Chef Rob Clark is no stranger to Vancouver's seafood scene, nor is he an unfamiliar face to Vancouverites; he spent a number of years at C Restaurant and served as the executive chef for the Kambolis Restaurant Group. As an early adopter and influencer of the sustainable seafood movement, Clark has now brought his passion and skill to The Fish Counter.
Clark co-founded this grocer/casual cafe with marine biologist and former Ocean Wise manager at the Vancouver Aquarium, Mike McDermid. So it’s safe to say that these guys know their stuff.
The Fish Counter is the best of many worlds! Grab supremely fresh seafood to take home and prepare yourself, pick up some ready-made soups and salads to nosh on or sit down on one of the wooden benches and enjoy a piping hot fish taco.
Tuna tataki at The Fish Counter — Photo courtesy of The Fish Counter
The seating here is minimal, but the food comes out quickly and the turnover of guests coming in and out moves at a steady pace, so you don’t have to wait long to grab a seat and balance your food on your lap. Otherwise, take it to go and enjoy it at home.
The fish here is so fresh, it’s almost flopping, with such beautiful ingredients by its side. Keeping it simple is the best way to go.
The crispy cod tacos go down easy – perhaps a little too easy. The deep-fried fish has a crunchy exterior and delicate inside, and it's then topped with a mango and tomatillo salsa and spicy cream. They nailed it.
The salmonitos with marinated cabbage, onion, lime, cilantro and chipotle mayo are equally delicious (okay, dangerous) and a must-order if you’re a fan of salmon. However, it has been known to convert those who aren’t major salmon fans, so don’t be shy to give it a shot.
Crispy fish tacos — Photo courtesy of The Fish Counter
One of the best ways to enjoy fish is by sinking your teeth into a tried-and-true classic: fish and chips. Choose from halibut, Pacific or ling cod and wild salmon. The piping hot fish is served with house-made tartar sauce, a cabbage and kale slaw and Kennebec fries.
Looking for something lighter? The bouillabaisse is a comforting bowl of warmth that's loaded with seafood. They also offer a vegan soup of the day, along with some specials now and then.
It's not hard to go on about all of the other amazing dishes The Fish Counter has, but the best thing to do is just to go there and try it for yourself. Hook, line and sinker!