Location: 4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 3E3 (Delta Burnaby Hotel/Grand Villa Casino)
Phone: (604) 453-0788
Hours: Open 7 days a week!
- Inside the Delta Burnaby Hotel (next to the Grand Villa Casino)
- No minors allowed during normal operations
- Good ambiance
- Free undercover parking
- Executive chef: Daniel Craig
- $28 menu
EBO or (Experience Beyond Ordinary) has been on my wish list of restaurants to go for awhile. After studying their Dine Out menu for 2014, I’ve decided to finally try it out because most of their Dine Out items were from their regular dinner menu. EBO, located inside the Delta Hotel Vancouver right off Hwy #1 on Willingdon, it’s pretty accessible (if you are driving). If you are looking at the menu from the Dine Out website, it’s a good idea to check out their menu from EBO’s website because it is a little different (vegetarian option). We came on a Sunday just after 6pm and it was still rather quiet, the restaurant didn’t start to pick up traffic till around 7pm. And even then, it wasn’t extremely busy (I guess busy for a Sunday). If you have a large enough group, it may be great to score a private area (there are a couple in the restaurant).
Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were seated right away. My girlfriend and I were both quite intrigued by the decors and ambiance. It wasn’t too dark and properly lit. The different chandeliers gave a nice touch to the room. There were also wall dividers throughout the restaurant, which were good sound barriers and gave tables more privacy.
After ordering, we started with complimentary bread & butter. The dinner rolls were whole wheat and was piping hot. Looked better than it tasted.
My girlfriend got the Wild Mushroom Soup, which was a favourite on their regular menu. The soup was poured into the plate right in front of you, however, our server poured it instantly (faster than I could grab a shot). So he came back with a dish un-poured (kudos for that). The Wild Mushroom Soup was filled with Mushroom Terrine, Brioche Croutons, Truffle Oil and little Qualicom Feta. It was rich and hot, very different from your cream of mushroom.
I tried the Baked Salt Spring Island Mussels with Saffron and Fennel with bacon and Parmesan. There were 5 mussels on the plate, very flavourful. Upon appetizers, I already knew tonight is all going to be about presentation.
For entrée, I had the baked sablefish. For those who don’t know, Sablefish is basically another name for black cod. The sablefish came with a black pepper glaze, XO fried rice with Longanisa sausage and roast vegetables. I wish there was more fried rice, but the fish was tasty. The black pepper glaze reminded me of the traditional Chinese way of making steamed black cod. There was definitely an Asian kick in this one. The roast vegetables gave the dish a West Coast feel mixed with the Asian fried rice and black pepper glaze sablefish. A very well presented dish, but maybe because I’m Chinese I wasn’t at all surprised at the flavours.
My girlfriend had the Angus Top Sirloin served with “twice baked” potatoes, wild mushroom sauté, roast carrots and compound butter on the beef. The beef was made medium well and that’s exactly what it was. The potatoes was a very interesting presentation, mashed in the middle served potatoes skins baked. My girlfriend was impressed with the dish. There is also a 10oz dry age rib eye for an additional $12.
I had the Chocolate cake with cherry compote, Cayenne pepper ganache. The chocolate cake was good. The ganache gave the gateau a little kick and softened the sweetness of the chocolat.
My girlfriend had the Caramel cheesecake with candied bacon pecan and granny smith compote. If you like a lighter version of dessert, this would have been a better choice. There was icing sugar to sweeten the deal, but not needed.
Overall, we enjoyed EBO as a Dine Out choice. The food and presentation was good. The ambiance was perfect for a night to wind down. However, service could have been better. For reasons, we felt rushed by our servers multiple times throughout our dinner. But besides that, EBO was enjoyable. The price is an excellent value compared to their normal dinner prices.