The Fish Shack, along with other members of the Glowbal Restaurant Group, extended their Dine Out menu for a week. With the full intent to try the Fish Shack’s DOVF menu, we ended up ordering off the regular menu, because, the Fishermen’s Catch was calling.
For the 4 of us, we created our own seafood feast here. First, a dozen of Kusshi Oysters, my favourite.
Fresh oysters here come with 4 sauces: mignonette, cocktail sauce, yuzu and house-made hot sauce. With the exception of the hot sauce, they were all on the light side. Not necessarily a bad thing, since the light sauces added some flavour to the oysters without taking away the taste of the sea. Another good way to eat fresh oysters? Ketchup with a bit of Tabasco.
Then, we shared the Small Fishermen’s Catch. You need to order a minimum of two; even though an order of 4 would give us more to share, we wanted to try other things so two orders made more sense. And as expected, the amount of food was probably more appropriate for two people. It had a good amount of mussels, clams, calamari, prawns, 2 snow crab legs and half a dungeness crab, as well as corn and chorizo sausages. It definitely reminded us of Crab Pot, but the tools here were much more refined than the wooden mallet at Crab Pot.
As the seafood boil arrived, the server helped toss some seasoning and butter into the seafood. The seasoning is quite light, so I would suggest to be slightly less conservative with the seasoning shake.
Everything tasted fresh, with its natural sweetness. Mussels were big, juicy and plump; haven’t had such good quality mussels for quite some time now. We didn’t really need the little hammer; we just put on a bib and got right in there with our hands. It’s more fun and enjoyable to eat with your hands.
In addition to the Fishermen’s Catch, we also ordered a couple of things. The Oyster Po’Boy was quite good. It used a slightly softer bun than baguette, but the crispy oysters gave it a textural contrast. Plenty of oysters to go around in the sandwich, all nicely fried while remaining juicy and sweet inside.
The Ling Cod Fish & Chips were excellent. The batter was so thin it didn’t overpower the fish, yet it’s fried to perfect lightness and crispness. It was piping hot, and the meat was still tender and moist.
The two dishes above came with a healthy serving of fries. Surprisingly they weren’t too salty, with a slight hint of spice in the seasoning.
The service was really good. Our server was patient, not rushing us to place our orders. She was also attentive, asking us all the right questions to make sure we received a good service.
The food was also served within reasonable time. A good place for a relatively quick, decent bite.
I can totally see myself returning for seafood dinners with friends and family. Many items are rather reasonably priced. I would come back to try the steamed mussels and clams. I would also order the Fishermen’s Catch again, but maybe for special occasions or when we have visitors.
The Fish Shack
1026 Granville Street, Vancouver