The BC restaurant chain Boathouse is known for its amazing waterfront views and ocean wise seafood selection.  This summer, Boathouse is offering a “Brews, Views & BBQ” limited-edition summer menu, inspired by the smokey flavours synonymous with the grill.

Each BBQ menu entree (T-Bone Steak, Prawn, Seafood or Steak Skewers, Baby Back Ribs) comes with your choice of two sides (pick from: Mac n Cheese, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Fries, Coleslaw, Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Veggie Skewer).  For an additional $10, you can make it a 3-course meal by picking a starter (Seafood Chowder, Seasonal Greens or Caesar Salad) and a dessert (Creme Brulee or Strawberry Cream Pie).

Between the two of us, we each opted for a main course and shared the starter and dessert.

Here’s what we had:

boathouse kitsilano seafood chowder

Seafood Chowder

The Seafood Chowder is an Oceanwise combo of Sockeye Salmon, Clams, Cod and Halibut.  Despite a creamy texture and generous ingredients, the chowder was surprisingly light.  Boathouse Executive Chef Brent Fisher explained to us that the “secret” to a good chowder is in having a good broth that the ingredients can stew in and absorb the flavour.

Prawn Skewer with a side of Corn on the Cob.

Prawn Skewer ($25.99) with a side of Corn on the Cob.

The BBQ Prawn Skewers was my favourite dish of the evening.  Juicy grilled prawns are coated with an in-house made spicy chipotle BBQ sauce.  Sweet and slightly caramelized fresh pineapple are grilled with butter, then chopped into a tropical salsa to top the dish.

16 oz T-Bone Steak ($38.99)

16 oz T-Bone Steak ($38.99) with a side of Roasted Potatoes and a Grilled Veggie Skewer, paired with a glass of Sandhill Rose ($12.99)

The 16 oz. T-Bone Steak was very flavourful, and we paired it with a classic side of Roasted Potatoes and a Grilled Veggie skewer, paired with the featured wine: a glass of Sandhill Rose ($12.99).

A Side of Mac 'n' Cheese

A Side of Mac ‘n’ Cheese

The Mac ‘n’ Cheese came as a highly recommended side, and is made with three types of cheese: asiago, cheddar and grana padano.

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Finally, for dessert, we had the Creme Brûlée – the flavour of the night was vanilla, but if you go another time, the featured flavour may be different – maybe a green tea or a hazelnut instead?

As we were finishing our meal, this was the million dollar waterfront sunset view we had from Kits Beach.  We even spotted a whale (it was just a tiny speck in the water)!

The Million Dollar View from Boathouse Restaurant in Kitsilano

The (Multi) Million Dollar Waterfront Sunset View from Boathouse Restaurant in Kitsilano

To try the limited-edition BBQ menu for yourself, visit any of the seven Boathouse Restaurant waterfront locations in BC:  English Bay, Kitsilano, Horseshoe Bay, White Rock, Richmond, New Westminster and Port Moody.

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