Location: 91 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2E7 (Near the Lonsdale Quay)
Phone: (778) 340-3449
- Contemporary and modern cuisine
- 2 hours reimbursed parking in Lot 03
- Street parking
- Large selections of wine
On the second night of Dine Out Vancouver, I took my family to Fishworks on Lonsdale in North Vancouver. It was definitely a neighbourhood that I’m unfamiliar with, because I don’t come down here often. We arrived on a Sunday night at 7pm and they more or less had a full house. We were seated almost instantly by the big glass. No view here, just the sidewalk.
The server had alerted us that the Dine out options are smaller portioned than their regular offerings. So we took his suggestion and ordered 3 from the Dine-out menu and 1 from their regular menu.
There were also no fresh bread & butter served as compliments, which was a disappointment.
To start, we ordered half a dozen of their Fanny Bay oysters fresh from Vancouver Island. The size was moderate and quite fresh. My only complaint was the condiments could have been bigger.
We also ordered a Caesar to start, dress with fresh Garlic and Parmesan.
The first appy from the Dine out menu is a coconut soup with enoki mushrooms and a piece of dungeness crab on a stick. The soup was hot and spicy. And I thought it was a bit too spicy for a soup. The hint of coconut was strongly present. We ordered two of these.
The second appy from the Dine out menu is a Vietnamese style salad roll mixed with scallops, cucumber and a ponzu sauce. This wasn’t bad.
The first entree was a Nova Scotia lobster tail on a chowder sauce. We got two of these, but the one mom was having was a little undercook. You can tell because the meat was still clear. I wouldn’t say the lobster was very fresh because it didn’t have that seafood taste to it, but it was decent. The sauce made up for it.
The second entree was a crispy duck breast, which was tender and juicy. The duck was just done, it would have been undercooked if it was out a minute sooner.
The portion for the prawns linguine carbonara that my brother ordered was significantly larger. The prawns were huge and flavourfully grilled. I don’t like how they use scallions as decorations on almost everything here. Not sure if the pasta was made in-house but it was fresh and chewy.
For dessert #1, we had the Chocolate mousse. The mousse was unsweetened and dark chocolate. However, the sweeter raspberries sauce was a good mixture. Not sure what I think about this dessert.
The cheesecake was one from favourite of the evening. It was semi-fluffy and the caramel apple on top was just good. I wished the piece was bigger.
I liked this one as well. The hazelnut was literally and actually hazelnut with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. The warm poached pear was a perfect match to the ice-cream.
Overall, the food was not too bad. Though not spectacular. However, the service was disappointing. And for those who are not subscribers will not know how much I weight customer service. My first complaint was how long I had to wait for my appetizers and entrees. Though they considered it full house with tables being empty, but waiting over 10 minutes for appetizers to come to the table and 15 minutes to get my entree after finishing appetizers was just plain unacceptable. I literally wanted to walk out. Even my parents had though it took way too long, though they don’t eat out often. Second, I got the bill despite I had not yet asked for it. It seemed like they were ready for me to leave. So I did. Third, the servers treat each table differently. I noticed another table was offered wine on-the-house but we weren’t even asked. But that’s just a whole different story. The ambiance was mediocre, not spectacular again. And definitely no view.
Where have you been to Dine Out this year? Let me know in the comments below.