Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chez Meme - finally tried it :)


Chez Meme Baguette Bistro

4016 Hastings Street, Burnaby (map)

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Food: 3.5
Service: 3.5
Price: Fair

I have tried at least 2x to visit Chez Meme after M recommended it to me. However this is one huge problem, it's closed every 2nd Saturday, so far luck has not been on my side. Since J and I wanted to plan a brunch together, Chez Meme has once again came up as a contender. This time I called way ahead to ensure that it was open for the Saturday we intended to go.
We arrived around 10:00am, and this place was already packed.
The waitress asked if we would mind the "window bar" seats, we happily accepted since it means we don't have to wait. The restaurant was not very big, it can accommodate about 25-30 people at a time. One look at the diner, you know this is definitely a local's favorite base on how relax and at home they seem to be.
Both R and J ordered coffee ($2.25), I just had water. Since R like coffee with milk, they brought over a cute little jug just for the milk. The same was done for people who prefer cream, such as J's coffee. Also, I think the coffee here is unlimited, as both R and J's coffee was constantly refilled.
R went for their Duck Confit omelet ($10.25). I found the omelet to be a bit bland, it really need some salt or spice to kick it up a notch. On the other hand, I loved those small golden potatoes, they were crispy and lightly salted. Although this was R's dish, but I think I ate more than half of those potatoes. XD
I had a hard time deciding whether to order an breakfast item or a regular item. In the end, I went for with their famous baguette sandwich: Jarret ($10.25). The lamb was really tender and flavorful, but it was also very gamey which I dislike. The garlic jam was very interesting, it was rather sweet and really provided a nice contrast to the gamey lamb.The baguette was really good, it was chewy and crunchy on the outside but not to a point that it would scratch my hard palette. It was soft and buttery on the inside. I upgraded my daily soup to their French Onion Soup. You can taste both the meat and the sweet onion flavors in the soup. It was also rather oily, but totally worth the upgrade ($3?).
J went for the other famous sandwich: Bourguignon ($10.25) . The slow cooked beef was soft and juicy with a strong red wine flavor and a hint of sweet onion. Instead of the upgrade, J went for the daily soup. In contrast to the strong flavored beef, the soup was much lighter and very refreshing with a hint of sweetness.

Would I recommend this small cozy French restaurant, the answer is 'Yes', because not only do they have good food, quality ingredient, but they also had great service, despite the heavily French accented English. Just remember one thing, it's open every other Saturday and closed Sunday. According to my calculation, it should be open this Saturday. :)


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