The jingle of slot machines faintly reverberates just beyond the doors of the kitchen at The Well at Chances Chilliwack, where the chefs are busy whipping up a variety of contemporary dishes. They serve up tangy baby back ribs, tender steaks, pulled pork sandwiches with bacon jam, and pizzas topped with prosciutto and fresh pineapple. Their poutines come topped with a variety of inventive fixings, such as butter chicken or pulled pork. As the servers bear dishes out to the lively dining room, hungry gamers can tease their palates with glasses of sangria or drafts of craft beer. Check the calendar for upcoming UFC event viewings and live entertainment.
It's safe to say all living things like food, but maybe not as much as Chef Victor Bongo does. Recently transplanted from Africa, a young Victor worked as a dishwasher, but the siren call of the culinary scene lured him. He navigated from one kitchen to another, learning to cook, achieving the position of head chef, and eventually studying with three-star Michelin Chef Edmund Liew-On.
Today, Chef Bongo helms Daniel's Restaurant, where he puts his considerable talents to work blending internationally beloved spices into local seasonal and organic ingredients. He places pan-seared scallops into seas of pureed parsnips or submerges bison filet mignon in blueberry-port-wine sauce. His culinary ministrations earned his new restaurant the accolades of local press, including Straight.com's 2012 Golden Plate award for Best New Restaurant Outside Vancouver.
Unlike money and newborns, many of the healthy ingredients featured on The Chopped Leaf's menu of salads, wraps, and sandwiches do grow on trees. At the health-minded eatery, the staff fills bowls and wraps with eight chef-designed salads as well as build-your-own combinations, whipped up quickly for dining in or taking out. They mix spinach with crisp apples, juicy oranges, and creamy feta cheese, topping flavourful medleys with filling proteins such as grilled chicken or smoked tofu. The Chopped Leaf also improves upon the basics with flavoured Chopped water, cool iced water infused with chunks of real fruit.
Bob’s Burgers & Brew charms taste buds with made-to-order gourmet burgers, prepared with 100% ground beef and fresh ingredients. Bob’s patty-packed menu of bovine delights combines various flavors for a bite that’s off the beaten and unflavored path. Clients can satisfy their island cravings with a Hawaiian Ham & Pineapple burger, festooned with swiss cheese and Bob’s savory sauce ($10.99), or bite into a Ranch burger, stacked with a 6-ounce charbroiled patty, Hormel smokehouse bacon, and a large egg ($10.99). Those yearning for fowl foodstuffs can treat tongues to a cordon bleu chicken burger, which crowns a broiled chicken breast with ham, swiss cheese, tomato, and a corona of lettuce ($11.99).
Colabs Cafe and Bake Shop blends a cosmopolitan European vibe with a homey, handmade sensibility while treating guests to feasts of baked goods, including a variety of gluten-free options, coffee, and toasty paninis. The chefs panini-press PB&J sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, and tofu-scramble wraps, paired with quinoa salads and chickpea bocconcini. From behind a shiny glass display case, jumbo cookies, breads, muffins, as well as dozens of cupcakes beckon to rumbling stomachs, slathered in creamy frosting, cookie crumbles, and marshmallows. Unlike most breakfast and lunch cafés, Colabs Cafe and Bake Shop stays open until midnight, helping diners fuel themselves with the energy to stay up late enough to tuck in the sun.
Milo Bigler traces the origins of his passion for food to a childhood spent in the kitchens of his parents’ resort and spa in the tiny Swiss village where he grew up. He went on to pursue a culinary education, eventually winding up in Canada, where he has prepared meals for politicians and royalty. He has opened multiple restaurants, including Calvin’s Café in 1991.
At Calvin’s, Bigler prepares everything from breakfast platters to steak dinners. He crafts sandwiches, makes soups, and tosses salads, each with a tasty little twist thrown in. He enhances his spinach and goat cheese salad with pickled mustard seeds, and polka-dots his open-faced smoked salmon bagel with caper berries. To keep things interesting, he cooks completely different menus at different times of the day, offering unique morning, lunch, afternoon, and dinner menus.