By Sheliza Mitha
Six tempting restaurants. Countless culinary experiences. One dynamic venue. Welcome to the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam.
A quick tour of the Hard Rock reveals a world of excitement and opportunity – including casino games, fun memorabilia, live entertainment and some remarkable cuisine. Along with slots, about a dozen table games and live shows (think comedy and concerts), you’ll also find innovative and eclectic restaurants with names that include: Asylum, Chip’s Sandwich Shop, Fú Express, Fuel Café, Roadies’ Burger Bar and (because this is a casino after all) The Buffet at Unlisted.
With a reputation for world-class dining and experiences, it should come as no surprise that Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino – the only one in Canada, by the way – delivers at every turn. Here, each of the seven restaurants is focused on sourcing fresh and local as much as possible. The idea is to satisfy your appetite regardless of your craving or preference – all in one place.
Since this is a casino, after all, it would be remiss not to highlight The Buffet. However, this is not your standard unidentifiable, heat-lamped lumps of food couching idly all day long in dull silver-hued bins. Rather, imagine vibrant dishes made from local, seasonal produce and perfectly-prepared cuts of meat and fish.
Visit on a Tuesday, and you’ll be whisked away to another part of the world with The Buffet’s internationally-themed menus. From Greek and Italian to Mexican and Chinese, there’s a world of flavour on offer. On Thursdays, specialty dinners are on the menu (think steak and lobster, and crab boil among other delights… yes at a buffet!) for just $24.99.
The Buffet is priced for lunch at $11.99 and dinner at $16.99 (quite a deal, especially if you are coming from the USA and factor in the exchange rate). Considering the strong US dollar, there’s almost no better time to dine, play and experience Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino. Win or lose, at least you can feast like you’ve just hit the jackpot.
The Hard Rock Casino is easily accessible off Highway 1, located at 2080 United Boulevard in Coquitlam (southeast of downtown Vancouver).