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Cork and Fin

I think that in this time of economic frugality (HST anyone?) more restaurants need to come out with new and innovating ways to lure customers in. As a consumer there are three things that I look for when dining out: service, good food and value for my hard-earned money.

Which is why the prix fixe menu at Cork and Fin is such a treat. For $30 you get a three course menu that will leave you satisfied without breaking the bank.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, let’s start with the restaurant itself.

Located in 221 Carrall St. in Gastown, this beautiful restaurant has created a modern space while still maintaining the integrity of the old building. There are accents of wood, brick and chrome as well as lots of natural light coming from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

We were seated right away and we were lucky enough to get a table by the window. Our server brought a basket of fresh hot bread to get us started.

The $30 tasting menu gives you a choice of fresh shucked oysters or salad, Negitoro or Prawn Bisque, and Pan Seared Lingcod or Grilled Sirloin for an addition $15 you can include the BC Wine Flight (which I had and I recommend) or add $19 for the premium wine pairing.

We started with the Sawmill Bay Oysters, fresh from the coast of Cortez. They came with a Champagne Vinaigrette that was a perfect compliment to the taste and texture of the oysters. Our wine pairing for this dish was the Red Rooster Pinot Blanc. A light, fresh wine.

One thing I loved about the service: the timing is fantastic. Not too fast nor slow, it allows time for conversation as well as enjoying the taste and atmosphere this restaurant has to offer.

We continued our dinner with the Tuna Nigatoro (tuna belly in a japanese mayo/rice wine sauce) this dish was very good, but a bit too heavy for my taste. I also had a hint of spice. We had the Calona Chardonnay as a wine pairing.

The presentation for each course was wonderful. I was really enjoying the wine pairings with each dish. For our main course we each had one of the offerings, the sirloin and the fish. I had a bite of my friend’s fish, (which she really enjoyed, by the way) and I found it buttery and moist. My steak was medium-rare (is there any other way) and it was juicy and tender.

Believe it or not, we still had room for dessert. My friend choose the almond tart and I had the most amazing pot de creme with a sherry finish. It was a perfect way to end our meal.

I loved my experience here. But don’t take my word for it, come and try it for yourself.

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