One of my good friends recommended that we try Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar if we are into seafood. She mentioned that it is very similar to Rodney’s Oyster House. Since I am already a fan of Rodney’s Oyster House, I was excited to take on this new food adventure.
Upon googling about the restaurant, I found out that the owner Richard Chew (a.k.a. Chewies) used to work at Rodney’s; and they the also have the Classic Ceasar drink that I always get at Rodney’s.
We arrived at Chewies around dinner time on a weekday and we were seated fairly quickly. The restaurant wasn’t too full around 6:30pm but it definitely filled up as the night progressed.
Of course I started off ordering my ceasar cocktail which came with shredded horseradish and a large shrimp. It was as delicious as Rodney’s.
Our half-dozen fresh oysters came first. Our server explained that the dish consisted of two types of oysters; Kumamoto oysters and oysters from the East Coast. I apologize because I had forgotten the name of the oyster from the East Coast. Regardless, we all liked the Kumamoto oysters better due to a sweeter taste.
For our entrees we ordered the Gumbo, the Creole Prawns and Scallop Pasta and the Seafood bouillabaisse. Some say that gumbo is never a visually pleasant dish, and I must say I agree. My gumbo plate came in dark brown. It had prawns, chicken, andouille sausage, okra, habanero and rice. It wasn’t bad but I feel that the dish wasn’t exceptional either. I guess okra made the sauce a bit slimy.
The pasta dish was absolutely delicious. It had generous amounts of tiger prawns and Hokkaido scallops. I had a taste and would definitely order this again.
Overall, the experience was pleasant. Our server was laidback and knowledgeable about the food. There were times where we had to wait for a while before we could get our server’s attention but that was understandable considering the restaurant got pretty packed.
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar
2201 W 1st Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K1E9