As a farewell dinner, a table for 10 was reserved at Goldfish. I’m never a fan of Asian-fusion cuisine, but I was intrigued by the decent offering of its $25 prix fixe menu, and of course, the special occasion for such dinner. So, why not, I’d give it a go.
Heading into the dinner without much expectation, I walked away rather happy with the food. The appetizer Albacore Tuna Sashimi was marinated with Asian style vinaigrette, a strong flavouring, but was balanced by the pear jalapeño relish. Because I didn’t want two seafood courses, I opted for the Slow Roasted Cantonese BBQ Pork. And it was a very satisfying portion of meat. I initially thought it’d be just like the BBQ Pork you get at a Chinese restaurant, but the chef added his flare by making the plum and pear ragout, and giving it a kick. Looking around at other entree options, I think I made the right choice and got the best of the bunch. Creme Brulee as dessert was a good ending touch. It was smooth and creamy, and not too sweet.
I also ordered a Mango Mojito. A huge fan of mango beverage that I am, I was a little disappointed at the drink because I tasted no mango and it’s really minty.
Overall I was happy with the quality of service. The prix fixe menu is only available between 5pm and 6:30pm. With our reservation at 6pm and for a dinner party of 10, we had a few latecomers. The restaurant was very accommodating, and was willing to push back the ordering time to 6:45pm for us. Servers also kept on refilling our water glasses. I only wish that they were there to pass around the menus when guests slowly triggered in, instead of having us reach over to grab from the stack of menus ourselves.
Not knowing fully what the restaurant was like, we missed out on the great outdoor patio/lounge at the back of the restaurant. It looks so relaxing to hang out under the sun in the cushioned couches (which turned out to be regular chairs that look like couches). Have my eyes on that when I visit the place again in the future. All in all, the restaurant is decorated with the modern Yaletown vibe.
To my surprise, I actually enjoyed my visit at the Goldfish. And it wasn’t even my idea to dine at this restaurant. I think I will return for another visit, or suggest this place to other people.
Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Price Range: $20-30
1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver