I’ve always liked Water St. Cafe in Gastown. It is a relatively affordable restaurant with a nice atmosphere and good food. This year they’re celebrating their 21st anniversary so they were offering a Whole Lobster entree for just $20. I of course took advantage of this.
Upon entering the restaurant, I found it was quite smoky though. As it had an open kitchen in the dining room it was quite stuffy of cooking smells. You will definitely smell like food when you leave.
As part of their 21st anniversary special menu, they also offered Classic Martinis for $6. A full 2 oz. of alcohol! It’s obviously too sophisticated for me so I just opted for the non-sale version which fruity and citrusy. Sorry I forgot what it’s called~ 😮
One of their more famous appies were the Fanny Bay Oysters ($12). It is SO succulent and wonderful. The sundried tomato cream sauce has hints of bacon to me, and it melds wonderfully with the fat, moist oysters.
And here’s the entree we were here for! It’s a garlicky whole lobster with a simple tomato and olive oil pasta. Just $20! It wasn’t a large lobster obviously but that made for a more tender, flavorful lobster. The roe and green guts were wonderful when mixed with the pasta. There was a lot of meat to eat too, as both claws were included too! Such a good deal!
We also ordered another special which was a grilled halibut ($23). This was just alright. The halibut was a bit dry to me and really who wants halibut when you’ve got lobster? It wasn’t bad but it just wasn’t the star of the show tonight.
And finally, I did end up getting a Classic Martini straight up. It was every bit as hard to swallow as I imagined, but I felt more sophisticated haha! Absolutely an experience for me.