Located in Surrey, this restaurant is a welcome addition to the Fraser Heights neighbourhood. Do not be fooled by its laid-back appearance. The food is top-notch, and they boast a wine list that rivals any Downtown Restaurant.
I went there for a tasting dinner – I’ve never been to one before and it was awesome. First of all, I got to meet other food aficionados, and second, I got a taste of the best dishes the restaurant has to offer.
One thing that I really liked about this place, is that they have so much variety on their menu. From pastas to pizza, steak, fish, duck dishes, salads – lots to choose from.
For starters, we had the Salt Spring Mussel and Fries in a Thai coconut curry. I loved the Thai coconut sauce, and the mussels were tender and delicious. The fries are homemade, cut, and cooked to order.
We also had the crispy calamari – I’m not a fan of the dish, but man oh man, was this ever good! Served with a spicy aioli, I loved that the calamari was so crispy, I don’t like the rubbery consistency some restaurants serve.
Now for the pastas: we tried the cheese ravioli, the smoked salmon linguine, the spinach pine nut lamb farfali and the mushroom ravioli with truffles. I don’t even know where to begin: My favorites were the mushroom ravioli and the smoked salmon linguine. The linguine had the most delightful cream sauce and the smoked salmon had sweet taste to it, almost like candied salmon. It was so good.
As if we didn’t have enough good food: We also tried two different pizzas: The Italian sauce and mushroom and the cheese pesto. I loved the crust, so thin and crispy. The only thing that was lacking was extra sauce. I found the pizza a little dry.
hmm… What else… oh yeah, dinner! for our main courses we tried the New York steak, the smoked duck, halibut (which came with coconut rice and asparagus) and the grilled chicken caesar salad. So much food. The steak was grilled to perfection, so tender and moist. Just lovely. The one dish that really stood out was the duck. I find duck to be a bit heavy and greasy. Not this one. It was lean and had a hint of…bacon? It gave it such an amazing taste. I could’ve married that duck, it was that good.
And finally we shared a dessert platter. You can order one for $12.95, and it comes with three desserts. Our had a Baileys creme brulee, a berry cheesecake and an upside down lemon cake. Wow, the lemon cake was amazing. The cheesecake I probably wouldn’t order again, not because it wasn’t good, but because I don’t like creamy cheesecakes. I like my cheesecakes to be thick. When you take a bite, you shouldn’t be able to talk.
A couple of things I should mention: If you want to come in for pasta, they only serve them on Tuesdays. Also they are open for dinner at 5pm six nights a week, closed Mondays. They are open for brunch on Sundays from 10am – 2pm.