This is the first year that the Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse participated in Dine Out Vancouver. It’s sister restaurant at the Riverway Clubhouse in south Burnaby has participated the past two years plus this year, and I’ve had excellent meals there, so I was looking forward to my Dine Out meal on Burnaby Mountain. It was a great value at $18 and had the following menu:
I was very happy to see that they had a BC VQA wine pairing suggestion for each food item served. My wine was the Red Rooster Chardonnay, which I sipped through the appetizer and entree, and was a nice match. My dining partner and I picked different items so that we could double up on our food samples, and were happy with both sets of appetizers and entrees. The only thing that was not quite up to par was the desserts, which were a bit too sweet and not at the same level of quality as the appetizers and entrees. But dessert is probably the least important aspect of your meal, so I would say to savour the rest of the meal with wine, and then to finish with a coffee, ice wine, or liquor.
I loved the Louisiana Fried chicken with waffle appetizer. The chicken was not overly spicy so anyone could enjoy it, plus the waffle and a bit of sweetness from the Chutney to go with the savoury chicken is a nice combination. This dish could be turned into an entree easily. Also the butternut squash soup with Cajun crispy chickpeas and basil cream was very good. Again not too spicy. The drips of basil cream and crunchy chickpeas added bursts of extra flavour and texture to the soup.
I had the Angus New York steak with Yukon Gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables and green peppercorn sauce. The steak was done Medium Well as I had ordered. I loved the nice char on the steak, and the flavour from the green peppercorns. I paired the steak with the Red Rooster Chardonnay. The pairing worked as the Chardonnay as it was quite full bodied thanks to the Sur Lie aging. The garlic potatoes were really buttery and added to the feel of a decadent main course. The char broiled Mahi Mahi was quite flavourful, paired with the pineapple salsa, but was a tad over cooked. Still very tasty.
The dark chocolate mousse with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate was a bit too much sweetness and chocolate in one spoon. I do love dark chocolate, but maybe this could have been lightened up a bit. The apple crumble was not quite as sweet but I found the oat flakes a bit hard to chew.
Overall a wonderful meal, and I would try the Clubhouse again, especially on a sunny day in the summer, sitting on their patio.