By Mary Ann Bell
Whether your tastes run toward a romantic table for two, a cozy coffee shop, an authentic international bistro, or a casual family-friendly eatery, Langley City has got you covered. Though small in area, Langley City’s food scene is a hidden gem and if you’re looking for a unique, and delicious, culinary experience check out the newly published dining guide – “A Collection of Fine Eats in Langley City.” Here are some of our favourites from this growing urban centre.
Brunch lovers will want to visit Moral Gluttony (302B-20771 Langley Bypass, 778-366-0866) for “delicious, hand made food that will keep you coming back for more”. Try the fennel sausage bennie served with pan-fried potatoes, real butter hollandaise and the sausage is made in-house. And if your brunch leans more toward lunch, then we recommend one of their sandwiches, like the Candied Salmon Slam (wild caught house candied salmon, tomato, cucumber and lettuce with a lemon aioli and butter grilled sourdough.) Simple, yet with a tonne of flavour.
For something sweet, and especially if you love lemon, head over to Lemon Bakery (102-20108 Fraser Hwy, 604-539-1663) for one of their signature lemon bars, or lemon tarts, or lemon crinkle cookies. The lemon bar is full of sweet and subtle lemon flavour on a buttery shortbread crust, and if you want to try the lemon tart you’ll have to act quickly, this 9” tart sells so fast that they bake them by special order only.
Everyone likes a classic pizza, but it’s not everywhere you can nosh on an award-winning pizza! Emilio Finatti Sicilian Pizzeria with locations in Langley (20121 Fraser Hwy. 604-510-5548) and White Rock, recently finished third at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in the traditional category. The winning pizza (applewood smoked bacon, mushroom medley sautéed in citrus, white wine, tarragon and apricot) isn’t on the menu, but there are still some unique, and super tasty, choices like the Moro Orange which pairs a pear and onion balsamic base with cheese, roasted beets and orange segments. And you can always opt for the traditional Margherita.
If a plant-based lifestyle is the goal, a meal at Leef and Stem Culinary Co. (5-20477 Fraser Hwy. 604-427-1777) is sure to leave you feeling good from the inside out. Even if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian, they offer a diverse menu of plant-based dishes that will please everyone’s palate. Their menu is determined by the seasons, and what local, organic ingredients are available which means that you are tasting ingredients at their peak. Try the “Mother” bowl – Roasted yams, dupuy lentils, buckwheat + zucchini noodles, sweet pea hemp + pumpkin pesto, pesto hummus.
Enjoy exotic flavours that will transport you to Laos at Naka Bistro (20055 Fraser Hwy. 604-510-1558) Similar in flavour to Thai food, Lao food is vibrant, colourful and packed with herbs and spices. Naka specializes in serving home-style Lao food, although the familiar, and always delicious, Pad Thai is also on the menu. If you want to venture out from Pad Thai, they recommend Pad Kee Mao or Drunken Noodles, a dish of Fresh broad rice noodles with bell peppers, onions, egg, fresh basil and chili with your choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, pork or tofu. And don’t leave without trying the Papaya Salad, this iconic Lao dish is shredded green papaya pounded with chili peppers, sour lime and tomatoes. You can have it topped with Thai sauce, but we think that the Lao sauce of fermented fish sauce with shrimp paste is the way to go.
Whether you want to try something sweet, savoury, vegan or international you definitely won’t leave Langley City hungry!