Monday, April 26, 2010

Bistro in Burnaby Heights

I've written about The Heights before. It's the stretch of Hastings between Beta and Boundary, and is home to all sorts of shops and services. But the best thing about The Heights is simply that it's close to home. It's (sort of) part of my neighbourhood.

So when a new restaurant opens up in my neighbourhood, I make an effort to try it out ... support the local businesses. Sometimes, this sounds like a better idea than it turns out to be. Not so with Chez Meme Baguette Bistro.

Chez Meme has been open for a few months now, taking over from the old Heavenly Bites location. Owners Ross (chef) and Isabelle (front of house) Ross have been in the restaurant business before. However, long work hours and a young family were not a good mix. So, a new location and business hours (8am - 3pm, M-F) more suitable to family life, and The Heights is the beneficiary of a terrific new bistro.

The fare is as the name suggests; French, and baguette focussed. Most of the menu is baguette sandwiches featuring fillings like braised short ribs or ham and brie. There are several breakfast items (waiting for another visit!) and plates du jour (duck confit, salad nicoise), and a small but well chosen wine list. The food is simply prepared and very flavourful. Isabelle's presence up front is welcoming too, her lovely French accent whisking you away to that little spot in the 11th your frequented on your last trip to Paris.

I have but two complaints about Chez Meme. The first has to do with their hours. I'm being completely selfish, but I hope their children grow up soon so I can enjoy an after-work Pastis. The second, comes as a result of the first. The place is pretty crowded at lunch. Get there early, or phone ahead on a sunny afternoon and get your lunch to-go.

Chez Meme Baguette Bistro
4016 Hastings Street (b/w Gilmore & MacDonald)
(604) 299-1141

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