"Let's head out to Fort Langley", exclaimed Viv enthusiastically. The kids seemed to be mildly impressed while in the background I was formulating as to which restaurant we were going to grab lunch. Once I figured out that Beatnik's Bistro was close to the fort while being kid-friendly (and there was an Entertainment coupon too), I also piped up. "Okay, what are we waiting for? Let's go!". The drive out was rather uneventful and we found a parking spot right away. As we walked up to the place, for a fleeting moment, I considered sitting outside due to the natural light. Viv nixed that idea pretty quickly as it was rather cold. Ah zut...
So I had to suffer though crappy lighting for my pictures... Poor me... My daughter went for her go-to dish being the Cod n' Chips with coleslaw. The fish was fairly flaky while a touch overdone. Coated with a lightly crispy batter, there was some greasiness, but not overly so. The accompanying fresh-cut fries were good, if not needing a bit more time in the fryer. My son, being obsessed with short ribs, had the... wait for it... 3 Hour Braised Beef Short Ribs with herbed goat cheese potato cake & roasted beets and zucchini with a star-anise red wine reduction. Fork-tender and fatty, the short ribs were on point. The thick sauce had a tamarind-quality to it despite the lack of that ingredient. We weren't fans of the potato cake as it was a bit lifeless and undercooked.
For myself, I had the Prime Rib Beef Dip with havarti cheese & roasted red pepper aioli. Sinfully fatty and super moist, the prime rib literally melted in my mouth. The aggressively toasted bread held everything together while the jus was rather natural-tasting without the usual saltiness associated with beef dip. I upgraded to a side of yam fries and they were decently crispy and cooked-thoroughly. Looking rather sparsely plated, Viv's Seafood Linguine was decent. The pasta (not much of it) was fairly al dente while bathed in a roasted red pepper and creamy tomato sauce. The flavours were quite impactful with a certain zestiness and tang. The wild salmon was overdone while the prawns were well-executed. For the items we tried, Beatniks did the job and a little bit more so. Prices were not exactly cheap, but definitely in line or less than some chain restaurants.
- Decent eats
- Friendly service
- Not cheap (but chain restaurants would cost even more)
- Modest portion sizes