Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Generous portions at Eddy's Pink Peppercorn

Pink Peppercorn Seafood House on Urbanspoon After the popular Cannery restaurant closed, it essentially resurfaced as (Eddy's) Pink Peppercorn Seafood House (pictures) in a less glamorous neighbourhood, bringing with it favourite menu items such as the Salmon Wellington, and also a touch of pink peppercorn to every plate. If you chance to meet the chef, Eddy, he may tell you the story behind it: It is in memory and honour of his culinary mentor who, sadly, is paralysed on one side.

Decor is fishing-boat trappings plus a few almost cheese items, such as a plastic swordfish and a strange boiled-orange half-prawn half-lobster as you walk in, which nevertheless can be a fun photo op.

Portions are generous: For example, the Salmon Wellington comes in two huge halves, and could easily weigh in as two whole entrees. Bring a friend and order cautiously, especially if you are interested in having an appetizer or dessert.
Plating is rather unimaginative, with many of the fish items being different slabs of fish on otherwise identical plates of mashed potatoes, vegetables, and a very delicious gravy strong with shellfish flavour.
The "Chef's Creation" is basically the fresh sheet. It's what fresh and available in the market, and when we went last Friday night, it was halibut or arctic char. You got a large slab of either, on their generally standard plate.

The food is pretty basic and basically well-prepared. It's hard to argue with properly and professionally prepped food, but if you are looking for ace plating and interesting food that could be hit or miss, and in artistically smaller portions, you are looking in the wrong place. This is almost comfort food in generous portions from people who basically see you fed with good bang for your buck. It's also old school in that they have male waiters and still bring bread to your table.

Desserts were lacklustre, so focus on the seafood when you come here. Stand outs include the thick and flavourful Lobster Bisque, and their signature Salmon Wellington. Pass on the "Seafood Platter" to share, as it is a bit too basic, and some of the items were in too few quantities to share; at $19.95 per person, your money is better spent elsewhere.

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