Fat Tuna: Some Hits and Misses
We don’t find ourselves out in Coquitlam very much so I’m not really sure how we managed to wind up at Fat Tuna other than the fact that the name sounded interesting. Fat Tuna is located in a mini mall on Brunette and Lougheed Hwy and it’s not something that you would really notice by driving by.
We showed up for lunch on a weekend in November and it wasn’t very busy but the restaurant itself is a bit small. We wound up ordering from their Fat Tuna Lunch Special menu which includes miso soup, 3 pieces of thick-cut veggie tempura, and 1 piece of prawn tempura.
The Assorted Sashimi Lunch Special ($16) came with 2 pieces of tuna, 2 pieces of salmon, 1 piece of seared scallop, 1 piece of sockeye salmon, 1 piece of big eye tuna, and 1 piece of hamachi. Overall, I liked the variety of sashimi as many places only offer regular tuna and farmed salmon.
The assorted sashimi also came with a bowl of Crispy Crab Rice. I was actually surprised at how satisfying this dish was with the contrasting textures of the crispy bits and the creaminess of the spicy mayo sauce mixed with the crab and rice.
The Black Cod Teriyaki Lunch Special ($13.50) sat on a bed of cabbage, onions, zucchini, carrots, and broccoli but was a bit too saucy for my liking.
One of the misses here, in my opinion, was the Beef Tataki ($10). Perhaps it’s because I always think of tataki being thinner cut. The thick-cut beef tenderloin that they use here is seared and served with mixed greens, dry garlic, and a wasabi mayo sauce.
Last up to the table was their House Roll ($7.75) made with tuna, salmon, seared salmon, cucumber, avocado, imitation crab and tobiko. As expected with a house roll, the roll itself was fairly large.
Overall, there were some hits and misses here but I really enjoyed the crispy crab rice and the sashimi.
931 Brunette Avenue
Posted on February 21, 2019, in Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged Beef Tataki, Black Cod Teriyaki, Coquitlam, Crispy Crab Rice, Food, Japanese, restaurant review, Sashimi. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.