Our friend David Lai has partnered with Yenn Wong and opened up Fish School, doing what he is best known for these days - serving up delicious, local seafood. He's developed strong relationships with local fishermen and fishmongers, enabling him to get prized catch that others only hear about. So we were very, very excited when this new project finally came to fruition.
It seemed incredible that, despite all of us being big fans and knowing David well, none of us had been to Fish School during its first week of operation. So when Felix came back to town, we figured we'd use this as an opportunity to check the place out.
The place was definitely hipster, from the decor down to the staff... and that doesn't work for an old fart like me. Most of the staff wore white lab coats, and more than a few had ink on their arms... prompting ILove Lubutin to take out her fountain pen and draw a few fishies on her arm. The menu comes on a stainless steel clipboard that weighs entirely too much for no obvious reason. Someone remarked that the skinny wine coolers looked like marble urns that you put ashes in, and in any case they are pretty useless when it comes to chilling wine.
Exposed copper pipes descend down a wall and turn into the faucet, with one of those lever handles that you find regulating gas pipes to turn the water on and off. I gotta admit that my eyes rolled back a little, and I might have emitted a little groan...
And we collectively complained about the decibel level. Does the music really need to be this loud? At some point it starts to resemble a bar or a night club, not a restaurant where one expects to carry on a decent conversation with fellow diners.
Anyway... enough bitching about the place itself. I went to the kitchen to greet The Man in the White Tee Shirt, and he was pretty excited about the fish he had reserved for us as our main course. The starters would be a combination of things that we ordered and dishes that he felt we should have.
Other than Felix and I, this is normally not a drinking crowd... so we brought a little less wine than we ended up needing.
2008 Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Bechalin - a little warm at first, so it was a little too acidic on the palate but not very crisp.