It was Mom’s birthday this month so Pretty Sis and I took her and some other family members to a place interestingly called Cork and Fin in Gastown. I guess by that name it means they specialize in wines and seafood??
They are a participant of the Let’s Go For Dinner program which gives you 50% off dinner certificates. Use my referral code (RAF315892) if you are interested!!
The entrance is quite inconspicuous as it doesn’t really have the restaurant name stand out. But it’s also not hard to find.
The staff is actually very, very nice and helpful. We were originally seated near the door in the middle of the restaurant, but knowing our Asian parents, they don’t like that. So we asked for a more intimate booth near the back of the restaurant. The staff were extremely nice about it and accommodated us well.
Another thing was, our aunt is a vegetarian, but they obviously didn’t really have strict vegetarian options here, so once again we made special requests and again the server was very helpful with his suggestions.
The bread, however, took quite a bit to arrive. It wasn’t served warm as I would’ve preferred but it was soft and fresh. I think it’s just regular bread as it didn’t taste much like sourdough to me.
A thing to note though is that this is mostly a share-plate type restaurant, so don’t expect big portions.
Now my aunt is quite the finicky and picky eater. We sort of picked for her the normal Market Salad which came with walnuts, pear, and a creamy gorgonzola dressing. That actually sounded pretty divine to us however PS and I both knew without asking that she will complain about the intense (and delicious) flavor of the gorgonzola, so we just asked for the dressing to be changed to a regular lemon and olive oil one.
PS, Mom and I are more the foodie types. We ordered the small Seafood Tower to share. It was a good deal at $33 and it came with 4 portions of cooked clams and mussels, raw oysters and cooked shrimp. Everything was very very fresh, especially the oysters, with its rich and flavorful brine it was easily the best part of the tower. My next favorite were the fat mussels, which were both sweet and rich with such a satisfying bite. The clams were ok, decent sized but not much to say in terms of flavor, and the shrimp was like a regular shrimp cocktail type thing. The tower was served with a cocktail sauce, a garlicky lemon vinagrette, and a cucumber sunomono (which was just alright. Presented well though.).
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