Ancora has been a standout for quality seafood and signature cocktails in Vancouver since it first launched in 2015, and five years later we can confirm, this False Creek restaurant has still got that ‘it’ factor that people fell in love with at its onset.
The eatery, located right on the picturesque seawall, is known for its sophisticated Peruvian and Japanese fare made with sustainable ingredients and bright, vibrant flavours.
It had been a while since we had stopped in, and with a brand new seafood tower on the menu, or the El Callao tower as they call it, we figured there was no time like the present.
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This offering arrives with freshly shucked oysters, mussels a La Chalaca, scallop shooters, prawn tempura, halibut tiradito, Peruvian cancha, and a tantalizing ceviche shot, something we’re told will kill any hangover (we’d have to come back to test this ourselves).
The El Callao is $50 for two or $95 for four. It’s a nice departure from the traditional towers you might find around town and is definitely worth a try if you’re a seafood lover.
While the season has technically come to a close, if you’d like to hold onto the last delights of summer, the heated patio here with the tower is a great way to do just that.
It’s tough to come to Ancora without dabbling in its impressive array of wines, and more specifically, their signature cocktails.
During our visit, we tried a handful of new picture-perfect libations including new fall cocktails like the La Roja made with vodka, sake, sambuca, blackberry, yuzu juice, and rose, and the stunning Magia Negra, a combo of tacama albilla pisco, nikkei spices, black magic, and gold flakes.
For all you cocktail connoisseurs, there’s some cool stuff going on here, including a Molecular Cocktail of the Month, which is served tableside where you get a step-by-step interactive experience of how the drink is made.
If you’re after more than a couple of drinks and a seafood tower, Ancora’s menu has its regular array of gorgeous dishes packed with international flavours.
Some standouts we tried included the Ceviche Mixto made from mixto mussels, baby scallops, shrimp, squid, seaweed, and calamari and the Octopus Anticucho, a grilled octopus miso-panca with canario bean, baby potato, romesco, and crackling.
It was great to revisit this Vancouver classic, we’d urge you to do the same and take advantage of its outdoor dining space (perfect for people watching, we might add) while you still can.
Address: 1600 Howe Street #2, Vancouver