The most impressive part of my dining experience at Bluewater was the impeccable service. From start to finish, there was not one part of the service that I could find fault in. From the hostesses at the front, to the efficient and knowledgeable server who took our order to those who brought our dishes, they all made service seem effortless. In terms of service alone, there are few places in Vancouver that can measure up to Bluewater.
Because Bluewater does seafood so well, I just knew that I had to have their Sablefish, even though I usually stay away from broth-based fish dishes (fish floating in broth just does not appeal to me). Just as I expected, the fish was absolutely perfect (cooked exquisitely) and after my miniscule appetizer, I was pleased to find a nice sized portion. But I must say, the rest of the dish fell flat for me. Although the boy choy had the surface area to soak up the salty and flavorful broth, the small grains of quinoa floated around awkwardly and were not able to absorb its flavor. The fish was wonderful but the rest of the dish did not excite me.
The Qualicum Bay Scallops that Hubby ordered as his main once again demonstrated how skilled the chefs at Bluewater are when it comes to preparing seafood. The scallops were seared to perfection and almost melted in your mouth. The citrus sauce was nice and light so as not to overpower the dish. Again, however, the rest of the plate was a bit of a miss. Hubby was a bit perplexed by the huge (and I mean HUGE) pile of endive (or were they onions?) beneath the scallops. It is a good thing he loved onion! The wild rice griddle cakes were a nice in both texture and flavor but very tiny and left him wanting more.
In keeping with the outstanding customer service offered throughout the night, we were treated to a nice little sweet bite at the end of our meal. A very nice touch!
In terms of service, dedication to sustainable seafood and skill in preparing seafood, Bluewater is definitely among the best in the city. Overall though, I cannot count Bluewater among my current favorite restaurants. For me, the meal lacked "wow" factor. With a bill of almost $250 for the two of us, I expected more in terms of quantity, originality and flavor. While the seafood was undeniably excellent, the rest of the meal just felt a bit flat. With so many places on my wishlist still to visit, it may be a while before I head back to Bluewater.