There are plenty of reasons why CBC fans voted Steveston as the best Metro Vancouver neighbourhood in 2020.
The fishing pier, the cool Fraser River breeze, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Garry Point Park, and the highly walkable small-town vibe in a beautiful setting all make this a popular spot for visitors.
But let's not forget the area's restaurants. Whether it's Ember Indian Kitchen, Baan Lao Fine Thai Cuisine, or Steveston Seafood House, Steveston can compete with the best dining spots in the region in a range of categories.
I recently paid a visit to Steveston Seafood House (3951 Moncton Street), which was founded in 1977 by Rolf Jung, according to the Richmond News. Located in a picturesque 81-year-old building on the village's main drag, it's a great escape from the cloud of COVID overhanging our lives.
The room is subdued and elegant—not too dark and not too bright—with plenty of space between tables. There's a subtle nautical theme, reflecting the area's history, complete with cast-iron pipes.
Most people probably order seafood—after all, this is Steveston. But I opted for the succulent, juicy, and tender filet mignon ($37) with a flavourful Béarnaise sauce. It came with tasty roast potatoes, asparagus, zucchini, and red peppers. It followed a Caesars salad ($10) appetizer, which was generously sprinkled with addictive bacon bits.
My dining companion ordered schnitzel with seafood ($30), which came with the same set of vegetables as my main course. That was after a prawn cocktail appetizer ($16), which she enjoyed immensely.
The service was pleasant and efficient. And the parking is free in the neighbourhood for anyone who drives.
The prices at Steveston Seafood House are not the cheapest, but they're also not the most expensive. Given the quality of the food and the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, I certainly didn't feel ripped off.
Here's another bonus. In 2020, the current owner, Shane Dagan, decided to donate five percent of all sales to the Richmond Food Bank at a time when he was only permitted to offer takeout service. Come to think of it, I actually felt good parting with my money there in light of what this restaurant did for the community in a very tough year.