Ned had been telling me about his in-laws’ Lebanese restaurant for quite a while now but it was difficult to find a time when we were both free to go there for lunch. With a little bit of pre-planning, we were able to find a time that worked for us and Matt was able to come along too. Golden Pita is located in a small plaza adjacent to Lougheed Mall in Burnaby.
I was a bit wary about what would happen if I didn’t like the food at Golden Pita but Ned assured me that I was free to say whatever I wanted. He offered to order the food for us so there are a few items that I’m not too sure as to what they were called.
First came the fattoush salad, which came with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and onions. What I really liked about this salad was the toasted pita chips which added a nice crunch and additional texture to the salad. I also quite enjoyed the tangy dressing, which appeared to be lemon juice, olive oil, and sumac.
Next came one of my favourite dishes that day, the chicken with rice. Golden Pita has different lunch specials each day and luckily for us, the daily special when we arrived was this dish. The chicken was very tender and had a savoury cinnamon spice mix. Contrasting the chicken was a generous mound of toasted cashews and pistachios, which I think made this dish the hit it was.
We also had an assortment of stuffed grape leaves and mini spinach pies. I’m not a huge fan of stuffed grape leaves but these tasted similar to other ones that I’ve had before. The spinach pies were crispy on the outside but were full of spinach-y flavour on the inside. I enjoyed dipping the pies in the accompanying tzatziki sauce.
I also really liked the freshly made falafel balls, which were nice and crispy on the outside. I could only imagine how good these would be in a wrap. Guess it’s something I will need to try the next time I’m back.
As you can imagine, we were starting to get pretty full at this point. We were presented with another plate of nibbles, including mini meat pies and chicken wow pies. The meat pies (at the top of the photo below) were coated with a layer of what seemed to be similar to the falafels and inside was ground beef in a mixture of spices. I liked the chicken wow pies a lot, which had a mixture of spices that I’m not really familiar with, but went really well with the moist chicken stuffing.
We were finally near the end of our epic lunch and were presented with some baklava. This kind was made with pistachios and I liked how it wasn’t overly sweet. The phyllo was very crispy and had only a light drizzling of syrup, which I liked.
Our Turkish coffee went well with the baklava and I liked how it came unsweetened so we could add as much (or little) sugar as we wanted. It was very strong but it was a great way to cap off a terrific lunch with some sweet baklava bites.
The three of us had a great time at Golden Pita. Since I don’t normally venture too far into Burnaby, it was nice to know of a great eating option the next time I am in the area. I’ll definitely be back to eat some of my favourites from this meal as well as to try some new items as well!
9630 Cameron Street, Burnaby