You guys all know how much I love Surrey. I grew up here, I still live here and I’m raising a family here and wouldn’t have it any other way. My only real knock against Surrey is the lack of really good local restaurants. Tap Restaurant, located in an out of the way suburban neighborhood in South Surrey has truly blown my mind. After a great conversation with Executive Chef Alistair Veen I am happy to say that Tap is on par with the best of the best downtown restaurants in quality, execution, passion and creativity.
Let’s talk about the food. I sampled 2 appetizers, A day boat giant sea scallop with sake and garlic and Parmesan risotto with white truffle oil. The scallop was cooked very well, not overdone at all and seasoned very nicely. It’s a 3 or 4 bite scallop depending on your oral cavity measurements (probably a 2 biter for me and my huge face hole) and it’s really great.
The Risotto was also really good, the saltiness of the Parmesan cheese and the delicious earthiness of the white truffle oil with a little cracked black pepper, so good. It was cooked just right too, no cream added to this one, I guarantee it. Good food done right, what more can you ask for? I also sampled the butternut squash soup and the lobster bisque, both amazing.
For my main I was persuaded, which is quite easy, into trying the Pemberton Meadows 10oz blackened Ribeye. I ordered it medium rare and it was absolutely perfect, the blacking spices were rich, not overly salty and the beef was almost fork tender. It came with some roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, green beans and roasted golden beets. I love beets, I don’t care if you don’t like them, you probably haven’t tried one in years because you think you don’t like them. Do yourself a favour and eat some beets, you’ll be happy you did.
For dessert I had a Chocolate Crunch bar, it was good but they teased me with creme brule and then told me it hadn’t set properly…heart break. Regular readers will no doubt know of my love of creme brule, there’s always next time.
Tap Restaurant is everything you could want in a restaurant, great atmosphere, awesome service and food to back it up. Chef Alistair Veen totally gets what Surrey is screaming for and he’s giving it to them and he’s a really awesome guy as well! If you’re looking for somewhere different and awesome to watch the Superbowl they’re doing a spit roasted pig and a chili competition, go check it out!! Check out my Twitter feed and you could win a $100 Gift Card to try out Tap for yourself!