Belle’s on Thirty Two

Tucked away in an part of South Surrey that most people have probably never been to, Belles on 32 is another hidden gem located amongst some amazing suburban properties. I found Belle’s on Twitter while looking for places to go visit on behalf of Beerthirst, it turns out my parents have been there and liked it a lot. I set up a meeting with General Manager Budd Kerfoot, rounded up some beer samples and headed to South Surrey.

After a nice meeting and a very well received beer sampling session, I decided to order dinner. I started with the Calamari which was nice thick strips cut from the squids mantle, the part that normally provides ring shaped calamari. The squid was cooked well, not rubbery and nicely seasoned. On the menu it’s called “Crisp Calamari” but the batter wasn’t really that crisp to be honest, not that it wasn’t good, just not crisp. The spring onion and garlic aioli was tasty and well suited for dipping.

For my main I had the Braised Shortrib Sandwich with Caesar salad. The sandwich was fantastic. The Shortrib meat was loaded with flavour and had obviously been slow cooked for a long time. The brioche bun it came on was awesome, dark and slightly crisp crust surrounding a pillow of airy bread, so good. It had white cheddar, arugula and garlic aioli on it as well, one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. The Caesar salad was very nice too, fresh lettuce,  a nice house made dressing packed with garlic and a little fresh squeezed lemon.

Budd and the rest of the staff at Belle’s are really nice people and they’re doing a great job in my favourite city. South Surrey is making some noise on the food scene these days, watch out Vancouver!

For the record, Belle’s paid for my dinner but that didn’t make it taste any better. It was already very good.

Scott.

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Kin Resto Bar, Kindle with Kin from VanEats.ca

Are you dating someone new? Are you in a long term relationship that’s stuck in a rut going nowhere fast? One of the best ways to inject some life into your relationships is going out for a nice meal. VanEats.ca works with local restaurants to create “Dining Passes” making awesome places more affordable! Their latest dining pass is for Kin Resto Bar at 1500 Robson street, an intimate, charming hidden gem featuring a modern Asian fusion menu. The “Kindle with Kin” pass is a 6 course dinner for 2 but being the big eater I am I tackled it solo, which is unwise, this is a lot of food!

Course number 1 is Thai basil rice paper rolls with prawns, lettuce, cucumber, vermicelli noodles and a delicious peanut sauce for dipping. They were very good, fresh, and the peanut sauce was fantastic!

Course 2 and 3 comes together, Beef Short Ribs and Beef La Lot. The short ribs are marinated in 17 spices and the flavor they create is complex and delightful, they did not last long on my plate. The Beef La Lot is like a Vietnamese sausage using betel leaves as a casing and there’s a crispy piece of Jicama in the middle. The texture is incredible with the Jicama and the betel leaves. Apparently there’s Star Anise in them somewhere but I really couldn’t taste it which didn’t matter, they don’t need it.

Course number 4 is a Seafood Salad with scallops and prawns, grape tomatoes, mango, asparagus, onion, lemon, carrots and a fantastic rau ram dressing. the prawns and scallops were the stars of this dish, particularly the scallops, cooked perfectly with a nice peppery seasoning. the dressing was perfect and there was just the right amount of it.

Course number 5 is a crazy good Yellow Coconut Curry Bowl with Chicken, tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, onions with a bowl of basmati rice on the side. I really liked this dish, it was probably my favorite, it was spicy but not too spicy and the portion of veggies and chicken were generous. I poured the curry sauce over the rice and ate them separately, so good.

Course number 6 is dessert, a Lemongrass Ginger Creme Brule with  a pineapple chutney on top. I normally don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I love creme brule and this one is really great. the lemongrass and ginger give a different twist to this classic dessert and the pineapple chutney gives a sweet, fresh quality to every bite, providing you distribute it properly.

For the record I was invited by Kin and VanEats.ca to review this package and it was complimentary but my opinions of the dishes are 100% my own. Also I tip waitresses when I get comped meals, and so should other bloggers!!! I’m just sayin… they work hard and deserve it.

The “Kindle With Kin” dining pass goes on sale January 2nd and is only $25!!! Great value, cool location, tasty food, do it. Also check out the video here!

Scott.