Fall is in full effect outside and when that happens, it doesn’t take long to feel the need for warm, wholesome meals that tickle the taste buds and satisfy the senses (and stomach). Hearty, roasted vegetables, warm, spicy soups and tender, flavorful meats are just right for making us feel cozy and at home.
You may remember that we featured Abbotsford’s Restaurant 62 in April 2010. Most of their menu items feature products from local suppliers and are created by award winning Executive Chef Jeff Massey. This is one restaurant that you need to have on your “must try” or “must try again” list. With the launch of their fall dinner menu, Restaurant 62 is serving up customer favorites with some new menu items mixed in. We were recently invited to check out their new offerings.
We started our autumn culinary experience with the Agassiz Farmhouse “Lady Jane” cheese with roasted baby beets, toasted hazelnuts and petite greens. Not only is the presentation of your food a visual delight, but the pairing of the smooth cheese with the fresh beets was perfection. If soup is more your thing, you might want to try the highly recommended Roasted Yarrow pumpkin and cream soup.
We moved on to our main course, but had a hard time choosing what to eat, since there were additional features along with the regular extensive list of menu items. Whether your tastes run towards Duck, Duck, Duck or fresh fish and seafood selections, there is something for everyone. We immensely enjoyed the Qualicum Beach scallops over aged cheddar risotto with grilled apples and carmelized onions and the popular Coffee crusted and grilled Canadian beef tenderloin filet. It was melt in your mouth tenderness and full flavor.
Despite enjoying a delicious, filling meal, there is often “just enough” room for a tasting of dessert. Shared or personally enjoyed, the current selection includes such delicious options as chai creme brulee, cranberry orange cake or double chocolate mousse.
We quickly worked our way through the Caramel Apples, apples baked in caramel over shortbread with ice cream and caramel sauce. It was fabulous!
Not only is Restaurant 62 known for their delicious food, but they have an extensive wine selection and were instrumental in the creation of the Wine Guru application, which gives you wine suggestions to pair with your food selections based on region, ingredients and budget.
Restaurant 62 offers a dining experience comparable to some of the top restaurants in Vancouver, and beyond. We hope that you visit it soon or again in the near future. It’s such an honor for us to boast about local businesses like this in the Fraser Valley!