Granville Island’s Bounty of Food: Bistro 101

Road Journals Blog—I spend a lot of time thinking about food. And shopping for food. And, yes, eating food. In fact, I frequently judge my travel destinations by the tastes.

By that criteria, Granville Island, near downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, is a five-star destination.

Bistro 101, Granville Island, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, image

Bistro 101, on Granville Island, dishes up delectable meals. | Courtesy of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

The heart of the island is the sprawling public market where local farmers, fishermen, and other merchants put the bounty of the Northwest on full display. In summer, you can munch on enough free samples of fresh-picked blueberries, blackberries, and peaches to get your full allotment of fruit for the day. If you’re on the road and don’t have access to a kitchen, the fishmongers can ship slabs of salmon, crabs, or halibut to your home.

The Public Market has its share of upscale ethnic food stalls—including Indian, Mexican, Italian, and Japanese options—but I decided to save my appetite for one of the sit-down restaurants that surround the place. It turns out that I didn’t save quite enough. My three-course lunch at Bistro 101, the proving ground for students at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, filled me up so much I could only muster a gelato for dinner. The current lunch menu included pan-seared black cod with apple risotto and Dungeness crab cake with quinoa salad.

OK, now I’m getting hungry again . . .

Do you know any other culinary schools that serve great food?

This blog post was first published in May 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.