A fine dinner in a very fine location on the Sunshine Coast

The Blue Heron Restaurant is a wonderful small country inn on the Sunshine Coast and is located just a short drive from Coracle Cove. It has been operated by a husband and wife team for almost twenty years. Manuel is an award winning chef who escaped from the hectic restaurant scene in Toronto to return, with his wife Gail, to her hometown on the Sunshine Coast.

The Blue Heron

The portions at the Blue Heron are always generous so sharing is a good strategy. The plate below is actually my half of the Digby Scallops wrapped in Proscuitto and it was the perfect starter for what I knew would be an evening of sampling many interesting dishes.

BLUE HERON APPETIZER

The restaurant is intimate, seating perhaps 25-30 and features a warm cedar post and beam interior with expansive west-facing views of Sechelt Inlet. We were able to enjoy this lovely sunset with a glass of wine. The menu offers a limited selection of decent wines, however,  you can bring your own and pay a $20 corkage fee.

ocean view from Blue Heron

Several of my guests have previously ordered the Seafood Trio and I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed.   This entree comes with a choice of soup or salad. I chose the latter and was served a small caesar, carefully dressed. Next came four perfectly cooked prawns, a fresh salmon filet, and smoked black cod with tarragon sauce. Entrees are served with a side plate of steamed vegetables.

Seafood Trio at Blue Heron

My wife loves scallops and doubled up with her entree, Digby Scallops and Prawns, also served with the tarragon sauce.  Scallops are best when they’re just seared and while this can be a problem in a busy kitchen with getting them to the table, the chef and servers teamed up to nail it perfectly.

Prawns & Digbey Scallops at Blue Heron

Sheila is also a great fan of creme caramel and this demanding dish is frequently on her wish list, both at home and when we are dining out. Tonight’s dish, unfortunately, didn’t quite measure up to my own creations, so I guess I’ve still got a job.

Creme Caramel at Blue Heron

The raspberry tart that I ordered, however, was over the top. The fresh, tangy raspberry filling was just the right contrast after my seafood trio, and a perfect ending to this fine dinner.

Raspberry Tart at Blue Heron

All in all, this was a very fine meal and a wonderful treat for ourselves after a couple of very busy weeks. We’re so lucky to have this little gem, just a short ten-minute drive away.

Follow this link to return to Coracle Cove Waterfront Suite www.coraclecove.com

About Coracle Cove

The Sunshine Coast is on Vancouver’s doorstep, and while it’s only 40 minutes away, it's one of BC’s best kept secrets. In Everything Sunshine Coast we’ll unlock the secrets and share our best insider tips to help you get the most out of your next getaway to the Sunshine Coast. Jack & Sheila Pope escaped to the Sunshine Coast over 35 years ago. They own Coracle Cove, a bed & breakfast and vacation rental business, and enjoy sharing the beauty of the Sunshine Coast with visitors from around the world. www.coraclecove.com
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