Proprietors Roberto and Anna also host private dinner parties for groups of between 10 and 30 people. Customized dinner menus are designed for the tastes and preferences of each group and consist of only the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Casa Fabesso also maintains regular daytime hours Tue-Sun 10am to 6pm. Their lunch menu consists of fresh grilled Italian Panini sandwiches, pastas, home made soups, wholesome baked goods and specialty coffees.
I was driving over the barnet highway and I noticed the sign, Reed Point Marina and Casa Fabesso Italian Restaurant. I decided to try the place for lunch. I ordered a bowl of linguini with sausage and ate on their patio. The pasta was great! I checked out their website when I got home and was impressed by the unique dinners they offer. We made a dinner reso for 6 of us (3 couples) on a friday night. They asked if we all like seafood, we said yes and that was it. (The dinner menu always changes depending on the market availability of fresh ingredients their website says)
We arrive friday night at 7:00 and sit down and order white wine and prosecco to drink. They just start bringing us courses. All we knew so far was that they would be seafood.
(1st course) Bruschetta with tomato, avocado & anchovy - the mix between the salty anchovy and the fresh tomato & avocado made for a perfect couple of bites.
(2nd course) Tuna Ceviche - this was fresh, vibrant, the flavors were spot on with the oil & citrus.
(3rd course) Octopus Terrine - I love cold calamari & this reminded me of that but a little bit better.
(4th course) Polenta & Buccala - I love polenta but the salted cod is not for everybody, was still good enough to eat but this was my least favorite course.
(5th course) Baked Scallop - this was one baked scallop with a pesto crumb crust and was great.
(6th course) Cold Melon & Prawn soup - this was excellent, I loved this cold soup, it had a cantaloupe & sambuca taste with sweet prawn pieces on top.
(7th course) Pesto Linguini with clams - a great pasta that everybody enjoyed.
(8th course) The entree, 1 small piece of halibut, 1 small piece of salmon, 1 large baked prawn with a little bit of potato & veg. Another great dish, the pieces for fish were small but he could have given just 1 of the 3 seafood pieces since we had eaten so much already.
(9th course) Dessert - Tiramisu - to me this was an average tiramisu, I found the lady fingers to be a little over soaked so the texture was a bit off for me.
After dinner some of us order coffee and they bring us out some of their home made amaretti cookies for the table. Next the chef comes to our table with a bottle of his home made limoncello liqueur made from organic lemons. We each had a shot and it was the best I have ever had, it blew away the usual store bought stuff that you can get.
This restaurant is small and cozy, has a rustic feel and reminded me of when I was in Italy. We ate excellent fresh food, but it wasn't high end super fancy service, more laid back. Seemed like we were invited into their home for a meal kind of feeling. My only complaint, too much food! We were stuffed, next time I will request less food. This place is great, unique and I will be back. Next special occasion I think we will book the entire restaurant.
Make sure you check out their website if you want to dine here.
Dinner is only by reservations made 24 hours in advance.
Menu always changes
Minimum of 20 people in your party gets you the entire restaurant to yourselves
Reservations are mandatory at this restaurant. The chef shops daily and buys what is fresh and in season. When you make a reservation the table is yours for the evening so you can take your time and you are not rushed. There are two options – the seafood menu at $60.00 or the meat option at $55.00. Anna will ask if you have any allergies or any foods that you do not like. After that you’re in their hands there are not choices to be made either seafood or meat.
The setting is lovely. The restaurant is on the harbor where the Reed Point Marina is but there is no view from the restaurant. There are 2 rooms. We were fortunate as we were seated in the front room with just 2 tables and we had the room to ourselves until the table for 6 arrived an hour into our meal. After that it was very noisy. They play a very nice selection of music and it is not too loud.
Service was good considering they only had 2 servers for approximately 40 – 45 people. They really could have done with at least 1 more servers. The 2 servers were run off their feet, serving, mixing drinks and cleaning up. It’s just too much work to be handled by 2.
My husband went with the seafood option and I went with the meat option. It was a 7 course meat served over 4 hours. We had the following dishes.
Bruschetta with tomatoes and avocado. The seafood option with topped with an anchovy. It was served with tempura dipped sage from the owner’s garden.
This was lovely. The sage was really interesting. Although my husband does not care for anchovy he said that it really added to his dish.
Smoked salmon with capers + octopus terrine
Roast beef with fresh arugula and fresh mozzarella wrapped in pruccuito
The salmon was delicious. The first time either of us have tried octopus and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very tender and not at all what we expected.
The roast beef was medium rare and partnered well with the arugula. The mozzarella and pruccuito was very good.
Polenta with bacalhau (dried salt cod)
Potato wrapped in pruccuito with melted smoked cheese.
The polenta with the salt cod was okay. I’m not sure that I would order it given another option. We both enjoyed my course more. The cheese was nicely melted and the pruccuito was nice and crisp. It was a nice contrast in flavors and texture
Chilled cantaloupe soup with prawns
Purreed bean soup with crispey pruccuito
This was the least interesting of all the courses. There were plenty of prawns with the cantaloupe soup but the soup was just boring. The bean soup was on the cool side. It was very thick and just not very inspiring
Linguine with peppers and fresh water prawns
Both pastas were outstanding. The noodles were nicely cooked al dente. Both dishes had a lot of flavor. The meat lasagna was interesting as it had not tomato base but it was delicious.
Halibut and tuna fillets with grilled vegetables
Rack of lamb, grilled Italian sausage and beef with red wine sauce and grilled vegetables
The fish was served plain with no sauces and both pieces of fish were slightly overcooked.
The meat dish was good but it was a bit of overkill. I would rather have had just one order of meat and be able to concentrate on the flavor but that is just my personal preference.
Chocolate semi freddo
Mocha mousse with chocolate drizzle.
The chocolate semi freddo was a tad too sweet for my taste. The mocha mousse was frozen and almost like an ice cream. It was a good end to the meal as it was light and refreshing.
Wine prices were reasonable. We had a very nice bottle of merlot that was $47.00. The total for dinner with tax and a bottle of wine was $200.00
It was a nice evening and I would go again. Next time we would both have the meat option.
Make sure you have time for a leisurely evening.
I stumbled across Casa Fabesso when looking for a nice place to go out in Northern Burnaby. The website made me curious. No menu, no prices but the description of a chef who is passionate about his work - from buying the freshest ingredients to composing a new menu every day.
We have been to Casa Fabesso for dinner on a Sunday night - and we were not disappointed. You need to reserve for dinner, which we did - and learned that there is another group that decided the menu for the evening:
As appetizers we had brushetta, then prawn salad, proscuiitto with melon and roast beef with parmesan and arugola
First courses were gnocchi made from ricotta with truffles aroma and lasagna with mushrooms.
Main courses were braised beef with grilled polenta and pork loin chops with chocolate, raisin and pine nuts sauce and grilled vegetables.
We finished with ice cream, some biscuits and a good espresso.
A fabulous experience, everything was just perfect - fresh ingredients, tasty recipes and done to perfection. Chef Roberto seems to just love preparing his food.
We had half a liter of the house wine and it was very good as well. The wine selection is pretty small and exclusively Italian - if you want to spend a little more for a good bottle.
Anna's service was very attentive. She explained every course in detail and the food was delivered just perfectly one course after the other - the advantage of having a fixed menu. At the end chef Roberto came himself and we chatted a little about his philosophy - limit the number of people to cook for to keep the standards very high.
The ambiance is nice as well, a little house in Reed Point Marina, providing room for about 6 tables. They are covered with white table clothes, but overall the restaurant has a casual touch. The only downside to the location is that you don't have a direct view to the water but see the parking lot first.
For the quantity and even more the quality of food we had, we found the value to be incredible - we paid under $40 each for a 9 (!) course menu. Add $16 for the wine and you go out a little over $100 including tip. A similar menu in the cannery would have been double the price - and you do not get a nice surprise of the menu of the day at all.
This place is new, Roberto immigrated to Canada just recently - and it looks like you should hurry to try out this place before it becomes so popular that you have to reserve months in advance!
My partner and I at least are very eager to come back and try Roberto's fish dishes.
We went to Casa Fabesso for lunch on a sunny Saturday at the end of August and had a delightful experience. Patio dining, or indoors if you wish. Preorder and pay at the kitchen window. Everything brought to the table. Panino crudo with prosciutto and cheese. Fresh halibut grilled with peppers and zucchini. Fish soup with salmon, snapper, shrimp and vegetables. Caffe latte and Italian soft drinks. Food quality: stellar.
Even if you can’t bring ten for dinner, if you are lucky you’ll be invited to leave your name and number and they’ll call you when your smaller party can be included one evening.
I loved this place so much I decided to tell all about it. Simply put, it's a hidden gem. The food was cooked to perfection. I was invited with family friends to join them here...they had reserved. At first I was a bit of a skeptic and did not know what to expect until I took my first bite! Gnocci was to die for, flavor intense yet not over whelming. I had no expectations but came out very happy.
If you are passionate about authentic Italian cuisine, Casa Fabesso is the place to be seen dining! Nestled at the bottom of the entrance to Reed Point Marina, Casa Fabesso owners, Roberto and Anna have brought more than a touch of Italy to Port Moody, they have brought its heart and soul. If Port Moody ever had a reason to call itself 'City of the Arts', this small bistro/restaurante is its crown jewel.
Thankfully, it is no longer one of the best-kept-secrets in the Greater Vancouver area, and if you want to get in for dinner, reservations are a must. The food is beyond fantastic, generous portions imaginatively and exquisitely prepared by Roberto, his extravagant passion for food a pure reflection of his aqueous roots in Venezia! The house wine is perfect for a simple pasta, but take our advice and let Roberto or Anna recommend a great wine to complement whate you choose from whatever they are serving for that evening!
A fun, and remarkably lovely synchronicity that lends credibility to my review is this: Roberto comes from Dolo-Mirano, Italy, a small community fifteen kilometers outside of Venice, this the same town where I have worked with educators for the last seven years!
Making incredible food even better is how Anna serves even a simple pasta beautifully in an environment she designed as well. You will immediately realize that she's an artist, and attends everything with an artists eye for detail! And don't get us started about her desserts! Her Chocolate Cheesecake "to live for!' And make sure to save room for something sweet to go with an espresso at the end of your meal!
The great news for us is that their front door is merely four docks away from the stern door of our 'island home', amiamo-adventuresdotcom. If you have a special event coming up, and want to conjur up an intimate evening for between 8 and 24 people, this is truly the place, and the space for magic!
Call Anna, and tell her we sent you! And good news! You no longer have to guarantee a party of eight or more!
Phone: 604-937-0727 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-937-0727 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
P.S. If you want to get a rise out of Roberto, order a burger and fries!
I went to Casa Fabesso with a group of friends on a Saturday night and enjoyed the entire experience. I moved to Canada from Italy two years ago myself, and have not found many Italian restaurants in the city that have authentic cousine.
We call Casa Fabesso a few days before and were the first group to book for the evening, so we could decide the menu. We told Roberto (the chef) we wanted fish and otherwise left it up to him. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and value. We got to interact a lot both with him and with Anna. She was very knowledgeable and told us about how the dishes were created. Roberto came out of the kitchen a few times to ask how we liked it.
We got to try 10 different small dishes (including appetisers and mains) plus a delicious dessert ("Bavarese all'arancia", ask for it). Our favorites included the grilled cod with fresh tomato and basil (from Roberto's garden out back), scallops au gratin and tagliolini with prawn and zucchini. We finished off the meal with a shot of Italian grappa and a delicious espresso.
The restaurant is a little out of the way especially for those of us on transit, but this adds to its charm and the trip is definitely worth it.