Celebrating Halibut Season

Halibut season is in full swing, last week I visited some local restaurants to taste their Ocean Wise Paciifc Halibut creations.

I started off with a visit to Kitsilano Daily Kitchen where Chef Brian Fowke has been offering nightly halibut creations since the season began. I had both of the dishes, one starter along with one of the entrees.

Crispy Halibut Cheeks

The Dish: Crispy Halibut Cheeks with cous cous salad and buttermilk dressing

Web: http://www.kitsdaily.com/

Location:  Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, 1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver


Seared Halibut with arugula spaghetti

The Dish: Seared Halibut with arugula spaghetti, tomato-peppercorn coulis, Meyer lemon

Web: http://www.kitsdaily.com/

Location:  Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, 1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

My next visit was to Coast Restaurant where Chef Pedro Gonzalez prepared a few of his new Halibut dishes for me to taste. I had an appetizer followed by two very different entrees.

Halibut Crudo

The Dish: Halibut Crudo

Herb crusted, olive cream fraise, Meyer lemon, hazelnuts

Web: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/coast/

Location:  Coast Restaurant, 1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver


Salt baked Halibut

The Dish: Salt baked Halibut

Kefir black rice, ginger scallion oil

Web: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/coast/

Location:  Coast Restaurant, 1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Olive oil poached Halibut

The Dish: Olive oil poached Halibut

Truffled Bean sprout risotto, hedgehog and fava bean ragu

Web: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/coast/

Location:  Coast Restaurant,  1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Lastly I visited Uli’s Restaurant in White Rock where Chef Ryan Bissel is offering one halibut creation nightly.

Pan Roasted Halibut with quinoa salad

The Dish: Pan Roasted Halibut with quinoa salad

Web: http://ulisrestaurant.com/

Location:  Uli’s Restaurant, 15021 Marine Drive, White Rock

Each of the Halibut creations were unique and very different in taste, appearance and ingredients but each celebrated the bounty of the fresh halibut that is now available in and around Vancouver.

Pacific halibut is prized for the delicate flavor and firm texture of its sparkling white, almost translucent flesh. The lean white meat of the Pacific halibut is high in protein and low in sodium, fat and calories, and with a minimum of bones, halibut as whole fish, fillets or portions adapts well to baking, broiling, frying, poaching or barbecuing.

Learn more about Halibut through Ocean Wise

Learn more about Halibut and the availability locally from one of the industry suppliers Organic Ocean

By: Richard Wolak

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