Chef Alistair Veen uses fresh, locally grown ingredients from Thiessen Farms, Pemberton Meadows, and Rossdown Farms as the building blocks of Tap Restaurant’s gourmet victuals. His approach to seasonal dining has earned praise from Surrey Now and Fraser Valley Pulse as well as a spot on OpenTable’s Best Food list. Visitors can peer into Tap Restaurant’s open kitchen to steal glances of chefs drizzling meats with exotic sauces and filling their chef hats with corncobs so they stand straight. Additionally, on Wednesday nights, guest musicians gently awaken aural senses with live acoustic sets.
Since debuting in 1938, DQ Grill & Chill has become one of the world's leading purveyors of frozen treats. Today, their sweet empire stretches across the globe, with more than 6,000 stores scattered across the United States, Canada, and 18 other countries. At each shop, an enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and Blizzards Treats to iconic Dilly Bars, Peanut Buster Parfaits, DQ Cakes, and much more. Not content with just conquering dessert, DQ Grill & Chill also tames flames with its menu of hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken.
North meets South at Pachamami Sabor Latino Restaurant, where a menu of Bolivian classics faceoff against a few northern specialties. Chef Julio Cesar brands grill marks and a caricature of his face into South American–style beef kebabs and pairs the feast with baked yucca, fried plantains, or wild rice. Meanwhile, the chef restrains his Bolivian skills to perfectly grill cheeseburgers or concoct homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes. The fare heads straight from the kitchen to the festively clothed tables in the bright dining room, or into the hands of fleeing customers for takeout.
Floor-to-ceiling windows make up the entire front wall of Jerusalem Grill, allowing sunlight to creep in across pale yellow walls and a spread of Mediterranean fare encased in stainless-steel containers. Within each freshly filled basin a new treat, such as hummus or crisp veggies, waits to top chicken, beef, and lamb-packed pitas or crisp falafel. Pita-free platters hoist beef shish kebabs resting beside homemade fries, or a spread dubbed the family meal packed with an entire grilled or fried chicken, garlic dip, and enough pita to insulate the tool shed.
Nando's Flame-Grilled Chicken, founded in South Africa in 1987, brings Portugal's peri-peri flame-grilled chicken to the Vancouver area with only the bare minimum of laser lights and smoke-shrouded, two-way mirrors. Discovered by Portuguese explorers in Africa in the distant days of maritime exploration, peri-peri is a fiery chili pepper that adds a kick of capsaicin to any cuisine, clucker-related or not. Nando's fresh chicken breasts luxuriate in their peri-peri marinade for 24 hours, resulting in dishes with a slate of Scoville-scale-scorching spice levels—mild lemon and herb, medium, hot, and the daredevil-only extra hot. Step up to Nando's counter to order from the menu of sandwiches, pitas, wraps, salads, and peri-peri chicken. Enjoy a grilled-to-order peri-peri half-chicken with a side ($11.39) such as spiced rice or hearty coleslaw, or bite around basted bones with a dozen peri-peri chicken wings with a side ($9.99). Nando's also sports peri-peri chicken breast sandwiches or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), chicken or veggie whole wheat wraps with a side ($8.49–10.79), and veggie burgers or pitas ($8.49–$10.79), as well as salads and salad meals ($3.99–$9.99) for lovers of leaves of lettuce.
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.