Food – Restaurant 62

One of the things about being a resident in the suburbs, is that proximity to interesting restaurants is limited compared to being in town. Cool bistros and tapas places don’t seem to be drawn to big box malls – weird. 🙂 Happily we have places like Restaurant 62 in Abbotsford – a cool spot with great food and excellent service.

Last week our good friends David and Lisa invited us to a five course “Savoury Summer Menu” at their favorite local spot. Knowing that they have excellent taste, we readily accepted. The meal was based on a food and drink pairing that began with Spanish Cava and ended with 12 year-old Macallan. The menu looked interesting and certainly was.

The evening began with the owner Eric giving everyone a “basics of wine tasting” session with a sampling of five different wines to pair with some food flavors. It was a nice opportunity for people to experiment with some flavors before dinner.

The dinner itself was excellent. with some spot on pairings. Highlights included:

Fennel Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna with avocado citrus salad and smoked salmon carpaccio with a taro root crisp dusted in smoked paprika. This was paired with the aforementioned Cava and was just gorgeous. A beautiful mix with the fennel and and the taro crisp and honey leesy Cava. A great start to say the least.

Local Mussels in a spring onion and garlic cilantro broth with oven roasted potato frites – paired with Hoegarden, German Heffewiezen. They actually used the wheat beer in the broth as well which made this match simply outstanding. It made you glad they included the frites to sample the last bits of the broth once the mussels were gone.

In general the meal, ambiance and location all make this an experience well worth repeating.

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