Episode 1 – The Old Surrey Restaurant
In this first episode of Surrey604’s Farm to Fork series, host Natasha Raey meets up with Philip Aguirre, owner of the Old Surrey Restaurant, which specializes in french cuisine with a west coast twist. The atmosphere of the restaurant reflects similarly. In 1918, the building belonged to pioneer Lew Jack, and has been transformed into an elegant space, while keeping the local heritage intact.
The restaurant is located near Save-On-Foods on King George Boulevard, however, Aguirre likes to stay far away from chain grocery stores when it comes to what’s on the menu. The Aguirre’s serve local ingredients in all of their dishes, such as fresh scallops from Vancouver Island, and lamb from their very own family owned farm in Chilliwack. The Old Surrey Restaurant was founded in 1975 by Phillip’s father, Valentine Aguirre, a native of Spain, who has always loved having a direct connection to what’s on his plate.
The Aguirre’s have made sure their farm is as sustainable and ethically grown as possible. With an assortment of free range animals, such as sheep, lamb, pigs and chickens. The farm also has a variety of fruits and vegetables such as corn, zucchinis, carrots, and tomatoes. The Aguirre farm grows everything it needs, down to the herbs they use, such as mint.
The Old Surrey Restaurant which has been in business for 42 years, has also been featured in the ‘100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada’, as well as the ‘Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada’ for 2017, out of roughly 1,500 other candidates via OpenTable.com.
So, check it out! And maybe it’ll leave you craving a taste of some fresh organic cuisine!