OceanWise Pop-up Cafe, Vancouver

Back by popular demand, the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Pop-Up Café returns for a second year at Dine Out Vancouver.

From January 19 to February 4, enjoy a healthy, sustainable three-course meal featuring recipes from Executive Chef Ned Bell’s inaugural cookbook, Lure, with optional wine pairings and upgrade courses available at the event.

Chefs Josh Wolfe and Ned Bell
[Josh Wolfe with Ned Bell at Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown]

There will be two seatings per night in the bistro-esque Aquarium Café: 6 pm and 8 pm (each seating lasts 1.5 hours). And just in case you’re not a seafood lover, both poultry and vegetarian menu options will be available.

Ocellated Freshwater Stingray at Vancouver Aquarium
[Ocellated Freshwater Stingray]

Explore the Aquarium’s galleries after the early seating or before the late seating, perhaps getting a final chance to peruse the cownose and southern stingrays in Vanaqua’s DISCOVER RAYS exhibit, due to close in early spring.

Torched Albacore Tuna Tataki Salad


Torched Albacore Tuna Tataki Salad; Kevin Clark photo


First Course

Torched Albacore Tuna Tataki Salad

Honey, lemon, sesame & radishes


Fanny Bay Clam Chowder

Chilliwack Corn foam, maple brown butter

Chef Ned’s Famous Dungeness Crab Tacos
[Chef Ned’s Famous Dungeness Crab Tacos; Meighan Makarchuk photo]

Upgrade your small plate with Chef Ned’s Famous Dungeness Crab Tacos for $15

Main Course

Icy Waters Arctic Char

Laird Lentils, Parsnips 2 Ways, Vanilla, Hazelnuts

Organic Ocean Northern Coho Wild BC Salmon

Cauliflower, Cashews, Cranberries, Black Pepper Vinaigrette


Rossdown Farms Chicken

Celery Root, Caramelized Cabbage, Watercress, BC Birch Syrup Dressing

Enhance your entrée with Selva Shrimp for $10


Sea ‘Weed’ Brownies

Kelp, Almond Praline

Roasted Apple Tart

Whipped Cream, Caramel

Ocean Wise table seating; photo Meighan Makarchuk

Ocean Wise Pop-Up Café

Venue: Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
Dates: January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and February 2, 3, 4; 6 pm and 8 pm seatings
Tickets: $62.35, including taxes and gratuities
Note: All sales final. No refunds, exchanges or cancellations. Exchanging a seating for a different date may be accommodated (when available). No children’s menu available.

Copies of Ned Bell’s Lure will also be available for purchase.

Visit Dine Out Vancouver online for more events.

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