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.