Chez Meme Baguette Bistro, BurnabySeptember 1st, 2011 by Michael Kwan
As its name implies, Chez Meme Baguette Bistro is best known for its baguette bread and that’s why people line up for their sandwiches. Well, we weren’t interested in lunch, so we partook in some French-inspired breakfast. Much like that other affordable French bistro, everything is reasonably priced at this bistro as well.
Chez Meme looks very unassuming from the outside and you really wouldn’t know how special it is from the inside either. There aren’t too many tables and there is only one server: a cheerful co-proprietor named Isabelle. She’s quick to greet you with a bonjour, but don’t expect the overall service to be particularly expedient. It’s also curious that they are only open one Saturday each month.
For my petit dejeuner, I selected the Baguette Willy. This is effectively their unique take on an Eggs Benedict, swapping the English muffin for a delicious open baguette. This is topped with scrambled eggs, black forest ham and cheese sauce. The eggs, ham, and cheese sauce didn’t wow me, but the baguette certainly did. Positively crisp on the outside without being too hard, the baguette was great and full of rich flavor. I prefer shredded hash browns, but the “chunky” style isn’t too bad either.
One of my dining guests took a more conventional route, opting for breakfast sausage and eggs. The over-easy eggs looked to be overcooked, but again, the baguette was great.
Next, we have the Sarladaise omelette. I’m not sure how this compares to the omelettes at Red Wagon Cafe, but it does go in a decidedly French direction by using duck confit, along with potatoes and onions. The duck was about as tender as could be and, yes, the baguette was very good too. The Sarladaise is the most expensive breakfast on the menu at $10.25.
And finally, here is the French Toast Brioche. You have your choice of warm banana maple syrup, caramelized apple-raisins or, in this case, fresh strawberries. I had a small sample and the French Toast has a rich buttery flavor and a doughy, almost chewy consistency which I like. It’s good that the whipped cream was placed on the side, because that’s a lot of whipped cream.
All in all, I was reasonably pleased with Chez Meme Baguette Bistro. I’m not sure I would agree with the 95% rating on UrbanSpoon, but there really isn’t a lot to dislike about this place aside from the slow service. On the bright side, Isabelle is a pleasure and their specialty coffees are quite inexpensive too. I accompanied by breakfast with a very large $2.95 latte, for instance.
Now I have to go back and have one of the baguette sandwiches. I was eyeing one at the other table and it looks to be a very good size too, accompanied with your choice of soup, salad, or fries. Prices for sandwiches range from $8.25 to $10.25. The Bourguignon (boneless beef short ribs) looks particularly popular.
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