cork & fin- VANCOUVER
the usual friday night dining at gastown with the girls. we love gastown’s historic charm and the energy it gives off on weekend nights! it was our first time at cork & fin and although we made reservations, we weren’t seated until half an hour later. i probably wouldn’t blame the maitre d’ because the previous table really took their time. after they finally left, we took over the table by the window. it was a bit tight for five people but we were too hungry and frustrated to be bothered. as our meal progressed, some of my friends found the server snooty and unfriendly. we were probably the youngest group of people there but it gives her no reason to undermine us! meh. despite all that, i would probably come back because i believe in second chances and bad luck, but most importantly, the food was memorable.
i had to throw in the picture of my friends beautiful jewlery that she bought in ibiza!
very fitting with the setting.
lobster salad- bacon and champagne vinaigrette ($16)
it’s difficult to resist fresh clean greens with mushrooms and chunks of lobster meat! a nice mix of texture. i will need to come back for this!
1/2 dozen oysters ($17)
sandy was given a choice of small/medium/large oysters and mistakenly ordered the small ones.
nevertheless, she really enjoyed it.
half roasted chicken- pan gravy ($17)
such a large plate of chicken! i had a piece of this but i don’t remember much. lots of butter in the gravy indeed.
grilled sirloin- red wine demi-glace ($15)
i didn’t get to try this but nadia really liked her steak.
sablefish- poached in milk with napa cabbage in grainy mustard ($13)
my favorite part was the napa cabbage and sauce.
dungeness crab mashed potatoes- w/lemon butter ($9)
my friends thought this was good but it doesn’t compare to the lobster mashed potatoes at coast that is just mouth-watering good.
overall, the whole dining experience from sitting down and onwards was a good one. my only complaint about the food is that the portions are on the small side. besides that, i’d come back to try other items and hope they improve on service.