The Lampliter Gallery Cafe is a restaurant in Fort Langley serving "refined country cooking".
This was our first visit to The Lampliter Cafe in Fort Langley. A very quaint and cozy establishment. Our server was both attentive and friendly. The Tomato and Bocconcini Salad was fantastic. The sweet vine ripened tomatos, fresh bocconcini cheese and marinated artichoke hearts, dressed in citrus and olive oil made an excellent appetizer. Perfect to share. My fiance had the Sesame Crusted Mahi Mahi, which he quite enjoyed. The fish was cooked well and the Yukon potato strudel was a unique and enjoyable side dish. I had the Cavatappi Pasta tossed with Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic and Tomatoes. The dish was good. Pasta was cooked well, which is a must for me when I eat pasta out. Vegetables were diced kind of small, making them somewhat unrecognizabe. I think the dish would have been more rustic Tuscan style with larger pieces of veg. The chunky tomatoes were delicious, and obviously of good Italian quality. Pasta was served with a side of "kraft" style parmesan cheese which was an instant dissapointment, fresh Parmigiano Reggiano would have made a world of difference to the dish! Not a bad experience, and not a fantasticly memorable one! Would give the Lampliter another try!
We decided to try this restaurant in Fort Langley on Good Friday. It may well be the best restaurant that we've eaten at in Fort Langley.
It is right on the main street - Glover St. and you can watch all the pedestrians strolling in the evening. Great for people watching. The room is very cozy, it has a nice welcoming atmosphere but it is not overly formal or dressy. They have artwork on the wall for sale hence the name of the restaurant. The tables are well spaced so you can have a nice conversation with your companion and not have to worry about people at surrounding tables listening in on your conversation.
Service was adequate but not outstanding by any means. The waitress was pleasant enough but did not do anything more than would be expected.
They had a 4 course set menu for $35.00 that offered good value but we did not order from this as a few of the items did not appeal to us. The 4 course set menu included, soup, appetizer, main course and dessert.
We shared an appetizer of mussels Italian style. They were oh so good - nice and spicey, we used the crusty bread to scoop up the sauce. For the main course I had the rack of lamb with garlic crust and herb sauce - $26.95 and my husband had the veal tenderloin $21.95. The entrees came with vegetable and your choice of potato strudel, jasmine rice or polenta. The entrees were a decent size (no novelle cuisine here) and absolutely first rate. The dishes were nicely seasoned and the meat was extremely tender.
For dessert we shared a passion fruit mousse with fresh fruit. This was just the right touch to end the meal. The mousse was light, flavourful and refreshing and the fruit, grapes, bananas and strawberries were fresh.
If you're in Fort Langley I highly recommend this restaurant. They have customer parking at the rear.
We have visited the Lampliter on several occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on each trip. We have gone as a couple and also with several friends. Each time we have been met quickly at the door by the hostess who has always been extremely friendly and willing to help. We arrived one time without reservations ( highly recommended, small place with limited seating) and were lucky that a cancellation had occurred, otherwise we would not have been seated. The atmosphere is a simple, with antique furnishings, but very comfortable. The attention to service is noticeable. The food is well prepared and presented on china plates. It is not high end or snobby, but more relaxed with very good quality food. Highly recommended.
Been to Lampliter twice now. First time, a number of years ago, I was fairly impressed but I was just getting into the culinary arts so I didn't have a lot to compare it too. Now, after the second time, I'm not as enamored.
My wife and I dined together and had the following dishes (rated out of ten):
Beef Carpaccio – 6
Spinach Salad – 5
Crispy Duck – 7
Salmon – 6
Probably won’t be back on my own dime. There are better places to go locally if you’re looking for excellent food.
Stinky old building with no A/C! It's a freaking oven! With the prices that they charge for food, they could sure buck up and get some A/C. Had a salmon special the other day. The salmon tasted old, and the dressing tasted like pure soy sauce. It was not enjoyable at all. I used to frequent the Lampliter about 10 years ago, and I have fonder memories. I'll give it another shot. Don't disappoint.
The Lampliter Gallery Cafe may not have the ambience and history of those delightful restaurants you stumble across in England and Europe, but the menu selections and creation of food are as good or better than any of those enjoyable overseas restaurants that you find in out of the way places. 10/10 Cant wait to go back ! ! !
I quite enjoy the Lampliter. The ambience is rustic yet cozy with art for sale on the walls. The food is nicely prepared with lots of interesting ingredients. My favourite dishes are the Tuscan Steak and the chicken encrusted with nuts. The desserts are good, too. The temperature can be somewhat cold at times and so they would be advised to turn the heat up a notch!