From its outpost on Boundary Bay, Centennial Beach Cafe dazzles multiple senses with a menu of flavourful beach cuisine and panoramic views of the Boundary Bay Regional Park. The kitchen serves up seasonal catch for platters of fish and chips. For breakfast, they layer green-eggs-and-ham sandwiches with pea greens and black-forest ham and toss hash browns with a variety of ingredients, from pesto and shrimp to grilled chicken and roasted corn. Guests enjoy the caf?'s savoury bites for early-morning sustenance while scanning the skies for eagles and other wildlife along the Pacific Coastal Flyway. In warm weather, they can sit under green umbrellas on the patio or visit the adjacent playground, and in inclement conditions, they can play games of tic-tac-toe by breathing on the restaurant's wraparound windows.
Swaths of red and black cover the multilevel ceiling and walls of Joey’s Urban, and matte canvas photos of Joey's food hang on the walls. Contemporary music plays on the speakers, and LCD screens display sporting contests above the heads of patrons consuming fried fish and tacos. Fish 'n' chip meals sear a quarter-pound piece of cod ($12) or halibut ($16) in a crisp, fried coating. The included natural-cut fries with sea salt can be upgraded to classic poutine for an extra $2 and smothered in gravy and cheese curds. Patrons can also select from five flavors of à la carte tacos including ahi tuna or mexi-chicken ($4.50).
Beecher Street Café exudes neighbourhood charm with a line-up of internationally inspired eats accented by house-made soups, sauces, and dressings. A team of Kobe beef sliders ($15) dressed in smoked gouda, blue cheese, apple cheddar, caramelized onions, and garlic aioli emerge from the kitchen to mediate conflicts between restless stomachs and eyes that leisurely peruse the café’s extensive menu. Celebrate hard-fought solitaire victories with a house-crafted champagne cream sauce poured over wild salmon ($24) with scallops and caviar. Dinnertime liberators can feast on free-range chicken breast ($22) in a parmesan horseradish crust. The mint-infused merlot reduction flavours a half-rack of dijon-crusted lamb ($34). Complement entrees with enthusiastic plate-licking and a glass of Argentinian malbec ($8.50) or Italian pinot grigio ($9.25). Like a pinstriped tracksuit, the Limoncello float ($9.75) radiates both class and playfulness, masquerading as a drink and a dessert with soda and Limoncello poured over vanilla bean gelato, fresh fruit, and mint. Check out brunch and lunch menus for earlier dining options.
Surf & Turf specializes in fresh-from-the-market seafood and meats, which are prepared quickly with seasonal ingredients and local produce. Divided into lunch and dinner, the menu presents several mix-and-match options, such as the skewer meal, which invites diners to ceremoniously vote for any six meat kebabs, plus a fountain drink ($10). Offerings include souvlaki chicken, tandoori turkey, and salmon. Surf & Turf can coat its skewered selections with a bevy of glazes, protecting short ribs or prawns from UV rays with a carapace of teriyaki sauce or extra-strength apple barbecue sauce. A rotating selection of seasonal teas stands by to slake thirsts and lubricate throats ($2).
Cuisine Type: Pub food, vegetarian signature dishes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Keno, poker, pull tabs, and an event every night of the week
Joy, the general manager of Secret Resto Lounge, describes the menu as a blend of tapas-style small plates and traditional pub fare, pointing out such hidden gems as the coconut-crusted salmon and barbecue roasted chicken. Most people, though, she confesses, choose to split a pitcher of domestic beer and two appetizers such as tempura-fried zucchini or mini tacos. These lighter eats make it easy to engage with the entertainment, which includes music played by live bands or DJs spinning dance hits until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. These occasions run the gamut, from drinks specials every night of the week, Wednesday's low-key poker and blues nights, to Saturday and Sunday's 11 a.m. breakfast specials.
Curry Sensation celebrates the rich culinary heritage of India with a menu that spans many of the subcontinent?s diverse regions. The bistro lays out an extensive spread of tandoori-baked chicken and lamb, fresh seafood curries, fluffy loaves of stuffed naan, and colourful vegetable stews. Artfully arranged tapas plates sate smaller appetites or giant appetites for sharing with batter-fried fish pakora and chili-dusted paneer cubes. Main courses include Indian favourites, such as basmati-rice biryani, butter chicken, and okra masala. Matching the rich flavour profiles, the interior swims with crimson curtains, clay-toned walls, and hardwood floors. There, dining guests sip wine and cocktails, break loaves of spinach-filled naan, and sword fight with skewers of lamb kebab.