We're in Vancouver, so our dinner thoughts immediately turn to seafood. Call up trusty Trip Advisor and, yay, a highly-rated seafood restaurant away from the chaos of downtown. Make a quick call and secure a reservation and off we go.
Initial impression, Perkins-type booths and wall decor. But wait, the table linens are crisp and starched. The silverware nice and sturdy. Nice glassware. Things are promising.
Our server (the only server) was amazing. He was attentive without being annoying. Never once called us "guys". Knew the menu and described the dishes with great detail. And he brought us our food hot.
Now, to the food. For apps, we had clam chowder (delish) and a clam and mussel dish with leeks, tomatoes, and chorizo in a peppercorn broth. We'll start by saying that we love peppercorns, so having the broth filled with them suited us to a T. The clams and mussels were full of briny flavor. We adored the leeks. I passed on the chorizo, but hubby stated that it added a new dimension to a fairly commonly-offered dish.
Next, the mains. We took our server's recommendation and went with the fish specials; halibut and John Dory. We both loved our fish, nicely seasoned in a herb crust that enhanced, but did not overwhelm, the delicate flavor of the fish. The John Dory was new to us and we found it incredibly flavorful and slightly oily (good fish oily, not bad). The halibut was milder and very good too. What rocked the specials were the sides. Awesome!!! A perfectly cooked whole carrot (never seen that before), two asparagus spears, two large broccoli florets (stems needed cleaning), and a grilled red pepper. All presented atop of excellent mashed potatoes. They were creamy and had a sweetness to them we were unable to identify.
Missteps? A few, but very minor. First, I don't think a brown mushroom/shrimp gravy pairs well with fish. It's only fair to state that hubby disagreed with me and thought it enhanced the dish. We both dislike when our dirty silverware is taken from our app plates and put back on the table. Please give us a new fork for our entree.
If we lived here, we'd go as often as our checkbook allowed. It's not cheap. But we felt the price was appropriate for the quality of service and food, that we received.
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