while surrounded by all the ancient-looking native artifacts.
The food is of high quality and the wine list is extensive. I was pleased to a see a large "by the glass" selection, and an impressive offering of B.C. wines. The service was prompt, courteous and unobtrusive.
There isn't a dress code but I would dress up a little. It will really make it feel like a night out and a special treat.
Favorite Dish: Teriyaki salmon was flavourful and cooked to perfection. You can tell this is their specialty, hence the name. I would recommend pairing it with a local B.C. wine (I chose Cedar Creek Pinot Noir - excellent).
Critically acclaimed and internationally renowned, the Salmon House sits like an eagle's perch high above West Vancouver. Reflecting the best of the Pacific Northwest for over 23 years, Salmon House is Vancouver's original seafood grill restaurant. The relaxed ambiance can be likened to that of a mountain lodge hosting a gallery of indigenous art, amid fir trees and totems, with a dramatic view over English Bay and the downtown core. The unique West Coast cooking style, achieved by grilling over open flame using green alderwood, is apparent throughout the menu - as with their signature dish- barbequed fresh B.C. salmon. The flavorful dishes are easily matched with their award-winning selection of Pacific Northwest wines (Courtesy of The Salmon House).
Favorite Dish: The Ahi Tuna which is sesame crusted and seared rare with mustard sauce & wasabi tobiko is simply divine. Also served with rice and vegetables. For dessert, you must try the White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake.
Nestled on top of a hill in the British Properties overlooking Stanley Park and West Van, The Salmon House on the Hill with it's view bar none, unique native culture decor and first class menu and service is really a must for anyone wanting to experience the best of Vancouver.
All grilled items on the menu are barbequed over an alder wood fire. The meals vary in their presentation. Colours and design play an important role. Most importantly however, the flavours are delicious beyond compare. Sit back with a glass of wine, watch the cruise ships leave the harbour as they journey up the West Coast of Canada, savour the surroundings and when you get home send me an email so I can relive the experience vicariously through you!