We went back to Fishworks with the mother-in-law, to try something different off their menu.
For a light starter the ladies had two different scallop dishes. The fusion of tastes were absolutely excellent & the scallops simply melted in your mouth. Incredible. Recommended.
For main courses I ordered smoked sockeye, whilst the ladies ordered (farmed) sturgeon. Unfortunately, the waiter returned 5 mins. later to tell me there was no more sockeye. Consequently, I ordered the halibut. Unfortunately, the same thing happened 5 mins. later. Now very disappointed that the waiter hadn’t bothered to enquiry of the chef what exactly was exactly still left on the menu at 7pm on a Saturday night, I defaulted to fish & chips ! Again he returned 5 mins. later to announce the sockeye was back on the menu ! A curious turn of events, nevertheless it all worked out OK in the end & the sockeye was superb. Again, there was a complex mix of flavours which worked well. We were reticent about having sturgeon, a protected fish, until we were told it was farmed & sourced from Egmont on the Sunshine coast. That too tasted delicious – a dense, white meat, a cross between steak & chicken.
A crisp Marlborough, NZ cabernet sauvignon went very well with the meal though it was a pricey $36. The very hoppy, Driftwood draught beer for ‘starters’ was equally good. There is an adequate selection of wines & beers.
Our waiter was extremely friendly & helpful, though could do with being a little more clued-up as to what was on the menu.
We booked to ensure we got in, as the place can get busy.
The surroundings are bright, clean & adequate.
The food & drink are still a little on the pricey side. The quantities may initially appear small, but are adequate & filling. The food is presented well & the flavours are excellent. What a great treat.
Popular seafood restaurant for a good Saturday night out
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Initially wasn't sure whether this place would live up to expectations, but went on a busy Saturday evening & had a great time.
The restaurant was clean, well lit, airy & vibrant. It was popular & open plan, possible to hold a conversation without loud music or other distractions.
The menu seemed somewhat limiting, focusing on salmon, trout & shellfish, as you might expect. Don't go if you want an extensive range as an alternative to fish - spag.bol., chicken & beef are the only alternatives. I went for the salmon wellington, the name of which seems a bit of an oxymoron, however it's a cullinary term reflecting the fact the salmon was cooked in phyllo pasty ! Nevertheless, although the portion seemed small, it was perfectly cooked & was a well thought out dish, all of the favours complementing each other. The quantity was sufficient in the end. Others in our party had the carbonara & paella, which were equally well presented & tasted good.
The white wine we selected complemented the food, although the mark-up was significant (total price $40). Unfortunately this seems to the norm in Canada, despite the entry level prices already being stupidly over-inflated by BC Liquor's mark-up. Canadian's you really are getting ripped off on alcohol prices - 2x the majority of western countries - disgraceful. It's almost as if the Canadian & Provincial governments are afraid of anyone having a good time.
An acceptable diverse selection of beers.
Service was solid, prompt & efficient.
Value was OK, though probably a little over-inflated by a couple of dollars.
Conveniently located in Lower Lonsdale.
Good for a change. I'd go back sometime in the future to sample something else when the menu's updated.