21 Nautical Miles Seafood Bar is located in trendy Yaletown of Vancouver. This new seafood house that opened in spring of this year, serves seafood ‘party’ [boils] and Northern Chinese a la carte dishes.
I was invited with a few other bloggers for a menu tasting organized by ChineseBites.
The seafood party includes crab, mussels, clams, shrimp, corn, potato and is offered in three flavours – Spicy, Black Pepper, and Garlic Butter. We were lucky enough to try all three but I preferred the Black Pepper. I found the ‘Spicy’ flavour was just way too spicy and the ‘Garlic Butter’ was overpowering with garlic. The crab was well prepared, but the other shellfish was over cooked.
Golden Fried Pepper Salt Calamari was decent.
House Spicy Spot Prawns- the spot prawns were slightly over cooked and I found there was too much fried garlic on top. The dish was supposed to be spicy but I didn’t taste any of the heat.
We tried four types of meat skewers; lamb, beef seasoned with cumin, chicken seasoned with satay and 48 hour braised pork. The chicken skewers were by far my favourite; juicy and well prepared, but could use less seasoning.
Grilled Oysters with cheese (half cooked) and Herbal Coconut Mussels.
I was excited to hear that we were having abalone, but unfortunately this dish didn’t live up to my expectations. There was way too much sauce that drowned the natural taste and flavour of the abalone.
Mango Thousand Layer Cake, similar to a millie crepe cake. The mango cake was satisfying but the presentation of the dish could use some work.
Being a new seafood bar, 21 Nautical Miles has some areas to improve on. With a number of quality restaurants located in Yaletown, 21 Nautical Miles would not be my first choice. I would come back and try 21 Nautical Miles after they’ve had some time to establish themselves.
*All food and beverages were complimentary and opinions are completely my own.