Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of wine, sea-tapas, and more at Cork & Fin, located in the historic Alhambra Hotel. A food purchase is required with this deal.
Celebrate sea-sourced sustenance with a meal at Cork & Fin. An OpenTable Diners' Choice winner for Best Seafood and Best Neighbourhood Gem in Vancouver, Cork & Fin offers a well-edited menu of tapas-style selections from Poseidon's pantry. Headlining a smattering of cold plates, ahi-tuna carpaccio cozies up to watercress and truffle aioli ($13), and the shrimp cocktail comes with avocado and toast ($11). Make your sea-meat feel like a fish out of cold water with one of Cork & Fin's hot dishes, such as the sablefish, poached in milk and grainy mustard ($13), or the mussels, afloat in a cream and white-wine broth with bacon ($14). Diners who've failed in their hunt for the elusive potato-bird can settle for sides such as the Dungeness-crab mashed potatoes ($9) or the pommes frites ($6). Cork & Fin also rocks the raw bar, with oysters available by the piece ($3.25), the half-dozen ($17), and the dozen ($29).
Shuck through shells and hack through husks in Cork & Fin's charming dining space of brick walls and country-home banisters. An array of British Columbia wines are available, allowing natives of the area to exact sweet revenge on the roving gangs of grapes that tormented them throughout their youth.
- Cork and Fin offers a variety of oysters and seafood fare, but there’s enough land-sourced food as well. Mussels, lamb, and seafood chowder dance on the hot menu list, while raw Ahi Tuna Carpaccio and Dungeoness [sic] crab give the authenticity to the establishment. Dishes are all under $15, so sit, sip and watch the show without breaking the bank. – Cassandra Anderton, Martini Boys
- On the more serious protein side, the pan-roasted game hen was moist and herbed, while braised lamb arrived in a rich reduction balanced by chick peas. – Vancouver Courier
- Gastown is fast becoming a nest for up and coming new concepts. This is no exception. Francis has got a great place with a cool concept. Food is good and the wine list is very reasonable. Definately [sic] worth a try. – Foodie, Urbanspoon
Cork & Fin
A raw bar packed with ice, oysters, and crab greets diners when they enter Cork & Fin, offering a glimpse at a menu of refined seafood and contemporary cuisine that Zagat rated "very good to excellent." In addition to spotlighting seafood by creating towers of oysters on the half shell, dungeness crab legs, and albacore tuna tartare, the chefs demonstrate their culinary skills by introducing new flavours. Saffron aioli adds a distinctive, Mediterranean spark to seafood fritters, barbecued mackerel arrives with the restrained zest of a beetroot vinaigrette, and wild mushrooms lend a savoury decadence to six-ounce cuts of grilled sirloin.
This commitment to simple yet refined cuisine complements the split-level dining area's clean, minimalist decor. Exposed brick walls supply a rustic vibe that acknowledges the building's historic Gastown roots, but the room also features modern accents, including track lighting and an electron microscope. Bordered by a stately white banister, the mezzanine level presents guests with a semiprivate dining option for parties or special events.
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