Perched atop Burnaby Mountain is Horizon’s Restaurant surrounded by scenic gardens and stunning views of Vancouver, the inlet and the North Shore mountains. I was there recently to celebrate my son and daughter-in-law’s seventh wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful warm summer evening and as we arrived a half hour early, we spent some time wandering around and enjoying the sights. The totem poles and the rose gardens were particularly impressive.
The restaurant was well laid out with large windows along three sides of the restaurant affording stunning vistas of the city. I ordered a bottle of Summerhill’s Cipes Brut to celebrate and was surprised how reasonably priced it was.
My son ordered an appetizer from the Special’s menu, a tomato, basil and garlic soup, which was quite good though to my taste would have benefitted from more garlic and a pinch of salt. My daughter-in-law and I shared calamari in a curry-seasoned crust, served with a cucumber and red chili raita. I have to say that the Cipes bubbly paired perfectly with the calamari. For mains, we ordered Breaded Rockfish in a lemon butter sauce, Lois Lake Steelhead, served with grilled sea scallops and horseradish chive butter, and the Maple Salmon served with grilled prawns. The latter two dishes were the most impressive. The Yukon gold mashed potatoes that accompanied the dishes were creamy and flavourful. With dinner we enjoyed a glass of Quail’s Gate chardonnay with showed a good balance of toasty, buttery oak and tropical fruit.
We were tempted by the dessert menu and ordered two to share; the Crème Brulee with orange biscotti and an Apple-Rhubarb Cobbler with clover honey ice cream.
For a lovely night out, especially if you have guests new to Vancouver, give Horizon’s on Burnaby Mountain a try and allow time before or after dinner for a stroll around the grounds.