2001 McCallum Road, Abbotsford
Advice: Reservations are a good idea. 3 course prix-fixe menu only $24.
I went on an excursion to Abbotsford to visit a couple of eco farms and to have dinner at Restaurant 62 where they serve a menu that is local, most of the menu is comprised of ingredients grown in the Fraser Valley area or as local as possible. Local eating was the draw in my visit to this area just an hour or so outside of Vancouver.
My friend Alejandro joined me for an evening of tasting locally in the valley, we began with a few appetizers that we shared starting off with the Tomato & Quebec Buffalo Mozeralla Caprese ($12) with roma tomatoes, aged balsamic and sea salt; followed by the outstanding Abbotsford “goats pride” Chevre ($12) over warm beets with a sherry vinaigrette. Our third appetizer was the delicious Baked Brie in Phyllo ($12 ) topped with black olive tapenade.
For our mains, we shared the delicious and rich Qualicum Scallops and Asparagus Pea Risotto ($25) with parmesan, lemon and parsley; and the Fraser Valley Duck Breast with red onion marmalade ($25) farmers sausage & parsnip ragout, and seasonal vegetables. Although we were both quite full, no trip out to the valley and especially to this restaurant where Chef Jeff Massey has presided over the past 6 years would be complete without some dessert to end the perfect meal.
Both desserts that we shared were outstanding, though if I lived closer I would come in for this amazing dessert time and time again, the Spiced Pineapple Upside Down cake ($8) with vanilla ice cream and maple cream was heavenly and delicious and the other dessert we had was the Cheesecake ($8) with spiced cookies and fresh strawberries. Our server took great care of us throughout the evening which made the dining experience so much more worthwhile as it is always a pleasure to find a restaurant that has both of the main ingredients wonderful food and service.
Review By: Richard Wolak