Chez Meme Baguette Bistro on Hastings in Burnaby is a small, charming, neighbourhood restaurant that serves simply prepared French food with friendly hospitality.
The menu is small, but filled with so many good looking items it was hard to narrow down what we wanted. Tre ordered the Sarladaise: a luxurious sounding duck confit omelette served with sauteed potatoes, onions and a fresh baguette. I had the French toast brioche: served with strawberries, caramelized apples, whip cream and a side of real maple syrup for an extra $1.75.
(Above: French Toast Brioche topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.)
Our breakfasts were fantastic. Tre’s duck confit classic French omelet was fluffy and moist, the duck tender and gently seasoned. The baguette was nicely toasted while still slightly soft.
My French toast brioche was dope. The pieces of thick, pillowy brioche had just a light hint of egg. The strawberries were lightly sweetened and tasted fresh even though it’s out of season. Even though the portions were generous, we couldn’t help but leave nothing on our plates.
Our only disappointment, however, were the weak Americanos.
(Top to bottom: 1. Duck Confit Omelette served with potatoes and freshly toasted baguettes. 2. So so coffee.)
The bill including taxes and tips came to just under $30, which was well worth it. The food is rustic and truly a hidden gem — certainly unexpected for Burnaby. Chez Meme, however, is only open in the day during the week. No weekends or evenings.
Perfect for: Good, honest and simple French food.
4016 Hastings Street, Burnaby