Dining Out in Pitt Meadows

15 Jul

A few weeks ago I spent 10 days in Pitt Meadows, house and dog sitting for a friend.  I decided to eat out for most of my dinners while I was there, as there were so many fantastic eating options within walking distance.  I thought it might be fun to share some of my experiences with you.  No pictures, unfortunately, as I got most of the food to go, so it wasn’t exactly presented very prettily.  The one time I actually stayed in a really gorgeous restaurant, I forgot my camera.  Whoops!

Most of the restaurants don’t have websites, as they’re small establishments, but they all have reviews on sites like Dine Here, so you can get alternate opinions on the food, service, etc.

Kabuki Sushi:  I had their Chicken Teriyaki Dinner Box.  There was SO much food – it was unbelievable!  The chicken teriyaki was okay (I’ve had better elsewhere).  It also came with Ebi Sunomono (fabulous), Miso Soup (one of the best varieties of this that I’ve ever had), Tempura, Green Salad, Gyoza, Dynamite Roll and Nigiri Sushi.  There was also a few pieces of chicken that I believe were Chicken Karage (it wasn’t listed on the description) that were phenomenal!  Overall it was an excellent dinner box for a good price.

Mona Pizza: I’d been told it was the BEST. PIZZA. EVER. LOL.  It was pretty good, but I’m really really picky about pizza.  The crust was a bit thicker than I like (I prefer thin crust), but the toppings were excellent, and the cheese didn’t overpower the pizza, which I’ve found is common when you order pizza from a restaurant/delivery place.  As someone who’s lactose intolerant (I can have a limited amount of dairy each day), this was great.  It even tasted good cold the next day (and the day after), which is one of my favourite ways to eat pizza.

Austin Fish: FABULOUS! I ate here twice, as their fish & chips were amazing.  Very authentic, and similar to what you get in the UK, which is hard to find around here.  I spent a semester overseas in my early 20’s, and I was SO spoiled with the fish & chips there.  At this place I had  halibut and chips (and tartar sauce), along with coleslaw.  The batter on the fish was tasty, it was hot and made fresh, and totally drool-worthy.  They even wrapped it up in newspaper!  Two thumbs way up.  If you’re ever in Pitt Meadows, definitely give this place a try.  It’s absolutely worth it.

Enjoy Garden: Excellent Chinese food!  I ordered a lot, so that I could have plenty of leftovers for lunches for the next few days.  Chicken Fried Rice, Wonton Soup, Deep Fried Prawns and Satay Chicken with mushrooms.  I assumed the chicken satay would be on skewers, as that’s how I’d always had it in the past, but it was a dish of fabulously tender and tasty chicken with stir fried veggies (including mushrooms).  That dish was far and away the best of the bunch.

Firehall Bistro: Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!  The food here is extraordinary.  I went alone, and the owner gave me a raised eyebrow at first, when I stated that I was on my own, but that didn’t diminish the quality of service, thankfully.  The waiters were very attentive, and came by at appropriate intervals to ensure I had enough water/wine and to see if I needed anything.  I was given an amuse bouche to start off with – an olive and honey mini bun which was fairly non-descript, and chicken pate on a crostini with a salsa of some sort. The crostini was incredible and so flavourful.  I started out with a shrimp bisque which was piping hot, but very tasty.  It was thinner than most bisques I’ve had in the past, but that didn’t matter at all.  My main course was an herb encrusted cod with angel hair pasta and a porcini sauce.  WOW.  The fish was perfectly cooked.  It flaked away with no effort at all, and the herbs added fabulous flavour.  My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough porcini sauce – I could have had a vat of that!  There was plenty on the plate, but I would have loved more!  For dessert I had an apple crumble with homemade ice cream.  The dish was VERY tiny, but oh so tasty.  I’ve found that it’s easy for that dish to either taste like really bland apples or that it’s too sugary.  This was absolute perfection.  A great mix of apples, cinnamon and sugar.  Very heavenly!  I just wish I hadn’t forgotten my camera at home, as the presentation of each dish was beautiful.  I can VERY highly recommend this place.  It’s fairly small, so reservations are probably a good idea, unless you get there right when it opens (6pm), as I did.

Jolly Coachman: Great little neighborhood pub.  I’d been told about their wings, so I had to make a stop one night to test these out.  Definitely go on Thurs – Sat, when the wings are on special (20 – 25 cents each).  The wings are simply cooked (crispy and flavourful), and then you can order whatever dipping sauces you want to compliment the flavour.  One comes with your order, but additional sauces are just 50 cents each.  What a bargain!  I ordered a ton of these throughout the night, along with a bunch of sauces, and it was fabulous!  There are a ton of TV’s, so it’s a great spot to watch a hockey game or whatever big sporting event might be on at the time.  The featured cocktail on the night I visited was a Caesar, and as I’d never tried one before, I decided to give it a shot.  It was excellent!  They were small but delicious.  The waiters were on top of their game, despite it being a busy night – I never felt neglected or had to wait long to get another drink or more food.

So there you have it!  Pitt Meadows may not strike you as a particularly happening place, but I was pleasantly surprised by all the excellent eating establishments.  If you’re ever in that area, I recommend trying at least one of these restaurants!

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