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“"Tasty but noisy"”
Review of Fishworks

Fishworks
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed January 1, 2010

Recently for my birthday I went to this restaurant with a friend. I have to agree with previous reviews that it was noisy, even though it was not full. The high ceilings and wooden floors contribute to it. If they had some tapestry on the walls, carpet on the floors it would be quieter. We could hear the noisy also coming from the kitchen as the door was kept open the entire time, although our table was not near it.
One of the staff who attended our table also addressed us as "you guys" (we are two males in their late 50's) and the staff was a young woman in her earlier 20's at the most.
There were some 4 lights burned out, which means that were the restaurant full, some tables would be without sufficient light.
As for the food, it is true that the portion of the main plates are not large and if one had only a main plate, it may not be enough for an adult male. However, an appetizer plus a main plate is sufficient. We did that and felt that a dessert would not had been necessary.
I had the Albacore Tuna Tataki, Mango-Avocado salad, Bay yuzu vinaigrette which was a good-sized portion and quite good, followed by the Queen Charlotte Sablefish, Sake Kasu marinated, Pearl onion, Shitake mushroom main plate which was very well prepared and really tasty. My companion opted for the Lobster bisque, Crème fraîche, which he found had more tomato than lobster but which was pleasant nonetheless as well as being also a good-sized portion, not the small cups sometimes served in similar restaurants. He followed it with the Icy Waters Arctic Char, Braised rhubarb, Citrus Emulsion, which had a small portion of char, although the rhubarb and citrus was a wonderful complement to the char.
They do not have a dessert menu neither in the website nor in their printed menu as they limit themselves to three items only: creme brulée, taramisu and mascarpone with almond ice cream. I chose the mascarpone, which was standard, very ordinary and my friend found his choice of creme brulée very boring.
My friend also had a cocktail and the martini glass in which was served had a chip. He drank some of it avoiding the chipped area and pointed it out to the server, who promptly offered to bring another one at no extra charge. Since 1/2 of it had been drunk already the offer was declined. At the end, when getting the bill, they did not charge for the drink, which was the correct thing to do and it was appreciated.
To sum up, the restaurant could improve by paying more attention to detail, instruct staff to address customers with less familiarity (especially when the customers are not their own age) and finding ways to cut down the noise, as we could not even hear the music in the background, and improving in the quality and selection of desserts.
We may return there and see whether any changes have been implemented, as the food is tasty.

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Reviewed December 19, 2009

Hi

the week before Christmas my wife and I ate here. The eggplant salad and beet carpaccio salad starters were good, especially the latter, The main course bouillabaisse was aslo good. They had to sustitute spaghetti for my black linguine and the prawns, three only and whole were on the small side, however the dish was tasty with the added bacon.

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Reviewed November 24, 2009

We went to this restaurant by chance. It had been open for only 2 weeks. My wife and I are both "foodies" and love to sample new places. The space is open and fresh, a bit sparse, but comfortable. We ordered the seafood platter for 2. A delicious combo of clams, prawns, oysters, tuna and other delights. Then my wife had fish and chips, which was tender , juicy, light batter. I had the sable fish which was delicious, but such a small serving that it felt like the chef was trying to stretch the portions. about 2 to 3 ounces at best. But everything on the plate was delicious. And we never got to sample the bread as they forgot to bring it.

A friend also wen recently and was rather disappointed. The oysters were served with the nectar removed - a real no-no for oyster lovers. Should not happen in a real fish specialty restaurant. They also complained of too small portions and spotty service.

Lower Lonsdale is an upcoming area, with a greater number of restaurants. I do hope Fishworks reads this and takes action: we all want it do do well and to serve us again soon.

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Reviewed November 12, 2009

This restaurant had only been opened a week when we visited, so any comments must be taken as preliminary. That said, it was a welcome addition to Lower Lonsdale and to the lower mainland more generally. How many times have visitors asked for recommendations for seafood restaurants, and we've only been able to think of the same very few names? The room itself is very nice: custom celing lamps, a warm shade of flooring, local photography on the walls, open but not spartan. The food coming out of the kitchen definitely didn't disappoint; it was very well prepared, delicious, visually appealing. The service was enthusiastic, but a bit unpolished (when will the message that "you guys" isn't an appropriate form of address to middle-aged customers in an upscale restaurant get through to the industry?). And the opening week kinks should be easy enough to fix (not enough wine coolers, no apertifs at the bar, not knowing where to find replacements for tea lights that burn out). All in all, this place is off to an excellent start.

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