The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of international fare and drinks at Azul Restaurant in Aldergrove. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later on weekends. Dinner is served all day, and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with specials for less than $9.
Azul Restaurant assembles a menu of international eats surveying traditional and New American cuisine to zesty Asian fusion fare. Appetizers fling forth delectables such as the skillet of garlic mushrooms ($4.99) and crispy chicken tenders leaping off of french-fry diving boards into pools of plum sauce ($7.99/lunch, $9.99/dinner). The Ranch-House chicken burger gives hands a break from tearing phonebooks in half, with bacon, mozzarella, and a blend of ranch and barbecue sauces crowning pan-seared chicken ($8.99/lunch, $10.99/dinner). Heartier fare includes slow-roasted pork ribs ($21.99), marinated in smokey barbecue sauce. Any dish can be paired with a pint of Azul’s house lager ($3.99/pint) or martini variation ($6.75), the perfect libations for sparking a dialogue about the United Nations blimp regatta airing on the eatery's TVs.
Like rifling through the office refrigerator at the United Nations, visiting Azul Restaurant involves sampling a lot of different cuisines, from traditional North American flavours and Asian fusion fare to dishes from Italy, Greece, and the Pacific Islands. Wonton soup and spring rolls add diversity to the eatery's signature stuffed burgers, which, like the best fortune cookies, are filled with cheese and bacon. Large TVs and game-day specials entice sports aficionados to cheer on their favourite teams over a plate of Thai-style chili chicken wings.
27010 Fraser Hwy.
Aldergrove, British Columbia V4W 3L6