For a sunny Sunday brunch, we headed to a newly opened pub on the False Creek waterfront called the Beach Avenue Bar and Grill. This location was previously occupied by TAPShack, and the Pirate Pub before that.
We arrived shortly before noon, and the restaurant was not quite ready for service.
After the doors opened, we were immediately seated on the patio.
The menu is a familiar selection of pub fair (burgers, wings, pizza, tacos) with a number of west coast seafood items (fish and chips, bouillabaisse, chowder, crab fondue).
My lunch companion ordered the seafood club sandwich
This was a triple decker sandwich of crab meat, prawns, smoked salmon, bacon, leaf lettuce and sliced tomatoes between slices of buttery sourdough bread. It was served with crispy french fries.
This was a terrific sandwich. Bread was seared on the flattop, and the crab and prawns were fresh, cool and sweet. The salmon was silky and smokey, and the bacon was crisp and savory. The tomatoes were fresh and plump.
I ordered the cod and chips
This was a pair of cod filets dipped in batter and deep fried to a light crisp, served with honey coleslaw, lemon caper tartar sauce and a serving of french fries.
This was kinda hit and miss. I should say that the first cod filet was excellent. The cod fillet was fresh and delicate, and cooked the correct doneness. The batter coating was crisp and properly seasoned. The second cod fillet had a thick coat of batter on one end, and that end, the batter was slightly undercooked (although the cod within was cooked properly).
The fries were hot and crisp, and lightly salted.
The coleslaw was fresh and crisp, with a slightly sweet tang.
This establishment is blessed with a spectacular view of False Creek.
Our server was pleasant and cheerful.
The dining room is wide open and airy (we were seated outside on the patio) and the tables were well spaced apart.