After a couple of postponements, my two high school friends and I were finally able to meet for lunch yesterday. I suggested trying Fraser Park Restaurant, a German diner in South Burnaby. It was rated above 90% on Urbanspoon and I was keen on checking it out. Luckily my two friends were agreeable to the suggestion.
I booked my vehicle service appointment yesterday morning and took advantage of the complimentary local shuttle service provided by the shop. The driver had two passengers to drop off (myself and another lady) and he decided to take me to my destination first. I gave the driver the Fraser Park Restaurant address which he plugged into his GPS for directions.
As we travelled south on Byrne Road and past Marine Way, the area became more and more industrial. At first, the driver thought that my destination was at the Riverway Golf Course but I mentioned that it was beyond the golf course and closer to the river. He jokingly said that we were almost at the river as we watched the street numbers slowly decrease to below 5000, then 4800… Finally, with the sharp eyes of the other passenger, we were able to locate the green signage of the restaurant. We actually passed it and had to u-turn back. I thanked the driver when he dropped me off — I would have had problems finding it on my own!
I was the earliest to arrive and quickly confirmed that my friends were not inside before walking back to the street to wait for them. Considering it was the passenger in the shuttle who saw the green sign, it would probably be more difficult for my friends (driving) to see the signage. Sure enough, both my friends called me to help direct them to this hidden neighbourhood gem.
It was busy when we stepped into the restaurant and thankfully we just beat the lunch rush by a few minutes. We claimed a table and then went to order our food. I love sausages and I wanted to try the schnitzel. After much consideration, I ordered the German Deluxe breakfast. As the girl behind the counter suggested, it’s a lot of food but if I didn’t finish, I could always pack it to go. One friend ordered the Schnitzel Burger and Borsch while the other one ordered a Regular Breakfast with Sausage. We paid at the cash register and then went back to our table with our numbers.
The restaurant filled up really quickly as we waited for our food. My friends and I had much to catch up on so we didn’t pay much attention to how long the meals took to arrive at our table. Soon enough, the food came out. My German Deluxe Breakfast was indeed a big order. I took two separate photos for part 1 and part 2 … and then a photo of the full order. (See the first three photos below.)
I really enjoyed my deluxe breakfast order. The ham was good and the German sausage was tasty. I liked that the hash browns had crisp edges but they didn’t seem oily. The schnitzel was really good as well. The potato pancake was .. hmm… “interesting.” Not sure how to describe it but the sweet and peppery taste combined with the texture didn’t really appeal to me. I finished the potato pancake but I probably would not order it on its own. The omelette was okay. It was too spongy for my preference but I do have friends that like spongy omelettes. It was also a lot of eggs (3 eggs?). And no, I didn’t finish the omelette. The toast slices were thin but toasted and buttered to my liking. I thought about leaving the toast and some of the omelette, but after trying one slice of toast, I just cleaned off the rest of it. I couldn’t stop.
My friends enjoyed their meals as well and one of them even ordered some take-out for her hubby.
Would I go back again? Yes, I will. The location seems like it’s in the middle of nowhere but it’s worth the drive. Now that I know where the restaurant is, it will be easier to find. Oh, and I’ve already figured out what I’m ordering — the Trio Sausage Sampler and a side order of the Schnitzel… and… maybe some hash browns…. yummy…..