Dinner at Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Blue Water Cafe

The Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar is one of Vancouver best seafood restaurant. Housed in a handsome brick and beam heritage warehouse conversion, Blue Water Cafe is located in the heart of historic Yaletown, the city’s vibrant and hip neighborhood. Blue Water is part of the Top Table Restaurant Group, which also runs the award winning West and Araxi restaurants.

Blue Water offers what has to be the best sushi in the city. Cut master Yoshi Tabo takes his work very seriously. His salmon sashimi presentation look like an art display. Watching the man work is like watching poetry in motion. If you want to witness a master sushi chef at work, make sure you get a seat at the raw bar.

Selection of West Coast Oysters

Blue Water Oysters

Blue Water offers 18 different oysters on their menu. However, not all are always in stock. We told the server to surprise us. He came back with a dozen oysters from different parts of the west coast. The oysters were expertly prepared. Not a single grain of sand in any of them.

Organic Fraser Valley Greens

Blue Water Cafe

The opening salad was made from Okanagan cherries, barrel aged sheep cheese and honey crystals. Nice and refreshing. The cheese worked really well with the greens.

Albacore Tuna Tartar

Blue Water Cafe

Albacore Tuna Tartar made with baby mizuna, poached quail egg, ponzu sauce and sesame wonton crisps to give it an Asian influence. One of the best tuna tartar I’ve tasted.

Beef Sashimi

Blue Water Cafe

Beef Sashimi with garlic chips, chopped green onions, yu’kke sauce. If you like your beef rare, you’ll love this dish!

Sockeye Salmon Sashimi

Blue Water Cafe

The presentation of this dish blew me away. I didn’t want to eat it because it look so good. Once I took a bite, the taste blew me away even more than the presentation! This could very well be the best salmon sahimi in the city.

Beef Tenderloin

Blue Water Cafe

Beef Tenderloin with chanterelle mushrooms, green chard and macaroni gratin with blue cheese. This is actually my second choice for the main course. Blue Water Cafe is one of the few restaurant to serve Japenese “A5” Kuroge Wagyu beef. However, they were out so I got the tenderloin instead. It was very good and extremely tender but I really wanted to try the Wagyu. On the positive side, not having Wagyu saved me a lot of money on the dinner bill.

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Blue Water Cafe

Vanilla Creme Brulee with sweetened milk jelly and pomegranite granite. The brulee was a great way to end a fabulous meal. Adding the pomegranite granite was a very nice touch.

Dinner for two came to $220 with tax, tips and drinks. If the Wagyu beef was available the bill would have topped $500. Hopefully, the Wagyu will be available the next time I go. I will definitely dine at the Blue Water cafe again.

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39 thoughts on “Dinner at Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar”

  1. DAILYMACHO! says:

    dayum…John is living the life.

    1. Where is the video?

    2. He has earned it and he deserves to be where he is now ..Hard work always pays , its the Law of Success unless you win the Lotto 🙂

  2. Shawn Knight says:

    the Sockeye Salmon Sashimi looks like it has a baby watermelon in it hah

  3. Greg Ellison says:

    The food looks really good. Greg Ellison

  4. Simon Lau says:

    Nice meal. How do you know what to pick from the menu? Or is it a server recommended/tasting menu feast?

  5. I don’t care too much for sushi or sashimi, but that beef sashimi sounds yummy! I love my beef raw. The bloodier the better. 🙂

  6. izzat says:

    emm.. does it tasty?
    it not look like one.. 😀
    sushi king!

  7. Jack says:

    Hey John,
    You should trying going vegeterian 😀

  8. Wade says:

    Nice post. I love seeing the HQ pictures. The event looked like a blast. I would like to see some more videos up. Hopefully some video tutorials and such. I just got Camtasia Studio and started making videos, so I enjoy seeing the techniques that other marketers use in their videos. I just did my first video, it is posted on my blog.
    It is a tutorial on Tube Automator and how to use it to boost your YouTube videos to the main pages of YouTube to make money at YouTube video marketing. Click on my name if you want to see my video. Be sure to comment, I hope the video is good enough for you guys.

  9. Patel says:

    So, John when u open your first restaurant, invite me to the grand opening. hahah

  10. kahmaui says:

    If you are ever on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, you have to check out Sushi Sasabune. I only ate there once, but the sushi was great! The sushi chef has the nickname the “Sushi Nazi”; because, he’ll tell you when and how to eat the sushi. Order the “special”.

  11. Matt says:

    Man, I just had dinner but looking at that meal is making me hungry again!

  12. Eric Tan says:

    It looks so GOOD!!!!

  13. 100kjob says:

    Although I saw some of the photos on twitpics, they look so much better here.

  14. Environment says:

    Great meal, John!

  15. Cute Girl says:

    John , I’m from Malaysia. If you like Seafood , you can try it at our country. The price for sea food is cheap here. ( The food is fresh !! ) I like the lobster. You can choose location like Pulau Langkawi or Pulau Tioman.

  16. Jon says:

    That looks great but it’s tough to beat a rack of lamb at a high-end restaurant…

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  17. ahmike says:

    Very delicious. How I wish to taste it all.

  18. Kok Choon says:

    Man, you sure know how to live your life…I am hungry now!

  19. Johns Wu says:


  20. Some of it looks tasty, but I’m not into raw meat.

    1. John Chow says:

      It cost $36 an oz so an 8oz steak would cost $288.

  21. How much food do YOU EAT? lol

  22. Abdul says:

    Dang I hate oysters!

  23. Blantonious says:

    18 different variety of Oysters? I had no idea there were that many.

  24. I am hungry ….amazing food

  25. Mike Huang says:

    Dang, I didn’t even know there was such thing as “beef sashimi” lol. It looks excellent, but a little TOOOO raw. 😛


  26. revenue says:

    Hmm.. it looks delicious, i love this category 🙂

  27. Andrei Buiu says:

    What can I say John? The food looks really nice over there.

  28. Glenn says:

    The food looks great. I wish I had a good sushi place close to me.

  29. Keron Calame says:

    oysters, sushi not my kinda stuff

  30. 🙂 whoa!! My mouth is watering just looking at this stuff. I know if I am a big fan of the raw fish or whatever that is. Doesn’t it cause tapeworms? But otherwise than that…the food looks different. I’m going there one day! 🙂

  31. charles says:

    Sockeye Salmon Sashimi <– how much?

  32. Keral Patel says:

    “Sockeye Salmon Sashimi” WOW what colors. Looks appetizing.

    1. Travis says:

      I guess that’s a fringe benefit to being in the Northwest… I don’t think I’ve ever seen salmon that looked so fresh and full of color. Usually, it’s been packed in ice (or frozen) and has lost so much of that great color before it gets to where I can get it… oh well, at least we have the best fried food here in the South… too bad I can’t eat it.

  33. Ben Pei says:

    Awww man… I should stop blogging and go grab a bite out there.

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