Burrard Public House in Port Moody

Have you ever been to Port Moody? It’s at the end of the Barnet Highway and is directly across the water from Deep Cove. It’s a great place to live and play.

A few days ago I went to the Burrard Public House on St. John’s Street in Port Moody which opened at the tail end of November 2011. Formerly a hotel, the new owners have done a complete renovation to the interior, and I have to say it’s pretty nice. It’s a big place with large booths and lots of seating. I went on a Tuesday, but I’ve been following their Facebook page for a few months and driven past on weekends and it looks like they can put on a good party.

Cucumber Collins

I started off with a Cucumber Collins (Rochele is a cocktail girl, Scott is a beer man) and it was refreshing, but just a little too sweet. I tried my friend’s Mango Mojito, too, and I liked that a lot more. The mango was subtle, but it is there.

Fresh Flash Fried Potato Chips

I could not resist their Fresh Flash Fried Potato Chips. They were fun and tasty with cajun seasoning and an aoili sauce on the side. I resisted asking for ketchup, but it was very much a hybrid of potato chips and French fries. I am grateful that I had someone to share them with, because there is a lot in one order of these. For a main plate I ordered the Perogies, served with bacon, onions, and sour cream. It was good pub food, exactly what I was expecting.

Perogies with Bacon, Onions, and Sour Cream

I wish that it wasn’t a Tuesday, that I didn’t have to work the next day, and that I didn’t have to drive. They have a lot of drink specials throughout the week. They also have a patio, so I might be a regular there this summer. Let me know what you think! – Rochele


HOUSExGUEST in Gastown

Last Friday night I went to HOUSExGUEST (formerly Le Magasin) in Gastown with a small group of people. HOUSExGUEST has been open for a little longer than a month.

The menu is confusing. For example, “Cheese Burger” has neither beef nor cheese in it. On the website it is listed as a vegetarian option, on their menus in-house it is not. The next item, Burger Royale and Fries is not served with fries, it’s served with crab tater tots. Fries are not crab, thank you for that, Scott. They don’t actually do fries at all, which is weird because poutine is listed on their menu. In place of fries are pommes gaufrette, or potato chips. Not the same.  Like I said, the food titles are a bit confusing. In my opinion, the title should be straightforward. I don’t want to have to analyse the title with the listed ingredients and discover it’s not what I think I am ordering.

The burger was average. The crab tater tots were really the best thing we ate all night. I’m a little disappointed that I enjoyed the side more than the entrée itself. The pommes gaufrette that we ordered on the side were more potato-y than ripple potato chips, but nothing unique or interesting about them. Why not just do fries?

We also ordered Fish Tacos, and you really can’t go wrong with Fish Tacos. Guacamole, shredded cabbage, battered fish and some lime, it’s always a safe choice wherever you go. That being said, I always like them and I will keep ordering them.

The Old Cuban, a champagne mojito of sorts, was a fun cocktail. With two days to go before Christmas, this felt like my reward for DOING ALL THE THINGS!

I was disappointed with the food, but it is a new establishment and I think it has a lot of potential. For the last working Friday before Christmas, the service was good. Their brunch menu comes with good recommendations. Check it out and tell me what you think.