December 27th, 2012. The Fish Shack
A little holiday indulgence? We definitely felt that it was well deserved on all our parts to do at least one dinner out downtown 🙂 Henry, Eunice and I all have birthdays in January, so this was kind of our pre-birthday siblings dinner out!
After a bit of “research” I suggested we do The Fish Shack on the Granville Entertainment District, a newer place where Sanafir used to be. Eunice loves oysters, I craved crawfish, and Henry will eat just about anything… Perfect! Howard and Chris were more than welcome to join us since the more the merrier is generally our philosophy 🙂
It’s not the largest space, but the high ceilings give it the illusion of being spacious. I thought the crate detailing along the height of the walls was clever and compared to other Glowbal restaurants gave the place a more friendly and approachable atmosphere.
Even our waiter was much friendlier than the usual Global service we come to expect! Right off the bat our waiter was inviting, warm and made us feel right at home as if he was our friend!
Ermrrrrggggdddd!! What to order?? Everything looks so good!
Chris and Howard start off with a glass of house white and red, which come in humble glass tumblers. Again, just as if you’re at home ;D
Eunice goes a bit fancier with The Fish Shack’s Very Own Caesar Cocktail; Pinnacle Vodka and their very own ceasar mix of tomato and clamato juice, horseradish, tabasco sauce, worcestershire sauce, fresh lime juice, salt & pepper, dijon mustard, prawn and a pepperoni stick. (Photo is sans pepperoni as Eunice was already nibbling on it!)
And Eunice also couldn’t resist ordering some oysters on a half shell. I tried one, and they were fresh and succulent!
Howard said he wasn’t very hungry and decided on thre New Englad Clam Chowder. Joke was on him because this cream based chowder was very rich and filling!
Chris opted for the Fish Taco, which consists of flour tortilla tacos with homemade guacamole and roasted corn and tomato salsa. Al fresca at it’s finest!
Everyone else may not have been sure what to order, but I was there specifically for the Fisherman’s Catch! At $20 per person for 2 people it was a net of dungeness crab, mussels, snow crab, prawns, calamari, crayfish, potatoes, corn and chorizo! How can I not love that?
Henry and I had pretty much decided to go in on this one together. With a wooden slab as our “plate” and provided with all the instruments necessary for the meal to come this promised to be super awesome!
The catch came in a net with a with the gorgeous broth just dripping into the bowl 🙂 Our waiter cut the net to release the beautiful seafood items, tossed them in the bowl and, VOILA, perfection!
Super well seasoned, moist and dripping with umami, I was transported into food heaven! First of all, I LOVE crayfish and haven’t had any since my trip to New Orleans. I LOVE crab and was NOT afraid of getting messy with it 😉 The chorizo added great savory notes, the potato was the perfect starch accompaniment and I must confess, I welcomed the numerous refills of the liquid butter for dipping. I was happy, happy happy!
Chris also ordered the Creamy Horseradish Coleslaw to balance all the richness and seafood-ness. We all agreed that we would have preferred more of that horseradish-signature spicy zing.
Mmmmmm~ Crispy Smelt & Fries with tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon! Salty, crispy, yummy! Excellent finger food 😀
I’m a sucker for good bread, and these buns that came on the wooden board were beyond! light, slightly charred crusty outside that had a slight give and warm, webby dense inside: this bun was gorgeous for sopping up the delicious juices as well as just tearing into on it’s own. I attacked the bread so vigorously that the waiter had to bring us more!
Long after everyone else had thrown in the towel I was still going strong. Chomping away, bread in one hand, crab cracker in the other hand. I think Chris and Howard were pretty surprised to see me not even slowing down. Even as the waiter was clearing off plates there I was guarding my food with one eye and and watching him suspiciously with the other! Only the promise of dessert was enough to persuade me to pack up the rest!
Upon arriving at the restaurant I checked in via Yelp and lo and behold a coupon for a free dessert flashed before my very eyes! Before we ordered dinner I showed our waiter the coupon and he said he’d be sure to bring one out to us. Sticky Toffee Pudding with Chantilly Cream? HECK YES!!! Sticky. goopy, sweet and not shy on the sauce, it was all I wanted in a dessert that night! Oooooooohhhhh, YEAH!!!
Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday to us~~! (And food coma for me…..!!)