Delicious eateries are plentiful in the big city. Out here in the Fraser Valley we may have to drive a little further to reach the next amazing restaurant, but rest assured fine dining is available on our side of the bridge! Regardless of what part of the valley you are in, we recommend a visit to Tap Restaurant in Surrey. It is one of our absolute favourite hidden gems.
Open since 2006, this Surrey restaurant serves modern Pacific Northwest cuisine. When we heard Tap had recently undergone a great kitchen renovation, we thought we would check it out! Executive Chef Alistair Veen sat down with us after we enjoyed one of Tap Restaurant’s amazing dinners. He is tremendously passionate about food, flavours, creativity and creating an outstanding experience for every Tap guest.
One of the best things about Tap is its size. The restaurant seats 42 guests, with space for an additional 30 on the patio. It’s a very comfortable place to enjoy a meal, not too squishy and not too big. It’s a relaxing, welcoming environment and the open kitchen area makes for a great experience. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Alistair will be found visiting with guests, often recommending fabulous wine pairings. Tap’s wine list is very approachable and features something for everyone. Their house beer is local Russell Brewing and they also carry several import beer varieties. If you visit Tap Restaurant on a Wednesday night, you will enjoy the groovy live sounds of Acoustic Groove. Mike and Tony have been playing at Tap for years – they are awesome!
So what did we enjoy at our last visit? For starters, parmesan risotto and Tap’s tasty caesar salad. Whether we visit for lunch or dinner, this salad is always ordered – Tap’s caesar salad recipe is fab-u-lous. Our entrees were the lamb two ways (herb-crusted rack, crepe of confit shoulder, mint-balsamic demi glace) and the halibut (beet, arugula and goat cheese salad, roasted shallot vinaigrette). For dessert – scrumptious strawberry cheesecake. Presentation was beautiful, flavours were wonderful – Tap never disappoints us. The menu is really lovely and makes use of local, fresh ingredients. When something is in season, Chef Alistair and his creative team find several magnificent ways to present it.
Tap Restaurant is the perfect place for a quiet date, a lovely dinner with your favourite people or an impressive lunchtime business meeting. And although we call it one of our favourite hidden gems, the secret is definitely out and it’s often a full house. Be sure to call ahead for dinner reservations.
101-15350 34th Avenue, Surrey