Nine Burnaby restaurants featured in Dine Out Vancouver

Nine Burnaby restaurants are participating in Dine Out Vancouver, the Lower Mainland's annual eating-out festival which showcases local eateries when business is traditionally slow otherwise.

Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant, on Hastings Street in North Burnaby, just opened last August so it's also a chance to introduce customers to their style of traditional Vietnamese home cooking, said co-owner Nancy Le.

The restaurant has not done any marketing yet, so "this was a perfect opportunity just to showcase to people that we are doing things a little bit different," said Phong Vo, Brokenrice's kitchen manager.

As of Friday, they already had numerous reservations for their $28 three-course meal featuring choices including betel beef wraps and seafood claypot, to duck with tapioca cake and a rendition of a deep-fried banana dessert.

Vo noted that while the Vietnamese flavours are authentic, some modern techniques are used, such as the use of an immersion circulator to slow cook their duck breast.

"We offer pho but that's not the main focus," Vo said. "Our main focus is getting people to fall in love with Vietnamese food all over again."

The 11th annual Dine Out Festival, presented by Tourism Vancouver, allows customers to sample menus for a fixed cost—menus are $18, $28 or $38 per person—until Feb. 3.

Over at Riverway Clubhouse in South Burnaby, they're offering a three-course meal during Dine Out for $18 which normally goes for $35, said the restaurant's Hugh Izumi. "So it's a little more accessible."

Their Dine Out menu also includes gluten-free offerings, from their wider gluten-free menu which had its debut a couple months ago in response to numerous requests, Izumi said, noting Riverway is also working on adding to its vegan-friendly options.

Some restaurants simply offer regular dishes but with the gluten removed, Izumi said, "so it's kind of like an inferior version of what they would normally serve. Whereas we actually have the chefs creating specific gluten-free dishes and vegan dishes."

Riverway's first two nights of Dine Out on Friday and Saturday were fully booked and "hopefully we'll be sold out quite soon," he said.

In addition to Riverway and Brokenrice, the other participating Burnaby restaurants are: Ebo (which offers vegetarian options), Horizons, The Keg, Reflect Social Dining and Lounge, Stone Grill at the Met and Tivoli's, all at the $28 menu price point, and Hart House (lunch and dinner, vegetarian and gluten-free options available) at $38.

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