Walking into the Whalesbone Oyster House is like walking into someone’s home. You have wonderful music playing, atmosphere, conversation and the most beautiful and delicious food. The only problem you might have if you walk in is that you might get a seat at the bar, but you know what, that’s not really a problem because even the bar is a treat! You’ll be able to watch the oysters get shucked and be able to ask the shucker some of the most random oyster questions that you can think of (“Have you ever found any pearls?”).
For my appetizer I chose the BC Albacore Tuna – ever so slightly charred, served with avocado, celery, cucumber, crème fraiche and caviar. Delicate, delicious, it’s the kind of dish that makes you smile when you take that first bite and be a little bit sad when you stick your fork in that last bit of cucumber. For my main, it was a no brainer; I had to have the Qualicum Beach Scallops. Their sweet taste and firm texture are hard to resist coupled with Cherokee potatoes, leeks and spinach. Could I resist dessert? Of course not, I ordered the Snickers. This deconstructed version of the well known chocolate bar is decadent – brownie, ganache, dulce, peanuts, sponge toffee and salted caramel ice cream – I dare you to finish it, I couldn’t.
There are so many other dishes I need to try from this restaurant; I am looking forward to my next visit. If you haven’t been to the Whalesbone, you need to go.
The Whalesbone Oyster House
430 Bank Street