WE ARE DELIGHTED to welcome to Vancouver’s diverse and elaborate food scene a new fine dining seafood restaurant, Coquille. Located in our historic Gastown on 181 Carrall Street, Coquille serves up an array of fresh seafood and shellfish dishes created by locally acclaimed chefs Lee Cooper and Jack Chen, and partnered with our very own Nin Rai, founder of Truffles Fine Foods. This new nautical-themed restaurant has already made a huge splash with local foodies. Building on all the positive feedback this eatery has received, here are some reasons why we are so excited to talk about what makes this new restaurant both praiseworthy and a contender for your next culinary adventure.
Upon entering this newly renovated establishment, you will immediately feel like you have just boarded an ocean liner from the early 20th Century – a lovely homage to the rich maritime history we have here in Vancouver. From the plank floors to the mahogany tables and brass light fixtures, no details were skipped to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for diners. I particularly admire their choice of colours – cool, subtle, and relaxing yet elegant.
Come For The Drinks, Stay For The Food
The drink menu features a variety of house-made cocktails (such as the Coquille G&T – a must-try in my opinion), prestigious BC and international wines, as well as locally crafted beers and cider. As for food options, there are several dishes here that would challenge your palate in a very pleasing way. Coquille offers a variety of freshly shucked oysters, small plates, seafood platters, and even soups and sandwiches. If you need some convincing, I encourage you to check out their Instagram feed for some gastronomical inspiration.
Putting “Happy” Back In “Happy Hour”
Happy Hour has really been challenging for myself as of late because Vancouver, simply put, has too many options for me to choose from. As we are a coastal city, finding seafood is not all too difficult; however, finding it at a reasonable price is another story.
Well, friends, look no further because Coquille presents us with offers that are too delicious and tempting to pass on. Available daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. & from 9 p.m. to late, their Happy Hour menu had me nodding and shouting, “Yes! Sign me up and take my money!” Trust me when I say this: It’s worth the visit. Although it has yet to be officially released on their website, here is a sneak peak of what you can expect to find on their Happy Hour menu:
50% OFF ALL OYSTERS & SHELLFISH
Fritto Misto, Aioli
Cod Croquette, Malt Vinegar Aioli
Crab & Shrimp Rolls
BBQ Fish Collar
Considering coquille is the French word for “shell”, a menu with such an appealing oyster special seems very befitting, right? From Royal Miyagi and Kusshi, to Beau Soleil and Shigoku, diners are presented with several options to select from – all of which are half off during Happy Hour. Perhaps you are just stopping by for a drink? Their cheap beer and cocktail options are a great way to unwind and goes very well with the other menu options.
I digress. Coquille is a truly unique restaurant that has a lot to offer. Regardless of what time of day you are stopping by, the ambiance and food will leave you talking about it for days. Once again, I am more than happy to welcome this new restaurant to the Vancouver food scene. I only hope it does not get too busy otherwise getting reservations will be tough! Check out their website when you have a chance and be sure to follow their Instagram to witness their latest culinary creations.