Burnaby restaurants do participate in Dine Out Vancouver. Just travel a little east of Boundary and you are in Burnaby. There are many fine Burnaby restaurants along Hastings Street. One of these restaurants is Broken Rice, which offers modern Vietnamese food. They put together a $28 Dine Out Vancouver meal this year.
Broken Rice $28 Menu
My guest and I ordered the Glass Dumplings and the Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad appetizer, the Chicken Fried Quail and Poached Sablefish, and the.
Of the two appetizers, I preferred the Dragon Fruit Leaf Chicken Salad. It has lots of nice flavours and crunch. Citrus and herbs, fresh vegetables, and crunchy jellyfish. A super dish. The Glass Dumplings were well made, but the dumpling is a bit too thick and chewy for me, and the fish sauce on the dumplings was a little too strong for me. The herb and cabbage salad was very tasty and very similar to the flavours of the Chicken Salad.
For the entrees, both were quite good. The Chicken Fried Quail had some cinnamon spice to the batter, and tasted similar to the Special Fried Chicken from Tropika Restaurant in Vancouver. It did have a few too many different components though and could have been simplified a bit, such as dropping the pea puree, or the ramen bowl with scallop. The Sablefish was poached and nicely soft. I was a bit worried that it came with a caramelized fish sauce, but the sauce was not fishy at all. It did have very strong sweet, sour, and peppery flavours. The presentation and vegetables were perfect support to the sablefish.
For both the appetizers and entrees, I sipped a glass of Jackson Triggs Pinot Gris. It was very full of stone fruit flavour and soft on the palate, and was a very complimentary wine to our food.
The dessert was Rau Câu (a traditional gelatin dessert) with jasmine ice cream. The gelatin was a marbled white and brown colour, which when you tasted it, it reminds one of a Vietnamese coffee. Nice strong coffee flavour. The kumquat slices, mandarin orange segments, and strawberry were nice fresh notes in the dessert. Enjoy.