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The Fish Shack Restaurant Review: This reinvention of the classic fish shack has soaring ceilings, multi-screen TVs and nautical themes played out with heavy ship’s fittings for lights. The joint jumps like party night at Neptune’s cave, and just like that old god of the sea, everything seems larger than life, from the giant fresh sheet blackboard to the Fisherman’s Catch platter. The house thrums with a sixties music soundtrack and the cracking of crab and lobster claws being hit with supplied little metal hammers. Recommended starters include fried oysters with chipotle tartar sauce, a savoury preparation with a crisp, non-greasy batter wrapping a succulent oyster. For fish ‘n’ chips, choose from halibut, lingcod or snapper, all very moist, but occasionally the batter can be oily. Kennebec fries are first-rate, but the Asian vinaigrette coleslaw definitely needs a kick of vinegar and some seasoning. Best bet: stick with the creamy horseradish or kimchi options. A daily fresh sheet catch of Alaskan silver Coho salmon was well prepared (it may be grilled or blackened) and served on jasmine rice, which could have been fluffier. Other menu options range from steamed mussels to the aforementioned Fisherman’s Catch brimming with lobster, Dungeness and snow crab, crayfish, calamari, prawns, chorizo and corn-on-the-cob. An intriguing cocktail list includes four variations of "Caesar drinks." For dessert, don't miss the apple and berry crumble topped with whipped cream.