by Lauren Mote
Original story can be found at http://urbandiner.ca/2009/07/07/coast-restaurant-exclusive-sneak-peek/
“We’ve gone from 300 to 700 seats on Alberni this week!” exclaims Patrick Austin, the Glowbal Group’s director of operations. After this Wednesday’s media/VIP party, and Thursday’s concierge party, the Glowbal Group will open its highly anticipated new Coast Restaurant to the public and add another downtown location to their culinary collection, with the original Coast location in Yaletown being reborn as another, yet to be named restaurant from the group in the following year.
Fortunately, Urban Diner and yours truly were able to organize a behind the scenes shoot and interview just before the doors are to swing open. The very gracious Kye Melchert, Beverage Manager of Coast, took us on a guided tour of the brand new restaurant and shared much enthusiastic commentary.
Concept: With its unique and sexy style, the new Coast Restaurant will offer hi-quality seafood (fresh oysters, shellfish and fish) while giving guests an extraordinary room to get comfortable in. Divided into two parts, Coast and O-Lounge has been designed to satisfy all that the downtown diner desires, with a strong emphasis on attracting business from the neighboring hotels.
The restaurant is staffed by both seasoned professionals and an array of attractive newbie go-getters in front and back of the house, who consequently have been training 8 hours a day, for 2 weeks straight with training consultant Darren Brown (F&B Manager of Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas).
Beverage Manager | Kye Melchert
Executive Chef | Josh Wolfe
Maitre D’ | Wayne Carson
Assistant General Manager | Mike Thomson
General Manager | Jan-Erik Wichman
(Image of Chef Josh Wolfe courtesy of Glowbal Group)
Food: “Seafood, seafood, seafood!” says Chef Josh Wolfe when asked about the concept. Chef Wolfe is offering a monumental raw seafood program, using both local and exotic delicacies.
A sample of his smoked fish chowder with sablefish, ling cod, and sockeye salmon was a welcomed treat, and delicious.
In Chef Wolfe’s raw bar, fresh oysters are shucked to order by the champ, Isaac Martin del Campo. On the long hot line, the Forno® oven sits at 500F bubbling up the most incredible homemade pizzas, in addition to a killer fish ‘n chips, superb clams, and mussels. For those who loved the chef’s table at the old Coast, don’t fret – the new Coast has an exclusive 6-8 seat kitchen bar past the hot line. “The focus on constant guest engagement from the kitchen makes food more exciting. Live cooking with interaction,” says Chef Wolfe with a huge smile.
Beverage: Draft beers are finally available at Coast – this will be the first time draft has been offered within their restaurants. The wine program showcases a 200 bottle list, including a whopping 100 wines under $100. This wine list is heavily focused on BC wines. Both Coast and the new O-Lounge share a list of classic cocktails, but most of the contemporaries offered are directly
paired to the raw seafood bar located on the opposite side of the centre bar.
Design/Layout: The award winning Box Interior Design, the creative firm behind the Glowbal Group’s Kitsilano restaurant, Trattoria Italian Kitchen, were again chosen to breathe life into the new Coast. Neutral woods meet turquoise paints, shiny pearl accents, glass top tables, and crisp white linen – the theme of this design is no secret – it screams seaside elegance in every facet.
Passing through the middle of their 26 seat street-side patio through the front door, the giant O shaped bar/raw bar clearly becomes the focal point for the restaurant – it seats 25 around its circumference. Beyond the bar, the “Lido Deck”, stretches back along the length of the hot line – this area is mainly reserved for walk in traffic. The first landing on the left, the “Aqua Room” – seats about 20-25; second floor, the “Crow’s Nest” – a deuce that sits delightfully against the glass pane overlooking the raw bar below is completely solo; the “Observation Deck” covers the majority of the upstairs – including a 16 seat oval banquet table in the centre. The “Captain’s Quarters” is a unique private dining room, seating up to 36 guests, with various table arrangements, and an additional centre partition if dividing the room in two is required.
Downstairs on the main level, O-Lounge is a little different. Gold leaf plated steel tables sit amongst coral and orange lounge furniture. A couple of steps to the left, guests can enjoy the dim lights, upbeat tunes, and signature cocktails in the “standing room only” area, with pink stained glass fixtures and reinforcements – that oddly enough look a lot like octopus – keeping with the theme? Coast guests are unaffected by the O-Lounge banter once those dividing doors close after dark…
Congratulations to Emad and the entire Glowbal team. I look forward to visiting in the next week! ~ LM
All images, except noted by: Rick Green
1054 Alberni Street | Vancouver
Hours of Operation:
weekdays from 11am to midnight
weekends from 4pm to midnight.