Fraser Park Restaurant is an off the beaten path cafe with a difference. Great food, and sometomes music, with a German touch.
Just a note to regular Dinehere.ca readers - A year or so ago, I gave this restaurant a glowing review. I updated my review about three weeks ago as I had noted a downward spiral in terms of service over the last few visits. I visited again and wanted to update again as some of the service kinks have been worked out.
Firstly, restaurant is a little out-of-the-way, located on Byrne Road, in a little warehouse area near the Burnaby Fraser River park area. No public transit comes near here - you will need a vehicle. It is a small, independent place which attracts both workers around the area and others. It is family friendly and one can expect to see families with small kids here along with heavy duty mechanics on their lunch break and others who enjoy good, homemade eats.
The ambiance is down-to-earth and eclectically decorated. My kids like the singing fish (a animimatronic mounted fish that moves to music).
The food is outstanding. Excellent homemade sausages, ham, bacon,etc. Mouthwatering homemade soups. I especially like their breakfast combos (hubby's favourite is the German Breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, veggie patty, and toast for $7.95). I also give high marks to the beef dip and recommend enjoying this with a big bowl of homemade soup (for $8.50 total - a great deal).
Service was okay. There is a sign on the front door advising that Anton (the chef) is away and that new staff are currently being trained and asking that patrons be patient. I think this was due to several complaints (including my previous review) of messed up orders and individual customers within groups being served sometimes 20 minutes separately from each other). I observed improvement on my last visit. Hubby and I received our breakfast orders at the same time. I noted that the restaurant was not very busy - but there were a few customers. I hope that the new staff are getting some stride and a "groove" so that they may handle the rushes of customers at the busy lunch hour (the food really is excellent and I can understand the popularity). I noted that the coffee urns stayed empty for a while, but there were not many customers and most of us received our coffee and weren't in need of refills.
I think that this establishment has gone through some hard times, with Anton being away. His joyful presence and ability to pull everything together seamlessly is missed. However, I also think that the foundation of this place is good, the food is outstanding and that the staff will find their groove.
For now - don't go during the busy lunch hour if you have a limited amount of time - it might get frustrating. If you have some time to spare and want to try some amazing food - find a table and be prepared to possibly wait. Read the paper and enjoy your coffee, you will be happy with the quality of food received. Otherwise, go early to beat the rush and try out those fantastic breakfast or have an early lunch and enjoy some divine soup and those fantastic specials.
I'll check back in a few weeks and update if necessary.
This is breakfast done right, with eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and hashbrowns. It's much nicer than Wendy's and better value than anywhere I've been, except maybe Bons (and Fraser Park is certainly less greasy!) If you've yet to try the German delicacy that is Schnitzel, you can add that to your breakfast for just a couple dollars. Soups of the day are generally good.
That all said, nothing here is better than what you can make at home, and the service is generally slow enough that you'd save time staying at the home fort and making your own scrumptious breakfast. It's just so hard to find a decent, traditional breakfast that isn't a giant greasy mess that when you stumble across one, it's exciting!
The service is pretty terrible. The staff are confused and clearly have trouble running things (people seem to line up in long lines everywhere, with the girls at the counter randomly picking who they'll serve next) and, as it's often pretty busy, wait times are very long. They'll forget to bring utensils out with the food or leave the coffee server urn empty for long periods of time.
As for the place itself, it's around 10 bucks for a solid breakfast in a communal setting where you grab a seat at long tables where you can find one. A very small patio exists outside, and the place is usually packed enough that you and your party will have company, whether that's what you're looking for or not.
Yes, it's a diner. Yes, it is hidden away in the middle of nowhere. No, it won't win any awards for decoration. It is very obviously a diner so do not expect anything fancy. It's actually quite clean, but more than overdue for a renovation.
Service? Hey, it's like a cafeteria/diner! Friendly enough, but do be prepared to get your own coffee. Who cares? That's not why you go.
The food, well, usually I say that it's good for the price, or for what this place is or ... some other qualifier. BUT NOT HERE! I mean, this is just great food PERIOD! We figure that Anton is the chef/proprietor. He surprised us by wandering around in proper chef gear (yeah, clogs, the checkered pants and all). Not expected from a diner chef...
The German breakfast was fantastic. Nothing too salty or greasy. Maybe it's because he makes his own ham, makes his own bacon and his own sausage. The soup of a day happened to be turkey lemongrass. I couldn't stop slurping that down, it was amazing. We also had a shnitzel burger. Flavour was excellent, not at all heavy or greasy despite being packed with 2 layers of fried, battered meat.
Then Anton came by with some beer for the next table. Bavarian lager from some secret keg or something. It was a good, proper German sized beer mug with the biggest head I've ever seen. I don't even drink beer and I wanted to have one.
Most items are under $7, and many under $6 so the value here is absolutely unbeatable. I don't think I've ever award 5 stars before. This is the first.
What I don't get is why Anton toils away in this discrete little corner when he could probably get much more acclaim at another location. This place is great and is absolutely worth the trip out. Next time maybe for their own home-made corned beef and sauerkraut...
Very highly recommended. I'll be heading back for sure.
Based solely on reviews here we stopped by for lunch on Friday. It was busy, with a lineup. As we must have looked a little lost, some friendly souls in the lineup "splained" it to us. The choices were daunting, and everything seemed very reasonably priced.
I ordered a grilled Reuben sandwich with fries, the Other Half ordered pork schnitzel sandwich with fries. We ordered soft drinks, but afterward noticed that they have Okanagan Springs signs up, so beer, at least, might be available.
We scored a table, and didn't wait long at all. As mentioned, very friendly servers and owner. The Reuben was excellent, not greasy, but lots of wonderful quality corned beef and homemade sauerkraut with a generous amount of cheese. Pork schnitzel (two patties) was pronounced quite good by the OH. Fries were fresh and hot. I had to take home half my Reuben. The owner stopped by during a lull in the kitchen and checked to make sure we were happy with the food. Oh yeah, oh yummm...
Well worth looking for. Great value, good food, nice people. On a sunny day, you can take the food a few hundred yards to the park by the river and picnic. We will be back to try the all-day breakfast!
Came here for lunch on saturday and what a treat. It definitely is pretty low in ambiance.. not dirty but pretty run down, especially from the outside.
The food was great, nothing complex, but everything seems well done. I had the beef dip with fries, which was one of best beef dips I have ever eaten. My friend had a soup and quesadilla. The soup was a tomato chowder, and it was excellent. The quesadilla was good, very filling and bursting with filling, but not at all authentic.
As for service, you order from the counter and they bring out food to you. So not much in terms of service, but for what it is, I thought it was quite good, they were very friendly and seemed to care about the food. Each meal was less than $7 and extremely filling. A great deal in my opinion.
Would definitely come back and try their other food.
Dinehere reviewers are right on target giving this place 4 stars. Huge portions at a low price. Had the beef dip and schnitzel in a bun with 2 coffees. $15.00 and change. Beef dip was actually 2 buns so 1 was taken home for later. $1.00 for a bottomless cup of coffee-what a deal. German owner brought a little sample dish of sauerkraut just like his mother used to make it back in Germany. We finished it all and really appreciated it. We were there on a Sat afternoon and we got to enjoy some live music, what a hoot. I give it low marks for ambience but high marks for atmosphere. Place looks like it could use a makeover but would lose its charm and appeal. Looking forward to repeat visits here.
I often eat at "The German Guy's" since I work close by, and I have to agree with the previous post. Unless you live/work close by, there's no way you would ever know about it.
He caters mostly to patrons that work close by (ranges from construction workers to people from the business park), however, he is open for breakfast/brunch on Saturdays! His German breakfast with homemade sausage is definitely his top menu item!
His wife is Filpino, so their daily specials include a good rotated variety of German and Asian mixes. The daily specials are a good deal at under $7 for a huge tasty portion. My favorites here are:
-the German breakfast
-any daily special that is stewed or braised
-beef dip (huge! - 2 sammies!!)
-sandwiches and soups
Service is always friendly. If you come here enough, you start to feel like you're part of the family.
The decor probably hasn't change since they opened, but it adds to the charm and brings out a little of who the owners are.
This medium sized cafe is located in the Glenlyon business park near the Fraserview Foreshore walk in Burnaby. Not a place you're likely to know or stumble across unless you work nearby or are a local. The food here is good and plenty and cheap and way above average in quality, taste and originality. The place exudes the owners' eccentric personality through its location and interior decoration Or lack thereof). The food, though, is the issue. It is elevated cafe fare with a repetoire of German standards. On the morning we visited last we had banana pancakes and rouladen with red cabbage and spatzle: something for everyone, at almost all times of the day. Closed Sundays and evenings.
We found this place from other reviewers. The place is a little hard to find. From the outside it look's like a run down industrial place. From the outside, the restaurant sign is almost falling off. The inside is dark and rustic but packed with customers. I spoke to one customer who lined up behind us and he recommended few things from the menu. He told us that he's been coming back for more than 10 yrs? So we ordered German breakfast, Blueberry pancake, and Beef dip. The German breakfast is recommended, and I heard from other patrons that the Roulade is also very good. I can agree with that because we really like their sausage. The beef dip is also very tasty and tender. Now the best part is actually their blueberry pancake, it taste much better than IHOP. The next best thing of this restaurant is their price. You get stuffed for $6 - $7 as opposed to $9 up at Dennis/IHOP for a fraction of their portion. Their portion is huge and very generous.
It was very busy on Saturday around noon so we waited for a little bit longer for our food but not too long. The waiter came repeatedly to apologize and bring us free banana cake and chocolate chip cookies at the end to take home. Their chocolate chip cookies is very good and comparable to Subways'. Now that is service!
The ambiance is dark, old world, rustic and can be better. But for the value and taste we'll definitely come back.
After seeing this place on you have to eat here I wanted to try this place. When there yesterday with two of my friends and the place was busy. Two of us ordered a burger and one of us the salmon special. After 30 minutes the salmon showed up then 30 minutes later my burger showed up and then 15 minutes later my friends burger showed up. My burger was not beef at all but more like spam all pork. I asked the waiter was was this and he said beef and pork mixture, I showed him that it was all pork and not a burger. Then another girl came and said no this is a burger I said fair enough I didnt want to argue anymore and decided to eat my thin spam sandwich that I spend $9 for. Then 10 minutes later the girl showed up again and said that I was right that the kitchen had made a mistake and it wasnt a burger but a pork patty, she offered to make me another one but after waiting an hour I said no thanks and she gave me my money back.
This place is disorginized dirty and confusing. If you want to save a dollar or two and wait a hour then it may be for you. The food is average to below average the price is average to lower the experience is awful.
This absolute gem of a diner is located way, way off the beaten path but well worth the effort to get there. I've been meaning to try this place for quite a while but they have very limited hrs so it's been impossible for me to get there. This place is so underground that when I asked a friend of mine that works nearby about it he asked me how the heck I had heard about it and then said...make sure you have the German breakfast.
At any rate this place is all about the food, we went for breakfast and it was outstanding. I had the aformentioned German breakfast and it was excellent. Eggs perfect, bacon perfect, pan fries perfect. They basically load the plate with food until they can't put anymore on it. My GF had the fruit pancakes and they were so loaded with blueberries it was almost as if they were trying to save pancake mix.
My new favorite breakfast in Vancouver.
had a late brunch with my bf today at this industrial cafe. The place is decidedly german, and gives off an impression that it's a local warehouse worker favorite. Chalk board menu and ordering from the till, self serve beverage and a set of well-loved drums.
Bf and I both ordered breakfast; him the german breakfast (huge! ~$7.50 omelet, sausages, bacon, toast, hashbrowns, german potatoes), me the two egg breakfast w/sausage (~$6.50).
The chef was pretty cool, very german indeed, with a gigantic mustache. i wonder if he plays the drums/keyboard sometimes? =)
This place was a little hard to find, turn right into a complex when you see "lower ____ street" on the left. It's on the left side of the building.
definitely will go back for the sausages!!
I was a little hesitant about the view from outside when I pulled up outside of this restaurant but then was convinced to go in because of the steady flow of seemingly happy lunch time customers.
The menu had a good variety of comfort food, as well as some healthier options and the prices were very reasonable. I ordered the days featured soup, which came with a toasted buttered bun, and it was rich, homemade, flavourful and oh so comforting on a cold rainy day.
The service was efficient yet friendly.
The ambiance is a little hodge-podgy and could use some remodelling/updating and window washing.
Only one visit thus far but I'll definitely be back!
Very hard to find indeed, enter through a gravel filled parking lot at an industrial area. My friend complained about spider webs growing near the windows. But none the less, it is an interesting restaurant.
My friend ordered a German Lunch and Quesadilla for me at $6.50 each. The food is good, and the plate is huge. I could barely finish my plate anyway, so I am not complaining. The soup is so thick, I felt like I was eating it.
The regular patrons include fireman and construction workers, it feels like a harmonious theme with the location. By the way, you have to pour your own drinking water, from a tap on the wall. LOL
I went for a quick lunch, to take to go with some friends and eat in the park nearby. One of my friends had a beef dip with soup, while my other friend and I ordered hamburgers with fries. I was shocked to find that the burger patty wasn't beef at all. In fact the meat was an orange-ish coloured meat product, which may have been pork, It was seasoned so heavily it left me feeling very thirsty. The french fries which came with the burger were so hard they were almost un- edible. I wasn't overly impressed with either the long wait for our food or the value of our lunch. The beef dip I'm told is decent and the soup pretty good, I wouldn't recomend this place to anyone looking for more than a work time lunch hour in the imeadiate business park.
I opened this dinehere account simply so I could comment on the outstanding food, service, and value that the people at Fraser Park Restaurant give their customers every day. I first tried this place a couple months ago, as I was looking for lunch-time spots to eat at. And I'm glad I found this one!
Food: They serve a classic, 'homemade-style' type of cooking, consisting of various breakfast dishes, deli sandwiches, and german specialties, all of which are top-notch. Daily specials are served ($6.95 for very large, tasty portions), and are constantly changing to give customers a good variety of dishes. As well, a soup of the day is also served and is always pleasing, especially so on cold days. For a lunchtime cafeteria-style place, the food couldn't be better, and thus they deserve a '5'.
Service: The service here is great, and all the people working here deserve to know it. They are always busy trying to satisfy customers, and are always very friendly and cheerful. Do not expect a typical 'sit-down and be served' type of service; this is a cafeteria-style place and should be critiqued as such. I give a '4' only because on busy days, it seems as though they may be slightly under-staffed. On most days (Mon-Thurs.) there is no wait at all. In addition, the waitress is quite cute...
Value: This is what this restaurant is all about. At about $7 per large-portioned quality meal, no place I've been to ranks higher. There is no need for more of an explanation than that.
Ambiance: Contrary to many postings, I like the ambiance as it accentuates the food. It has a very cafeteria/homey/value-for-money type of feel, and they have done the most with what they have by hanging various pictures / decor on all the walls. This place is NOT dirty, as the personnel work very hard to keep it clean and tidy. It deserves a '3', considering the type of restaurant it is.
Conclusion: Eat here and both your wallet and stomach will thank you. Also, please do not forget to tip the staff; although it is not a conventional sit-down restaurant, they work very hard to provide excellent service and are very deserving. The first time I went I was unsure of how to tip, but I learned that there is actually a jar at the front cash that you can put any tips in. Do not tip if you feel they have not provided a satisfactory level of service, and please tip extra if they have exceeded your expectations. Although the 'standard' tipping is ~15% of the bill, I would propose that diners tip based on how much they believe that service was worth to them; there is no sense in punishing servers because the restaurant they work at provides you with low prices. Remember, TIP stands for To Improve Performance!