Langley City is a sleepy yet charming town ten miles north of the Canadian border. Though the city is technically within the greater Vancouver metro area, visitors to Langley don’t necessarily need to drive into the city. We list 10 delicious reasons to avoid the crowds and visit local restaurants instead.
Langley City and the surrounding Langley Township have a modest but thriving wine industry. The Chaberton Estate Winery is part of this, and has been a destination for wine-tasting and dining for 25 years. The estate’s on-site restaurant, Bacchus Bistro is known for creative and fresh French fare; it’s also one of the best outdoor dining spots in the area. Sit out on the patio and enjoy your entrée with perfectly paired wine, and look out over the estate’s 55-acre vineyard.
Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine serves vibrant and flavourful Thai cuisine and has amassed a loyal following of locals. Rightly so, as this restaurant seems to deliver tip-top flavour and value consistently. Go for classic standbys such as stir-fries, satay, pad Thai, or green and yellow curries. Or try something new like BBQ duck lychee curry with duck meat, sweet lychee, bamboo shoots and peppers in a smooth curry sauce. Be sure to sample the Cup O’Coconut: the restaurant’s take on a traditional Thai dessert called khanom tuai,involving layers of coconut cream and coconut jelly.
NY Grill and Bistro serves uncomplicated, hearty fare, in a relaxed yet refined environment. It’s a great place to go for a casual evening out when you just don’t want to cook. The menu features stick-to-your-ribs fare, from steaks and ribs to burgers and pasta dishes. NY Grill and Bistro recently changed ownership, but luckily, the restaurant maintained its quality food and service and seems that it will be around in Langley for the long haul.
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Restaurant, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Donair Hut’s Facebook page describes this little eatery as ‘fast-food.’ Maybe they are just trying to convey that customers won’t have to wait long for delicious food, but we wouldn’t want anyone getting the wrong idea or comparing it to greasy fast-food chains. This restaurant has been in business for seven years, serving primarily donair: a dish that comes from Greek and Turkish roots, made of souvlaki-style meat wrapped in warm pita bread with fresh vegetables. It makes for a quick and satisfying meal, lunch or dinner. To the dismay of many customers, ownership very recently changed hands. But we have every reason to believe that Donair Hut will continue to be a great place to visit in Langley.
Warm and tender smoked beef brisket, carved and layered high on fresh rye bread with tangy mustard. Do we have your attention? Get yourself to Estrella’s Montreal Deli & Cafe as soon as possible, as this place is deserving of local hero status. As a deli, this spot keeps its menu refreshingly simple. They make nearly everything in-house and from scratch and stick to the basics of great deli food. Sandwiches, grilled paninis, and burgers are the stars of the menu, with home-style soups, fries, and coleslaw making awesome sidekicks. And since you’re in Canada, this would be a great time to try poutine: steaming fried potatoes topped with gravy, cheese, and the smoked beef that Estrella’s is famous for.
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Canadian, Gluten-free, Pub Grub, $$$
The hip and stylish Fat Cow and Oyster Bar wouldn’t look out of place in a hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn. The menu is seasonally driven, as the chefs source ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Of course, there is a large selection of fare from the ocean, including steamed mussels and clams, oysters on the half shell, shrimp, and fresh fish. But, great options for those without sea legs, include beef tartare, foie gras, and rabbit gnocchi.
Hilltop Diner has been a culinary cornerstone in Langley for nearly seven decades; the restaurant’s look is so classic that it has been the set for over 20 films and TV episodes. A classic American diner, the interior is decorated with heirloom photos, maps, and iconic images of days gone by. The menu also delivers everything you’d expect from a pit stop diner. For breakfast, go for a fried egg sandwich or a plate of silver dollar griddle cakes smothered in syrup. If you stop by during lunchtime, look for your favourite sandwich or burger. Whatever you choose, be sure to save room for a slice of homemade pie with ice cream.
An Indian Affair in north-western Langley serves traditional Indian cuisine but often puts a bit of flair and creativity into the dishes, making something truly unique. The flavourful classics like tandoori, and beef and lamb korma or curry are solid and tasty. Or go for a biryani: a rice dish that combines vegetables and aromatic spices. If you are unsure of exactly what to order, stop by midday for the lunch buffet. You can sample a variety of house favourites, alongside fresh naan bread, salads, and dessert. It’s a great value for a restaurant that continues to win awards for excellence in flavor, presentation, and service.
Is there anything more lively and inviting than a family-run Greek restaurant? Head into Kostas Greek Restaurant and see for yourself. This spot is run by a local family, all of whom are welcoming and eager to share their traditions. Dine on classic dishes such as souvlaki plates, spanakopita, and dolmades to the sounds of live Greek music. There is also an option for home delivery so you can have a little Greek party right in your own living room if you don’t want to go out.
Osso Lunchroom describes its style as rustic Italian and is open for both breakfast and lunch. The chef focuses on simple food, carefully prepared with quality ingredients. The result is something truly special. Stop by first thing for a BLT sandwich with prosciutto, pancetta, tomato, and lettuce. Favorites from the lunch menu also include a kale and butternut squash salad and a caramelized onion and rosemary chicken pizza.