I love visiting Granville Island, it’s only of my favorite places in the city. But it’s so rare for me to visit the restaurants on the island. I’d never been to Sandbar, so today we’d address that by stopping in for a weekend lunch.
Located under the Granville Street Bridge, on the pier over looking the water, Sandbar is kinda hidden, behind all the galleries. It’s a seafood place, with very warm rustic feel. It’s part of the Sequoia restaurant group, along with Seasons in the Park, Cardero’s and the Stanley Park Teahouse.
It was not particularly busy, and we were seated immediately on arrival, by the windows overlooking the water.
This was the complimentary bread with butter.
This was nice bread, slightly warm. It was crusty on the outside, but soft on the inside.
We slit an appetizer of dungeness crab cakes with a fennel and apple slaw
This was fresh flaked crab meat formed into small puck shaped patties, and pan seared on each side. It’s served with chili lime aioli , and a fresh slaw of shaved fennel and apples. This was pretty good. The crab meat is very fresh and moist. It could have used a little more salt though. The fennel and apple slaw was crispy and fresh, and dressed in a light sharp vinaigrette. The chili lime aioli was mild and subtle.
I had a island club sandwich.
This is shrimp, dungeness crab salad, with bacon, lettuce, sliced tomato, and a smear of avocado on a split calabrese rool. It normally comes with yukon gold fries, but I opted for an arugula side salad. This was a good sandwich. The shrimp and crab were fresh, and the bacon crisp and smokey. The bread was crusty and hearty enough to hold the rest of the sandwich. I would have liked the bread to be lightly toasted.
And my lunch companion had the smoked salmon blt sandwich served with yukon gold fries.
I had a little taste of this sandwich, the smoked salmon was hot-smoked. The balance of the sandwich was a bit off, it weighted toward the tomato.
Our server was very pleasant and attentive, and all too happy to accommodate and answer questions about the menu.
The room is warm and rustic, with alot of wood, and nautical themed decor (fish mounted on the wall, a boat suspended over the bar, etc.