10 Fresh Seafood Dishes

Although we may not have the luxury of coastal living, the variety and creativity of seafood menu items around town never cease to amaze me. From ceviche to whole roasted fish, here are 10 great seafood dishes that you can enjoy before our beautiful summer comes to a close. Barley…

Although we may not have the luxury of coastal living, the variety and creativity of seafood menu items around town never cease to amaze me. From ceviche to whole roasted fish, here are 10 great seafood dishes that you can enjoy before our beautiful summer comes to a close.

Barley Mill Frank’s Chili Lime Mussels ($15)

Cool off after a stroll in Prince’s Island Park inside this popular pub in Eau Claire. A huge bowl of mussels comes out steaming hot, with a sweet, tangy broth. Ask for extra bread to soak it all up. (201 Barclay Parade S.W., 403-290-1500, barleymill.net, @thebarleymill)

Big Fish Pan Roasted Manitoba Walleye ($27)

It’s hard to go wrong with this fresh walleye, served with pine nuts, pancetta and wilted spinach. Big Fish is the perfect place for a cozy summer seafood date. (1112 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-403-277-3403, big-fish.ca)

Catch Wild B.C. Octopus Terrine ($15)

Although fresh oysters are a no-fail here, try out this chilled octopus dish, accented by chorizo, new potatoes and mizuna (tangy Japanese mustard greens). (100 8 Ave. S.E., 403-206-0000)

downtownfood Ceviche ($14)

A bowl full of diver scallops and mussels in a lemongrass-based cure makes for a refreshing bite at Stephen Avenue’s newest restaurant. (628 8 Ave. S.W., 403-587-353-3474)

Ki Modern Marinated Swordfish Kushiyaki ($16)

Chunks of swordfish are marinated and skewered alongside shishito peppers and topped off with a charred tomato ginger salsa. (308 4 Ave. S.W., 403-264-1133)

Ox & Angela Scallops ($21)

Seared scallops with crushed peas, cherry tomatoes and Serrano ham, finished with mint. It’s like summer on a plate, and then in your mouth. (528 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-1432, oxandangela..com)

Rouge Poached Wild B.C. Salmon ($20)

I won’t lie, this salmon filet doesn’t look like much on the plate – it’s plain, quite reddish and looks almost raw. Bite into it though and you’re in for a treat. The filet is cured briefly and then cooked sous vide, and the result is the most tender, moist and flavourful piece of salmon I’ve ever tasted. – Jennifer Hamilton (1240 8 Ave. S.E., 403-531-2767, rougecalgary.com, @rougecalgary)

Taste Prawn Ceviche ($11)

Taste’s take on ceviche features prawn, tomato, lime juice and sunflower seeds, with some jalapeos for a nice amount of heat. Topped with crispy popiah. Note: That is not “papaya” spelled wrong, it is Fujian rice roll paper. (1210 1 St. S.W., 403-233-7730)

Teatro Pacific Halibut ($35)

This fresh cut of fish sits atop a rich cauliflower puree, with crispy potatoes, chopped pepperonata and, last but not least, lemon air to heighten the whole dining experience. (200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca, @TeatroCalgary)

Vero Bistro Baby Calamari Frisco ($13)

This crispy calamari appetizer is served with a bright almond-based romesco sauce and lemon saffron aioli for dipping. Great for sharing. (209 10 St. N.W., 403-283-8988, verobistro.ca, @verobistro)

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