Spot prawn season is here. It is famed, long awaited, and it only lasts a few weeks. These Vancouver restaurants are making the most of this sweet and succulent spotted prawn in some delicious special dishes. —Bronwyn Lewis
For two different Thai inspired spot prawn dishes, check out Song in Mount Pleasant. Song is serving spot prawns grilled, and as a ceviche with the heads fried crisp.
Gastown’s Pidgin is serving an entire five course spot prawn dinner on May 31st. This is a one-night only event so reserve your spot now. The prix-fixe menu includes spot prawn tartare, prawn dumplings topped with roe, and spot prawn jjigae.
For a pasta dish with prawns, stop into Ask For Luigi. They have a Spaghetti all Chitarra special with spot prawns, house-made Swiss chard pesto, and mascarpone.
Smitty’s Oyster House has created a spot prawn and scallop aguachile dish with habanero, cucumber, and avocado mousse. Smitty’s will also be including spot prawns in their paella this weekend as part of their Paella Patio Nights.
For a perfectly pure taste of fresh spot prawn sashimi, Sushi Hil is the place to go. The prawn is served peeled, with the head on, and restrainedly garnished.
If you’d like to enjoy spot prawns in addition to a seafood tower or platter of fresh shucked oysters, head to Fanny Bay Oyster Bar downtown.
L’Abattoir in Gastown is showcasing West Coast terroir by serving spot prawn as well. Their succulent grilled spot prawn special is topped with spring ramps.