We were driving back from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver when we discovered the town of Oliver, British Columbia. Billed as the “Wine Capital of Canada,” we were surprised to find that the town wasn’t yuppie at all – it was a quaint frontier-looking town. We decided to stop here for lunch.
Here, at the northernmost point of Canada’s only desert, we found a seafood restaurant. It seemed like the stupidest possible choice, so we made it. “Sinbad’s Seafood” it was.
We entered an exceptionally clean and bright storefront. We were greeted by a friendly waitress. We each ordered a cup of the seafood chowder and split a two-piece order of fish & chips.
The menu touts the chowder as “Rich New England Style.” I do beg to differ with that, having grown up in New England and clogging my arteries for decades with thick cream-based chowders. This chowder had more of a broth-base, and was loaded with huge chunks of salmon, cod and potato. It was, in fact, delicious! The chowder was hearty and filling despite the fact that they were merely cups. We were glad we had decided to split an entrée.
When the fish arrived, we were shocked by the amount of food: very generous. The batter was crisp and flavorful – and perfectly cooked. The fish was tender and flaky. Even the French fries were excellent. Nothing was greasy.
Including our sodas, the meal came to under $25.00. Not bad for our pricey neighbors to the North.
Friendly staff, convenient location, appropriate décor, great food and reasonable prices: we give Sinbad’s two thumbs up.
35656 97th Street
Oliver, British Columbia, Canada VOH 1T0