DTK's Pick Blue water cafe Vancouver

Beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia is often nominated as one of the top places in the world to live, and it’s only fitting that the restaurants in the city where the mountains meet the ocean are among the very best. Besides an abundance of west coast fine dining, the culinary scene is known for its strong ties to Asia since the region is close in proximity to the Pacific Rim gateway. If you’re in town, treat your tastes to the following 5 hot spots.

Blue Water Cafe (bluewatercafe.net)

Like seafood? Then you’ll love Blue Water Cafe, set up in a historic brick building nestled in the trendy Yaletown district. Award-winning chef Frank Pabst has been at the helm of the kitchen since 2003, helping craft several innovative menus from a Raw Bar offering 12 unique types of B.C. oysters and an extensive list of sushi, sashimi and nigiri, to cuisine of a more cooked variety. Try the lingcod accompanied by chorizo sausage, eggplant chickpeas and grape tomatoes ($30.50), or ask what the whole fish of the day is.

Blue Water is a founding member of the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise program, designed to educate consumers around the issue of sustainable seafood.