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Fish Tales Restaurant
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Thai Chili Prawns
... perfectly cooked with just the right amount of heat and a hint of sweetness.
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The BBQ ribs ranked high marks for fall-off-the-bone yumminess!
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Owner and chef Phil Pascoe has accomplished the ‘art of the meringue’ and his Pavlova offers the perfect crunch with every bite. Topped with a variety of fresh fruit, it’s a dish that sparkles with great taste and personality.
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Fish Tales Table for Two
Fish Tales has a cozy and eclectic interior that melds old-world and vintage decorating styles into a comfy, casual feel
I haven’t been to England, but there’s a cute little Tudor-style building in Qualicum Beach that offers a glimpse into what it might be like. Well...maybe what I imagine it might be like.
Fish Tales Restaurant fills my imagination with visions of quaint villages and hamlets snuggled into a picturesque English countryside. When the restaurant’s garden is in full summer bloom, it’s a magical setting that offers a relaxed outdoor dining experience.
During the winter months, when baby it’s cold outside, Fish Tales’ owners Phil and Rachel Pascoe welcome you into the restaurant’s cozy and eclectic interior that melds old-world and vintage decorating styles into a comfy, casual feel.
Fish Tales’ menu is equally eclectic offering a tempting list of soups, salads, seafood and fish dishes, and even barbecue ribs for meat-lovers. “We offer BBQ ribs to accommodate customers who don’t want seafood. It’s gone over extremely well,” says Phil. “We try to accommodate everyone’s needs on our menu.”
My ‘Table for Two’ guest at Fish Tales was Elizabeth Cudmore, EyesOnBC Magazine’s client services rep ... and longtime foodie. On the table? A sampling of Butternut Squash Soup, Crab Cakes, Sweet Chili Thai Prawns, Garlic Prawns, Barbecue Beef Ribs, Sticky Toffee Pie, and Fish Tales’ signature dessert, Pavlova.
Our favourites of the night? The Butternut Squash Soup - a delicately spiced bowl of comfort food that Elizabeth is still raving about. Followed by my favourite the Thai Chili Prawns - perfectly cooked with just the right amount of heat and a hint of sweetness. We both gave the Barbeque Ribs high marks for fall-off-the-bone yumminess, and we loved the sweet grande finale of Pavlova for dessert. Phil has accomplished the ‘art of the meringue’ and his Pavlova offers the perfect crunch with every bite. Topped with a variety of fresh fruit, it’s a dish that sparkles with great taste and personality.
Phil told us to expect changes in 2014 – “We’d like Fish Tales to be a favourite place to meet with friends and family for a cup of coffee or tea, and maybe a sweet. And we’ll probably do a Sunday Brunch.” From our conversation, I took the hint that specialty coffees and a Sunday ‘Eggs Benny’ brunch is on the horizon early this year. We’ll keep you posted!
You’ll find Fish Tales Restaurant at 3336 Island Highway W. in Qualicum Beach. Call for reservations, or just stop in. Phone: 250-752-6053. Take out is available. ~
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