WILDTALE COASTAL GRILL

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1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-9211

Web: http://wildtale.ca/

Twitter: @wildtalevan

Advice: Reservations suggested.

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Coastal ingredients are the focus of this new Yaletown eatery run by co-owners/chefs John Crook and Erik Heck.  The dining room seats 100 inside and 50 seats on its outside patio where I dined. There is also a semi-private space on its mezzanine level for groups of up to 18 and there is a private dining wine room for 34 seats in the back that comes with it’s own bar area.

Hawaiian Ahi Poke

Hawaiian Ahi Poke

Quadra Island Honey Mussels

Quadra Island Honey Mussels

The Maui Wowie Salad

The Maui Wowie Salad

My friend and I shared some dishes including the flavourful Hawaiian Ahi Poke ($10) with it’s tortilla chip crunch! The Quadra Island Honey Mussels ($14) could have been plated in a larger and deeper pot with more of their tasty broth to give the mussels a touch more flavour. The Maui Wowie Salad ($12) is wow in flavour with pepper-crusted ahi tuna, avocado, fingerling potatoes, tortilla chips and a mango coulis!

The Lobster Poutine

The Lobster Poutine

Haida Gwaii Halibut

Haida Gwaii Halibut

Simply Grilled Fish

Simply Grilled Fish

The Lobster Poutine ($18) is indulgent and a stellar dish that is filled with big pieces of lobster, fries, cheese curds and a delicious lobster bisque hollandaise.  I enjoyed the perfectly cooked Haida Gwaii Halibut ($18) with an assortment of vegetables, puttanesca pasta and a bier blanc sauce; my friend had the Simply Grilled Fish selection and her choice was the Salmon that came with fresh local asparagus and a selection of potatoes.

Banana Creme Pie

Banana Creme Pie

For dessert the stand out is the delicious and heavenly Banana Creme Pie a flakey crust, with toasted coconut, pastry Creme, and caramelized banana. We had a couple of cocktails rounding out our fine meal, with top notch service taking great care of us. I am looking forward to trying their weekend brunch one day soon, and more dining visits on their great patio.

Review by: Richard Wolak