Vancouver’s historic Gastown snags another tasty dining spot with the recent opening of Coquille Fine Seafood. Dock your boat for lunch, happy hour or dinner and drinks any day of the week.
Coquille is the most recent fresh take on the classic fish house concept luring hungry seafood lovers to the historic cobble stone streets of Gastown this year. The venture takes sail by way of helmsmen and acclaimed local chefs Lee Cooper, Jack Chen and partner Nin Rai, who first joined forces to open award-winning Gastown staple L’Abattoir in 2010. The expansive 100 seat space tacks and jibes through an inventive menu of dazzling seafood platers, scrumptious crudos and features that test even the most knowledgable sea-foodie. Ever had Mullet fish? No? Turns out the New Zealand native fish tastes amazing while offering a nostalgic conversation topic about your teenage haircut of choice (the mullet).
The cocktail, wine and craft beer program at Coquille is on point. But don’t take our word for it, test the waters during happy hour service from 3 to 6 p.m. throughout the entire restaurant with drink specials such as $3.50 sleeves and $5 pints of craft beer including local notables like 33 Acres, Strangefellows and Four Winds; $6 glasses of Coquille Semillon (Lock & Worth Winery) or Coquille Syrah (Nichol Vineyard); and $8 on-tap SL Negronis (gin, Cinzano Rosso, Campari, Aperol, Fernet Branca) and Tommy’s Margaritas (blanco tequila, fresh lime, agave nectar). Thirsty yet?
We can’t wait to hit up the patio when the spring weather hits. Until then, you can deep dive into the crab and spinach dip with melted cheese sunken into a carved out loaf of sourdough with a plate of your favourite fresh shucked oysters. And that’s just to start things off. Hand the rudder over to the front of house team for nuanced and knowledgeable direction on the menu. There is a reason sister restaurant L’Abattoir has netted such success – the great food and top notch service, so it’s no surprise that Coquille offers the same high level service.
The ubiquitous nautical inspired decor is modern and beautiful with massive clam shell-inspired booths, fish scale print on the walls and flooring and a massive raised bar with sight-lines through the restaurant to the cobble stone streets outside. The design of the restaurant truly is something you have to see for yourself. Until then, we’ll be at the bar slurping oysters.