Food & Drink

How To Eat Your Way Through Surrey Like A Local

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Surrey is one of the most rapidly growing cities in Metro Vancouver and that goes for its food scene too. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you definitely have to check out the best places to go—both new and old.

Eat your way through the city with Surrey’s best new eateries, hidden gems and the long-standing favourites.

Afghan Kitchen

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Dig into traditional Afghan cuisine in a modern setting at this bustling eatery. Their slogan is simple: locally sourced and crafted with love. One visit here is all it takes to prove they’re living up to that message. It’s also a good place to go with a group if you love sharing platters and sampling a variety of eats. We recommend their Happy Taster appetizer with hummus re-imagined, a chilled eggplant dip and Afghani-style nuggets. Afghan Kitchen is located at 16120 24 Avenue.

Dominion Bar + Kitchen

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This social hub is the place to be if you’re looking to nosh on elevated pub cuisine and sip on craft beer. Their menu is chalked full of tasty eats from chicken wings, tacos and sliders to dim sum and poke bowls. Brunch lovers must stop by on weekends to try their savoury cheese waffles or their ‘dirty’ breakfast bowl which will likely become your newest hangover cure. Dominion Bar + Kitchen is located at 13475 Central Avenue.

My Shanti

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Brought to Surrey by one of Vancouver’s most prominent chefs. Vikram Vij has two other establishments and My Shanti is his first venture outside Vancouver. The concept of the restaurant is based upon Vij’s own personal and culinary journeys throughout India. Experience a taste of India with its selection of smooth cocktails and comfort food with a kick. Think: wild boar and lamb kebabs and coconut chicken with a curry masala. My Shanti is located at 15869 Croydon Drive.

Tap Restaurant

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Tap has been around for over a decade and keeps the regulars coming back for more with its French-inspired cuisine and weekly live music. It offers a memorable dining experience with outstanding food and a fun atmosphere. Try their rack of lamb with polenta and poached figs or the classic duck leg with curried lentils and a sweet and sour apricot sauce. Tap Restaurant is located at 15350 34th Avenue.

Chopsticks On Pho

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Much like its name suggests, this spot is all about pho and other noodles made popular in Vietnam. They have a little bit of everything from beef rice noodle bowls and stir-fried noodles to vermicelli bowls and Banh Mi, a Vietnamese-style sandwich. One of their biggest specialties is their chicken pho, which they call ‘the cold remedy.’ It features ginger-poached chicken breast, chicken meatballs and a chicken broth. Chopsticks On Pho is located at 15325 56 Avenue.

Pasta Vino Trattoria & Bar

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Devour pasta fit for an Italian at this trattoria featuring a wraparound bar and delicious Italian cuisine. Their menu blends together popular dishes both old and new, with classic Italian fare and a modern take on other favourites. Pappardelle bolognese, chorizo penne and veal cannelloni are just a few of their must-try dishes. Pasta Vino Trattoria & Bar is located at 15355 24 Avenue.

The Cabin Restaurant

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Their menu is catered towards the Pacific Northwest with a plethora of craft beer offerings and an abundance of seafood. They also have a wide range of appetizers, including avocado toast, maple chili cauliflower wings, ahi poke and steamed mussels. The Cabin Restaurant is located at 12302 Beecher Street.

Coast Country Diner

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This hot spot has been feeding Metro Vancouverites for over two decades, with its diner and catering options. Nothing beats the homestyle comfort food that can be found here. Their breakfast and lunch menu has a seemingly endless array of dishes, both savoury and sweet. Choose from a variety of eggs bennies and French toast to perogies with sausage. Coast Country Diner is located at 17608 56 Avenue.

Old Surrey Restaurant

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One of Surrey’s most popular long-standing restaurants, with classic French fare featuring local ingredients including lamb and veal from the owner’s Chilliwack farm. Dishes like beef medallions with jumbo prawns and filet mignon are served in a charming vintage house. Old Surrey Restaurant is located at 13483 72 Avenue.

Meagan Gill
Meagan is a Journalist with a love of all things storytelling, writing for TV, magazines and digital publications. She is a strong advocate and current volunteer for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. When she’s not writing, she’s either at home with her two cats or packing her bags and setting off on another adventure.
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