Chez Meme Baguette Bistro on Hastings in Burnaby is a small, charming, neighbourhood restaurant that serves simply prepared French food. Chez Meme is open Monday - Friday and every 2nd Saturday.
Some colleagues at work took me to Chez Meme for lunch. Isabelle, the owner and her husband run this place and their passsion for french food shows. Isabelle is french and handles the front of house and I am guessing her husband is the chef. The place is small but very tastefully decorated.
I ordered the Beef Bourginion on a Baguette and their soup of the day (Butternut Squash) and it was amazing. The beef and the baguette were a match made in heaven andthe soup was really yummy.
All I can say is you must try this place. Everyone loved their food and the owner Isabelle is very sweet and provides great service. I just wish they were open for dinner. Will defintely be going back often.
I came here for lunch around 2:00, the place is small but there were seats available. I was hearing people speak french at a nearby table, the waitress/owner also speaks fluently. Nice to see that in a french place. I ordered the $10.95
Lamb Shank Baguette with garlic jam and grainy mustard. This came with a homemade daily soup: Zucchini, fennel, basil. The sandwich was a generous portion and the flavors were good as well. The soup was a flavorful homemade soup that I enjoyed also.
Great food, fair price, I will be back.
I was a bit surprised at just how much I loved this little place. I've only gone once because the hours are hard (8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and once per month on Saturdays). I went for lunch on a busy Friday. It was packed at 1:30 - I got the last seat. The service is a bit slow but very lovely people so worth it. I had the beef short ribs baguette. Boneless braised shredded beef with caramelized onions and horseradish sauce - to die for. I ordered soup with it (comes with choice of soup, salad, or fries). The soup was creamy, lightly-curried vegetable. Very yummy. Huge portions. I checked out all of the plates going by and everything looked great. In particular the French Onion soup and Salade Nicoise (huge with beautiful pieces of seared tuna). I'll definitely go back to try more of the menu, when my schedule allows!
I went here with two friends for brunch today. It's a charming, clean place - rather tastefully, yet simply, decorated. I ordered the 'baguette willy', which was a half a baguette topped with black forest ham and smothered in cheese and a great heap of cottage fries (fried unpeeled potato chunks). One of my mates had the french toast brioche, while the other had Chez Meme's version of a standard two egg breakfast - eggs, sausages, baguette, and a great heap of cottage fries. All of it was delicious. It took a fair amount of time (15-20 min?) for our order to arrive, which was at 10:30 when it wasn't very busy. By the time we left, close to noon, it was starting to get rather crowded. That would be my only concern - I assume that at peak times it may take even longer to get your food.
I will definitely be returning to try their lunch menu!
Affordable, not pretentious, a neighbourhood experience, and great great food. It is solid. Please don't change the prices. $16 for Duck Confit that is better than most other French places? Are you kidding me? Great daily soup and if you wish for lunch, have some fine wine as well. Standing room only here.
Too many chains in Vancouver. We need more independents who put out great food consistently.
I love coming here for breakfast/brunch. You can have your classic eggs/meat/potatoes or got a bit fancier.
The baguettes are fantasitic and perfectly flavoured. All the food is.
Only issue is if you're in a rush, I don't know if they can cater to that. They probably could use more help in the kitchen but that only adds to the cost, so come unrushed, relaxed and be ready for great food.
I did find the coffee a bit bland though, standard for North American I guess. Expected more as I find espresso's/cafes in france/europe much more flavourful.
Been there a few times for breakfast & lunch, eat-in & take-out and never disappointed. Food ranges from a simple breakfast with 2 eggs/sausages or bacon/baguette/sauteed potatoes @ $6.50 to Duck confit with orange sauce & choice of soup/green salad/fries @ 13.50. My last order was a sandwich with boneless beef short ribs/caramelized onion/horsesdish @ $10. The baguette was stuffed with tender meat, the onion was not the greasy kind and the soup of the day was creamy and flavourful. As a medium eater, I am full with just 1/2 order. They used to open M-F only. But after enough whining customers they are now opening one Sat a month. You have to appreicate their time away from their children. The place is clean, not very big - 8 to 10 tables. When it's busy, be patient with Isabelle. She will get to you. They deliver, too, for orders(min $15) in by 11:30am. There are only 2 things to watch out for - avoid the french fries and make sure that you say Isabelle's name right.
Had lunch here a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Now this is a place I will go back to! It was very busy at lunch so we had to wait about 20 mins or so to sit at the small bar. I think they could benefit from 2 waitresses and really pump it out a lot faster, but the waitress was very nice.
A friend and I split a French Onion soup and a ham and cheese baguette that oozed out gobs of melted cheese. The pork schnitzel baguette was also delicious. The room is small, cute and had a nice French feeling to it. For the portion size and the delicious-ness, the value is fantastic.