Chef Alex Chen serves up a mean linguine alle vongole and has a dab hand with ling cod.
1 Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar 845 Burrard St., boulevardvancouver.ca 2 Blue Water Cafe 1095 Hamilton St., bluewatercafe.net 3 Ancora 1600 Howe St., ancoradining.com
honourable mentions Landmark Hotpot, Oddfish
After skirting around Bronze for a few years, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar has upset the status quo maintained by Blue Water Cafe since 2008 and earned its first Gold. Chef Alex Chen, in addition to being the first B.C. chef to claim the national title at the Golden Medal Plates this year, serves up a mean linguine alle vongole and has a dab hand with ling cod. Blue Water Cafe earned amore-than-respectable Silver for chef Frank Pabst’s consistently beautiful seafood, while the Peruvian-influenced shellfish platters at Ancora no doubt help maintain its podium standing.