Many people on the North Shore think of Horseshoe Bay as the community you pass through on the way to the B.C. Ferries dock. It's a place full of fish and chip restaurants, fast food eateries, and grab-and-go places. But nestled on Bay Street is a restaurant that offers something a little different.
The Olive & Anchor, owned by General Manager Rick Kim and Executive Chef Lisa Kim, boasts a menu that brings affordable and approachable fine dining to West Vancouver.
"And, we pride ourselves on being family-friendly," Rick says. "We have a family area complete with books and crayons for the little ones, so they can be entertained while Mom and Dad relax with a glass on internationally-renowned wine."
The Olive & Anchor benefits from Lisa's extensive experience with French cooking in high-end restaurants with Korean heritage.
"Lisa creates menu items that show her passion for cooking through elevating old favourites, like her daily baked limited quantity Chicken Pot Pie, and adding in something different, such as our award-winning Korean Fried Chicken Wings or the Blackened Grilled Wild Salmon."
Executive Chef Lisa also prides herself on choosing the freshest produce and other ingredients available. The Olive & Anchor offers items that are recommended by the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program and dietary preferences, such as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free, can usually be accommodated.
But it's the family-friendly atmosphere that has locals returning time and again. The Olive & Anchor is the destination restaurant of choice to celebrate family birthdays and anniversaries. It's not unusual to see three generations of a family celebrating a meal together.
"It's important to us to welcome parents with kids," Rick explains. "As the father of two young children, I understand how difficult it is to find a restaurant with delicious food and a wide selection of great beer and wine, where you can take the kids."
The Olive & Anchor serves lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturdays. Or you can pop in for the awesome Happy Hour that features tasty nibbles and drink specials from 3pm – 5pm Mondays to Fridays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
"We're closed on Sundays," Rick explains. "because, we wanted to create Sunday as a day for our employees where they can be with their families. Our family is important to us and we want to recognize that our staff needs time to be with their families too."
To view the menu and daily lunch and dinner specials, or to make a reservation, call 604.921.8848, visit the website, email or stop by the restaurant at 6418 Bay Street, West Vancouver. The Olive and Anchor can also be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.