Red Fish Blue Fish

Written by on May 30, 2014 in I Eat Canada, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Red Fish Blue Fish

How I heard of this place: We were walking along Wharf Street and came across the sandwich board touting “Sustainable 100% Ocean Wise Seafood”, which was highly intriguing. After touring Parliament and making our way along the waterfront, we worked up an appetite. Instead of going back to the sandwich board, we popped by the Visitor’s Bureau and I asked for a recommendation. The suggestions included: Pescatori, Nautical Nellie’s and the local favorite, Red Fish Blue Fish. Being the more local option and more casual, we opted to eat our dinner on the pier, watching seaplanes take off and land among the boats and birds in the Inner Harbour.

Red Fish Blue Fish Menu

 Type of cuisine: Simple, yet creative and innovative takes on local seafood. “*Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to help restaurants and their customers make environmentally friendly seafood choices.

Red Fish Blue Fish Menu

Ambiance: Red Fish Blue Fish is an outdoor waterfront eatery in an up-cycled cargo container on a wooden pier in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It’s a unique, fresh, and sustainable approach to the old fish ‘n’ chip shop.

Red Fish Blue Fish Pier

We are located at 1006 Wharf Street in Victoria, British Columbia (at the foot of Broughton on the pier below Wharf Street in the heart of downtown Victoria). 

Red Fish Blue Fish Down the Slope

Please note, we are an outdoor restaurant on a pier. We do have some counter seating, but we are unable to take reservations!

Red Fish Blue Fish New Umbrella Seating

What I ordered: We simply had to have the Wild Salmon, from the grill, basted with fresh lemon-honey, served over a lovely salad (CAD$14) of baby greens, romaine hearts, pea shoots, lemon pickled onions and cucumbers, roasted pumpkin seeds with a heavily dill’d Caesar vinaigrette.

Red Fish Blue Fish Grilled Salmon Over Salad

Afraid that it wouldn’t be enough for the two of us, we added an extra piece of crispy, tempura battered salmon (CAD$5.50) with a side of Million Island Dressing: a gorgeous blend of sweet smoked chili adobo + golden shallot aioli.

Red Fish Blue Fish Fried Salmon

On a return visit, Saturday, 4 June 2016: We returned, twice in the same day. Yes, for lunch and dinner. We were pleased to see, after two years away, that the wharf has been upgraded with umbrellas for the patrons in line waiting to place their orders, and over the barquette overlooking the water. Not to mention, a new addition with limited seating under a roof tent, presumably for slightly larger parties.

Red Fish Blue Fish Covered Bar Seating

We knew we would each start with the Grilled Wild Salmon with Salad ($15)

Red Fish Blue Fish Grilled Salmon with Salad 3

and added a small serving of the Jerk Fish Poutine ($6.50) because, well, why not?

Red Fish Blue Fish Jerk Fish Poutine

For our dinner return, we introduced some good friends to the Red Fish Blue Fish experience! I stuck with the Grilled Wild Salmon and Salad,

Red Fish Blue Fish Grilled Salmon with Salad for Dinner

while my husband enjoyed the two-piece Salmon Fish & Chips ($16).

Red Fish Blue Fish Salmon Fish & Chips for Dinner

At our friend’s recommendation, we also sampled the delicious Chowder ($5) and small order of Crispy Fried Oysters ($6.50) served with slaw and a dipping sauce.

Red Fish Blue Fish Fried Oysters with Slaw & Dipping Sauce

What I loved: The large portion of fresh, tender and flaky, grilled salmon and the refreshing bed of greens underneath, with the sweetly pickled red onions atop.

Red Fish Blue Fish Grilled Salmon with Salad & Poutine Meal

Why I loved it: Casual, comfortable, unpretentious, friendly, efficient staff and a space offering a perfect view of the sunset in Victoria’s Inner Harbour on a warm, summer day.

Cost: Low to average (CAD$10 – CAD$17 per entree)

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