COAST, the new fishy face of Tattie’s old premises on Trinity Street, may be within spitting distance of chippie rivals Gardies and the Van of Life but the dining experience is oceans apart.
Billing itself as a “posh fish and chip restaurant” COAST’s daytime take away option provides a classy yet reasonably priced seaside experience (and indeed is 5p cheaper than Gardies, at just £5.95).
COAST is keen to point out however that it’s not just a chippie, but also a fine dining experience. The evening menu boasts a mélange of seafood delights: from fish cakes to buckets of ‘peel & eat’ prawns; shared seafood platters to fresh oysters and lobsters (a freshness of which Loch Fyne apparently can not boast!). And neither is the pescaphobe left wanting, as there are a variety of ‘not-so-fishy’ options – steaks, salads and “cheese and onion cakes” (whatever those might be!) to name but a few.
Traditional battered fish & chips or grilled fillets headline the evening menu – and for good reason! My succulent sea bass fillet gleamed with a sumptuous fresh herb and caper butter glaze and the ‘secret batter’ on my friend’s lemon sole fillet, together with the delightfully piquant homemade tartare sauce, are recipes worthy of keep under lock and key.
The restaurant is not without fault. Bestow your fish & chips the label of ‘fine dining’ and its price doubles to between £11.95 (cod) and £13.95 (seabass). The ambience also leaves somewhat to be desired, reflecting the restaurant’s confused dual identity as chippie and fine diner. Nonetheless, delicious food (praise echoed by every customer I’ve spoken to) and excellent service work to compensate for the flaws.
Verdict? If you love fish, it’s definitely a winner on the palate… if perhaps not so much on the purse. The encouraging promise of an imminent student discount however could soon change that and see COAST become a favourite student haunt.