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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

1118 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B2T9
Tel: (604) 689-8318 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 687-5109
Neighbourhood: Yaletown

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A delighted evening out
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 11:07am [Dine in]

I was here for the Taste of Yaletown. When I was reading the menus, this was one of the restaurants that stood out for me.

There was a couple of us,. I tried out their raw oysters, surf and turf (steak, prawns and scallop) AND their Almond Pear Tart. Others had the seafood chowder and the sablefish, which all seems really good.

Although we had to order other stuff on the side, it turned out to about $45 per person, which I thought it was quite reasonable.

Will definately going back!

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Nothing Special.
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Goldfish has a great ambiance, the staffs are all friendly and very experienced but unfortunately the food here sucks. The sugar cane skewered prawn sounded interesting but it theres nothing special to it. The halibut was very dry and poorly cooked in bland soup base. The steak was average. I think for the price and location they must improve on the taste and quality of their food! For dessert we had the house special which was cream puffs with chocolate drizzle, MEH~ again nothing special!

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Fusion flavours, modern room, good service
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Love Goldfish. From their ability to squeeze our party in despite losing our initial reso is what I call good service. Their current Taste of Yaletown promo is so worth the price. Portions were good considering the 3 course promo was only $35. I ventured off the promo though while the other diners had it. I tried their sweet potato and pork curry, it was good, flavourful and enough to be shared by 2 with some complex carbs on the side. Our server was so sweet and attentive. The room was modern yet comfortable. The flavours are different as it's fusion so western traditional stuff will have that tint of say lemon grass or basil or ginger but oh my, it was good stuff. I did not care too much for the crispy squid cuz I've had better but the other dishes worked. Their Arctic Char promo was another hit. I recommend this place wholeheardtedly!

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I'll go against the grain...
By madddskillz of Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 1:29am [Dine in]

I actually quite enjoyed goldfish. The ambiance is a little off with the TV's... is it a high end restaurant or is it a sports bar?? And it seems like it's half-asian fusion... but they didn't want to go all the way.

Service was decent.. not much to say about that.

But in terms of food, everything was pretty good. The black cod was very smooth and had good flavor. I likedit alot.. except the portion was tinnyyy. I think my date had the trout.. or something similar, and it was quite good as well. We also liked the hand cut chips and the prawns on sugarcanes. I will agree with everyone else that it was quite pricey for what you get..

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Needs some more work...
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Give it some time and IM sure Goldfish will soon be alot better. Hit this joint last night and was not overlly excited about the food. Service was good but most of the food was delayed and served almost 50 mins apart bewteen the appys and the mains. Hopefully after some time and the kitchen getting the kinks out this place should be an exciting Yaletown eatery. I'll come back in 2 months to give it another try and hopefully this time, I wont wait more than 20 minutes between the appy and main entree.

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Posers Eating Asian food
By bonger of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 23, 2010 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Was in a private room for a bachelor party for 10 people of half white guys & asians.. Food was from a set menu for $50 that includes appetizer, main & desert.

Both me and my buddy's chicken was not fully cooked, flavours reasonable, but nothing was outstanding, with small portionsl. Ambience was good, restaurant was full, but full of pretensious, posery people overpaying for Asian food.

Service was solid for a busy night and only redeeming quality of the place.

Make a long story short, we all went out to eat again afterwards.

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my steak is size of egg...
By lil_angel of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 11:25am [Dine in]

I went to goldfish for TOY menu few days ago.
The menu sounded delicious options so we chose it without reconsideration. Maybe I was wrong. I went during happy hour and it looked like a much better deal than this menu.

Beef rib was moist and tender but it tasted more like something I could cook at home with pressure cooker. Nothing exciting there. My premium oysters were SURPRISINGLY small. size of toonie. They sell these for 15$ for 4??? thank goodness it was 3 course meal menu. I would be super duper disappointed. It had good side sauce but super disappointed by the portion. Then the steak came. It was so tiny. smallest steak i've seen anywhere. It was size of a small egg. My boyfriend couldn't believe they charge 35$ for this in the regular menu. HE was not even half full after eating this.

Their dessert was better. creme brulee was delicious but the entree was so small in portion. I am not a big eater but this was just ridiculous.
I will not come back for regular menu. maybe for happy hour menu. It seemed to have more variety and "appropriate portion size"

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I would call it 'overrated' except no-one seems to be rating this highly....
By pachowhi of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Give me a break, Vancouverites are more food savvy than this.

Goldfish comes in at a price point that can only be justified by good food. We tried this place on our anniversary and left after our appetizers. Don't get me wrong, the decor is modern and both the Mayor of Vancouver and Isaiah Washington were eating here when we went on Sunday, so there's clearly some 'buzz' around Goldfish, but my advice is stay away.

The word 'snowed' occured to my companion and I as I was served up a way too pulpy cran/blueberry martini and a prawn cocktail made up of 5 or 6 small, shriveled up (aka overcooked) things that wouldn't even meet Costco's standards. We also had the scallops, which were cooked but not flavoured properly. That is, they were crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside, but the sauce was so BLAND that my palate cannot - honestly - recall any taste!

We had also ordered a host of other things, including the chili crab (at $59) and halibut ($26) , which I was really excited about, a fish dish, a few sides like asparagus, rice, and mushrooms (since everything comes a la carte) and alot of alcohol (you should know that the wine list is very poor, it's not only limited but doesn't contain better selections - more like a wine list suited to a Milestones or Earls calibre and even that's arguable).

The appies were such a disappointment that we canceled the rest of the order, paid, and went somewhere else! Don't get me wrong, we weren't unhappy or angry with this experience (as our waitress was warm and friendly), just hugely disappointed and unwilling to shell out more for such poor quality. I can see what others are saying about the service though, the hostessing was pretentious and one of the managers (I think) we came to speak of us was as well.

I love dining out (do so alot) and I love great food, excellent service, and a cool ambience - Goldfish just doesn't have it.

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Tastes good to me!
By LadyN80 of North vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

So I was here a few days ago and gotta say, really good food!

For starters, I recommend ordering the Braised Shortribs (literally melts off the bone) and the Crispy Prawn and Scallop spring roll...sooo good!

I ordered the Jumbo Tiger Prawns for my entree. There's about 6 prawns cooked in a spicy (but not too spicy) coconut sauce and sprinkled with coriander tempura and a side of rice. Pair it with a nice glass of wine and it is absolutely delicious and highly recommended!

I also though the service was good. They even fold your napkin back for you if you step away from your table! How many restaurants do that??

I know the price is pretty steep, but if you're looking for a nice dinner out of town and feel like splurging, go to Goldfish.

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Classy, Cool And Very Expensive
By melanielinda of port moody evergreen (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Before a movie at the Theatre, we head over for our reservation to Goldfish Pacific Kitchen. They are located in yaletown so I expected something hip but they were very very hip, modern and had a great ambiance. I was pleasantly surprised by their excellent smoky platters - not exactly generous portions of food, pork, but the quality more than made up for it and the portions were certainly adequate. Delightful and flavourful!

Service is super friendly too. The waiter was kind and funny and the hostess was polite and well dressed.
The price was high but I was not paying (he he) and the company was wonderful
But be forewarned - it is close to club land so expect that crowd... but don't let it hold you back from good food!

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Needs new management
By coffeegurl of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

We went to Goldfish and the food was sub-par, but not so bad. The worst thing was the manager, talk about being rude. The waitress was taking so long to put our bill together (over 30 minutes) and when we asked how much longer, he snapped back at us and said it takes 3 minutes per transaction and you have a table of 12. Talk about inexperienced. Take your business elsewhere!

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Great ambiance, food is just ok
By shyred05 of Coal Harbour, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 11:25am [Dine in]

Ordered the squid tempura and braised lamb shank. honestly, for the price, i expected more!! stepho's 12 cdn roasted lamb was better. our bill for 2 ended up 170 cdn (tip included)... the entrees took soooo freaking long too. well our server gave us tuna tatakis on the house to compensate... honestly i think this resto is over rated! would rather spend my money elsewhere.

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Shaken and Stirred at Goldfish
By kimmi of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

The food is nothing special, but we've always liked the room.

After overhearing a group of the bar staff making rude comments about a customer a little too loudly, I asked my husband that we boycott Goldfish.

All that upbeat Olympic energy on the streets of Yaletown got us into Goldfish once again for an afternoon cocktail.
We had our drinks, paid the waitress we'd ordered from, and as we were leaving one of the staff runs after my husband, grabs him, slams down the bill and yells "YOU WANNA PAY FOR YOUR DRINKS?!"
To which he replied, he had already paid.
We were stunned by the crass employee, embarrassed at being treated so rudely in front of the whole restaurant, and ever determined to never, ever go there again.

$15 cocktails and the staff treated us like that? We're good, decent people. Noone should have to contend with either of our last two visits there.

Give it a wide miss until they get their act together.

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all around pleasant experience every time
By ChIrish of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

Mrs. ChIrish and I have gone to Goldfish on a number of occasions. Our first venture there was for our first anniversary. Our server made us feel like VIP's after mild conversation led to our purpose in being there that night. The kitchen sent out a small ahi tuna amuse bouche on the house and she had the manager send out some cointreau to go with our after dinner tea. High points in the service department.

Every time we go, we make sure to order the squid tempura. It comes in just a bare dusting of flour or starch to make it crispy and is served with beautiful thai (i think) chillies, onions and a soy dipping sauce. Deelish ala Rachel Ray (can't stand her).

No matter what it is that we order, we always leave satisfied. If you have the chance to get out to the patio during the summer, be sure to stick around and enjoy the experience for a while. Order some asian-inspired cocktails, kick back and enjoy Vancouver's summer night....though there's no "view" to be sure....

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price okay service and ambiance tops
By m135 of New Westminster, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

It's definitely the best fusion food I've ever had in Vancouver, the atmosphere is good and the food was beautifully presented. The waitress was very cute (so was the hostess!) and the service was wonderful. First of all, the place is well-designed, cute and cheery. The food is delicious and flavourful! absolutely delicious. Very well-presented, not like the usually "messy" Oriental food we're all used to in Vancouver. This restaurant is a must-go! :)

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Wannabe
By incognito of downtown (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 10:09am [Dine in]

Goldfish is brightly decorated and all hard edges making it very loud. Everyone has to shout to be heard. Getting service from the zoned out staff requires more than shouting. Hand gestures and hunting servers down is sometimes required. The food is what you expect in a food court at 10 times the price. The gyoza were bland and the salads were minuscule. The mains were forgettable. Our champagne was served lukewarm. This is more a place for cocktails than for dining.

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Impressive prix fixe menu!
By 148jules of Quebec & 18th (33 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Room is very trendy and stylish. Music could have been toned down a bit and should be chill out music esp at 5pm.
Our group ordered each item from the prix fixe menu so we had a chance to try it all. Food was amazing. Portions were not skimped on.

Starter: I highly disagree with the comment below about the Mustard Greens salad (it is definitely NOT a bagged salad) - the salad was fresh, had a zesty dressing, as well a good bite from the greens. The size of it was enough to serve 2. The Lemongrass Tomato Soup came with 2 chicken satays - again huge serving! A side order of Duck Spring Rolls were a bit overpriced ($13) for just 3 small rolls.

Entree: The Ling Cod was well prepared; the black bean sauce was very salty though and not a good match with the fish. The Sweet Potato and Pork Curry was very tasty - it came in a huge bowl but with no white rice - it should be offered without the extra charge!!! The Maple Soy Chicken was the highlight - very tender and again 2 large pieces of chicken - too much food.

Sides: Bacon Fried Rice was a huge hit. Yes it is like Chinese fried rice but a perfect complement to the main dishes. There actually is no need to order any sides as the entrees did come with some veggies.

Dessert: Ginger Creme Brulee was very subtle in ginger taste and excellent consistency. However the coconut tart was a huge disappointment - a very dry shredded coconut patty baked and served with vanilla yogurt and pineapple pieces on top. Definitely order the creme brulee over the coconut tart or something from the a la carte dessert menu.

Despite the few misses I highly recommend this restaurant.

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good prix fixe menu
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

Heard about this place from friends and had to try it out. Since I knew about the prix fixe menu that is what me and my friend had.

The selection was good on the menu and the items are things that also show up on the regular menu.

Another friend had complained to me that he found the food too salty but what I selected was fine ( black cod)

The ambience is quite trendy and I kept thinking it looked very James Bond's like in the room. Its quite large and the orange wall was quite 60ish.

Would go back and try out the regular menu

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A spacious modern restaurant in Yaletown
By matsu of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 24, 2008 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

Went to Goldfish on a saturday evening, the place is very spacious for yaletown standards. The ambiance is nice, it has a changing-color wall on one side. The relatively big room is divided into diff sections, colorful lounge/bar area with TVs, big booths for group diners, smaller tables in the middle of the room for more intimate diners, and brighter ambiance towards the end of the room which has large windows (no view tho)

Everything from utensils to furnitures seems clean and new.

Food is mediocore to decent, i had the oyster as appy - not worth $19 for half a dozen of tiny oysters.

Tried Artic Char in lime coconut sauce - it was a bit overcooked but the sauce and the side fruit salad made up for it.

Also tried the 5 spice wok beef with rice - for only $16 this is a nice dish, can fill one person up easily. The beef was cooked nicely and the sauce is appetizing.

Had the chocolate sushi as dessert, it looked really good, but tasted just OK, the entire thing wasnt soft or moist enough in my opinion.

It's also offering $25 prifix dinner before 6pm, I didnt pay attention to that menu but cant go wrong with $25 i guess.

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Too Loud, Too full of itself
By tasterdude of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

We were left waiting at the door for a few minutes with no acknowledgment.
Once seated, the server only provided the very basic service of taking the order and bringing food, no other attempts at service.
The food was all mediocre, institutional quality.
The room was loud and full of Yaletown faux-hiptsers trying to pick eachother up... sad.
Sorry, but not the place for a food lover, or anywhere near a romantic event.

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