Au Petit Cafe


I avoided the call of the siren at Longs Noodle House and ventured next door to Au Petit Cafe. High noon when I arrived, it was busy but able to score a table. I noticed the very condensed menu, not a bad thing but narrowed my options quickly. Not much variety with pho, no dish offering either tripe or tendon! I’m already disappointed.

Settled on the beef balls and fresh steak pho. First impressions of the broth was very good. Good balance of spices/salty/sweet, each flavour complemented one another. I completely enjoyed my bowl even if I didn’t get the gan and sach I’m used to. This bowl was created with care, everything was the way it should be. Beef still rare in some parts, noodles were al-dente, clean/clear broth, generous with the beef balls.

Quality > quantity. Going to try a Banh Mi next time.

The Charlatan

I ended up at The Charlatan on a whim.

My father wanted his favourite, Howe Sound 4 Fruit Ale at Biercraft, but to our dismay they were out. The last few times in this neighborhood, I’ve been royally fisted with the hand of calamity. I think they should re-name Commercial Dr. to Condescending Drive.

The food at the Charlatan was very good. We started off with a basket of yam fries, roasted garlic aoli sauce was divine. I had the Grilled Chicken & Pancetta Burger (Grilled marinated chicken breast, red wine poached bosc pear, crispy pancetta, melted Camembert cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion) The sweet pear offset the savory of the chicken and saltiness of the pancetta to a tee. Pumpkin Thai Coconut soup had good flavour but lacking a dollop of sour cream.

I discovered a new favouite beer. Delirium Tremens. I was having a conversation with the pink elephant by the end of the evening.

My camera was having an off day.

Food Cart Fest

Made it to Food Cart Fest, on the last day. I’m disappointed in myself for not attending earlier. I came on an empty stomach and ended up stuffed for the ride home. Here’s some photos of my eats of the day…

Holy Perogy: Italian Perogies- Stuffed with mozza and potato, topped with fresh tomato’s, parmesan and pesto sauce.

Mogu Japanese Street Eats – Sweet Japanese squash croquette, katsu sauce, avocado, lettuce.

Pho Tam


Pho Tam is my go-to place in Surrey. In the heart of Whalley, the location is something to be desired. Surrey jocks and their hooker girlfriends are a common sight here, but good pho doesn’t discriminate (unlike me.)

Special A is a large soup and spring roll for $9. There not stingy with the essentials either; lots of tripe and tendon.



2 weekend’s ago I tried to come here but ended up getting shafted with the late night menu, at 6:30pm. Made it this weekend, and was able to order off the regular menu (Yay?) First fuck-up of the night was our appetizer platter. They were out of riblets so they substituted a second flavour of wings, fair enough. When our plate showed up, it was extra sausage. The waitress offered to re-make it for us. When we get it second time, it was extra wings but all the same flavour. Fuck it, by now were hungry.

Later when our entrees come, I had a Yucatan Chicken sausage wrap with a West Coast salad. Got a Caesar salad instead.

Seriously not impressed with the food or service. This place is run by hipsters for hipsters. Slight redeeming factor was the roof top patio. Take your money elsewhere.