When Victoria first introduced me to Chez Meme Baguette Bistro, she described to me a fantastic sandwich place that served some of the tastiest French-style sandwiches she’d had…at least on this side of the Atlantic. I was tempted to join her for lunch that very day so we could make the visit out to Chez Meme but unfortunately, I was busy. Instead, I decided to go a few days later with Chris, who happened to be in town visiting. Chris is usually game for many of my restaurant suggestions so off we went.
Chez Meme had a small but tasty looking menu. They serve several brunch items and although they looked interesting enough, I was there for the sandwiches. After checking out the sandwiches ordered by the people sitting around us, we decided to order two and split so we could get some variety. First up was the boeuf bourguinon baguette, which was basically beef short rib slowly braised in what I suspect was red wine, a variety of herbs, and much more. The baguette seemed to be freshly baked and was crispy on the outside and light and airy. It was the perfect vessel for a simple filling of beef and caramelized onions. It was a bit heavy (especially for lunch) but I have to say that I enjoyed every single bite.
Our second choice of sandwich was the Nordique, which had generous layers of smoked salmon with cucumbers and a generous spread of dill cream cheese. This was more west coast than French but I thoroughly enjoyed this sandwich as well. It was less heavy than the boeuf bourguinon and tasted very fresh. The cucumbers provided the requisite crunch and the cream cheese was packed full of dill flavour.
I should note that the baguettes all come with your choice of soup, salad, or fries. Chris and I both decided to go for the green salad with dijon vinaigrette which turned out to be quite good as well. The salad portion was actually quite large and the vinaigrette had a nice combo of dijon with some tanginess from some white wine vinegar. It was simple but oh so tasty.
Although I wouldn’t say that the baguettes at Chez Meme are necessarily the type you would find in your typical Parisien bistro, they tasted great and were full of fresh ingredients. I would definitely say that they retained a certain French flavour to them. I went back another day with Jenkins and tried the From’ton, which was made with brie, warm pears, and walnuts. If you are a cheese fan, this would be your thing.
4016 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Note: They are only open Monday to Fridays and the second Saturday of each month