Continuing with the theme of going to lunch at a Glowbal Group restaurant, I ventured out for lunch a while back with Laureen, Alvin, Edith, and Jason. Laureen suggested giving Coast a try since the 30% post-Olympics promotion was still available at that time and there were some dishes that she wanted to try out. Edith was a trooper and arrived a bit earlier than the rest of us in order to snag a table.
First, we were served some bread with butter and sea salt, which I happily ate. For some reason, I was pretty hungry that day.
I was intent on ordering some healthy-ish that day so I spent quite a some time perusing the food options. I finally decided to have the Coast “Hers” lunch box, which came with Manhattan clam chowder, an Ahi tuna salad, and a shrimp wrap. The chowder had a rich tomato flavour to it but I would have preferred for it to have more clam flavour. The shrimp wrap looked promising and had shrimp, mayo, celery hearts, and watercress in a naan bread wrap. I could hardly taste anything in the wrap because there was so much mayo in it that it overwhelmed all the other flavours. So much for me trying to be healthy! I enjoyed the slightly tangy vinaigrette in the Ahi tuna salad but unfortunately, I found the slices of tuna to be kind of flavourless.
On the flip side, Jason had the “His” lunch box, which came with New England clam chowder, fish and chips, and a Cobb wedge salad. I didn’t get a chance to try his but he noted that it was fairly tasty. He quite enjoyed the Cobb wedge salad especially and had me wishing I had ordered his choice instead of mine.
Edith decided to have the Ahi tuna club, which was a typical club salad with tuna and wasabi mayo. She thought the club was pretty tasty but unfortunately, she found quite a few bones in her sandwich. Our server explained that this was because they used fresh tuna, but it was still a bit of a surprise for Edith to find so many bones in her sandwich.
Our server was nice enough to get Edith’s meal comped and even offered us some complimentary desserts. However, service was extremely slow and even absent at times so by the time our server came back to our table, we all had to return to work and did not end up ordering any dessert. Similar to my comments about Society, the food at Coast was ok but somewhat uninspired and run of the mill. For the price that you pay, I would expect something better. I was also a bit disappointed by the service we received and unfortunately, it seemed to be on par with some comments I had heard from others about their service.
1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver