Last week, after eating some really good pasta at Pico Bello, I went over to Kennedy Heights to get some money from CIBC. As I was there, I noticed a tiny restaurant around the corner from Desi Junction. I noticed it for a few reasons. First, there was a blinking "open" sign in the front. Yes, I'm a sucker for shiny things. Second, it looked so odd, I was intrigued by it. I thought to myself, "Should I go try it???" Well, a few days ago, a fellow Foodbuzz member left a message for me to try E's Up. Okay, fine, I will try it today! I had to go to the CIBC to get some cash before I went to eat. Just as I was leaving, one of the bank's employees tried to sign me up for a Visa Infinite card. I told him I already had one; but that didn't really seem like a good enough answer to him. What do I have to do? Whip it out and show you? I really can't stand pushy people.
A bit flustered, I walked into E's Up Dining and was welcomed by a very friendly lady. Apparently, the restaurant is named after her. Yes, her name is "E". Her parents named the kids alphabetically. I would've hated it if I was named "P" for obvious reasons... Anyways, the special of the day was a Homemade Beef Dip with choice of pan fries, salad or vegetable soup for $5.00. Yes, it was $5.00! I chose the salad instead of the fries because I knew we were going to Red Robin tonight for my son's birthday. If you've ever looked at the Red Robin menu, everything is brown in colour (the deep fryer is their best friend). The salad was fresh and E drizzled some sun dried tomato dressing on top. It was pleasant to eat. The beef dip was very good, despite not impressing visually. There was real roast beef bathed in garlic butter nestled in a soft bun. Moreover, the au jus was made from scratch and it was fabulous. No powdered crap here.
E's Up Dining also does catering and in fact, they were catering for the mayor of Surrey. That was the reason why they had fresh roast beef. E explained that she normally doesn't make beef dip because the meat wouldn't sell fast enough (which would compromise freshness). I was impressed that everything they make at the restaurant is from scratch. It's definitely a pleasant surprise for a little non-descript place. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to try them out.
- Good food made from scratch
- Very friendly owner and staff
- The outside hides what it looks like inside
- Limited menu (but I guess it's to keep things fresh)
E's Up Dining
11967 88th Avenue
8:00am - 4:00pm (Mon - Wed)
11:30am - 8:00pm (Thu & Fri)
10:30am - 3:00pm (Sat)