December 2, 2019

FEAST | Fresh Sheet x Coquille Fine Seafood x Gastown

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown—(November 18, 2019) Coquille Fine Seafood has been around now for a minute now after initially opening to much anticipation and fanfare thanks to its sterling pedigree inherited from team L'Abattoir and their renowned "slaughterhouse" location just a few blocks away.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver

Since its inception, I have always enjoyed spending time in Coquille's regally cavernous, and classically nautically ornate 4,100-square-foot dining room (seating a hundred) with every detail or aspect complementing the whole sea theme to a tee.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver
albacore tuna crudo and roasted foie gras (with green apple, pickled onion, and maple)
We were invited to taste Coquille's various lunch menu dishes from L'Abattoir Executive Chef Lee Cooper and Chef de Cuisine Chris Janowsk. To start, their beautifully plated seafood platter was a fine treat for seafood lovers made of freshly prepared catches.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver
potato gnocchi (with salted cod, poached egg, and burgundy truffle)
I found the well put-together appetizer and entrée dishes all rather quite delightful in mixing traditional fare with fanciful ingredients from the ocean.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver

The tuna crudo and its foie gras was particularly decadent in its simple tastiness while the gnocchi felt classically comforting in its many flavours.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver
cassoulet (with grilled striped bass, crab sausage, boudin noir, and beans)
Full of rich hearty ingredients, the creamy slow-cooked cassoulet had so many pleasing meaty elements to it as another meal highlight.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver
banana cream pie (with graham crumbs and tonka bean caramel)
To cap off our decadent meal, the classic banana cream dessert was deliciously satisfying with the just-right cream filling to crumble ratio with fine layers of marshmallows and bananas.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver
Sailor's Platter (with oysters, king crab, shrimp cocktail, scallops, littleneck clams, mussels, tuna tartare, and albacore tuna)
As initially conceived and hoped for, Coquille doesn't reinvent or even save Downtown Vancouver's thirst for modern seafood. But instead, after refining its offerings and experience, it's nestled nicely into a familiar groove of fresh but upscale and traditionally approachable seafood fine dining.

Coquille Fine Seafood | Gastown, Vancouver

On a final (somewhat ironic) note, the seafood restaurant is reportedly for sale less than two years after its opening.


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