Stroll through the neighbourhoods of any big city and you will find bistro after bistro, tons of delectable dining experiences. Out here in suburbia our choices for quality, locally owned restaurants are not as plentiful and it’s sometimes a challenge to find out where the gems are.
One of our favourite places to dine in the Fraser Valley is Restaurant 62. Since 2004, Executive Chef Jeff Massey and his team have been serving locals with exquisite fare, right here in Abbotsford! Chef Jeff trained at Vancouver’s Dubrulles Hotel and Culinary Institute (now the Art Institute of Vancouver) and has worked under some of the city’s top chefs including Executive Chef Pino Posteraro at Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Executive Chef Sean Riley at Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar. His business partner Eric Ferris also has a strong background in the restaurant industry as a Wine Director and Maitre d’Hotel at some of BC’s top destinations. Together, these two local guys have created a fantastic dining experience in the Fraser Valley.
Some locals have the misconception that good, classy, ‘real’ food has to be expensive. Any great restaurant is going to know their market and Restaurant 62 has done a perfect job of knowing what we like out here in the Fraser Valley. Restaurant 62 sources ingredients from local suppliers as much as possible, utilizing our abundance of awesome local farms. They are a seasonal restaurant, serving what is fresh at any given time of year. This means an ever-changing menu which keeps it interesting, too! During our last visit we tried the pasta lunch special with farmers sausage, black forest ham, roasted chicken carbonara in a parmesan, white wine and garlic cream sauce. Heavenly.
The wine list at Restaurant 62 has something for everyone. Starting at just $25/bottle, the wine list is pages long. The bulk of the wines are mid-range, though there are also a number of fine vintages available for our local wine aficionados.
We asked Chef Jeff about pursuing his own restaurant venture out here in Abbotsford. He says not only is the Fraser Valley his home, it was an opportunity for him to create an environment in the valley that he would want to work at. He shared his passion for creating fresh dishes using simple, local ingredients with layered flavours and a touch of class.
Restaurant 62 is a fabulous venue for a quiet date, a night out with friends or even for business meetings. Even when at capacity, this cozy restaurant remains tranquil with soft lighting and delicate music. We have visited them for lunch meetings and for a quiet date night – both have been fabulous, relaxing experiences. We’ve also had the pleasure of working with Restaurant 62’s catering services – highly recommended.
Have you been before? What did you have?? For those of you who haven’t experienced Restaurant 62 yet – we highly recommend you make yourself a reservation this weekend and check it out! You won’t be disappointed. Oh, also – try the halibut. Yum.
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