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Binging on South Asian food on Surrey Spice Trail

by Jan Schroder
jhoi momos at Kathmandu Bar & Grill in Surrey

After a 40-minute Uber ride from Vancouver, we arrived in Surrey to experience nine restaurants on the Spice Trail. In one day.

With 750 restaurants, this fast-growing and culturally diverse city has a reputation for its amazing food. The Spice Trail includes 65 restaurants of all cuisines. We enjoyed a variety of South Asian dishes including Afghani lamb from the fine dining restaurant, Clove, and Indian street food like golgappa, a popular snack from Apna Chaat House.

Some of my favorites included chicken kelami kebab and rumali roti from Chacas Tandoor & Grill and momos, steamed dumplings, from Kathmandu Bar & Grill.

fish pollichath at Kerala Kitchen in Surrey
The fish pollichath at Kerala Kitchen is coated in masala, wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled.
golgappa at Apna Chaat Express
You line up at the counter for golgappa at Apna Chaat Express and tell the ladies which of the six flavored waters you’d like them to fill the little snacks with.
cocktail at Clove in Surrey
One of the creative cocktails at Clove, a fine dining restaurant where we had our last meal of the marathon food-eating day. Every cocktail here comes with its own story.
 seafood moilee at Clove in Surrey
One of my favorite dishes was the seafood moilee at Clove – red snapper, prawns, scallops and salmon served in a spiced coconut broth.
Holland park in Surrey canada
To take a break from our arduous day of eating, we viewed some of the art on the North Surrey Public Art Walk. I loved these flowers and the fountains at Holland Park. Surrey is about 50 percent green space and has more than 800 parks.
metal sculpture at Holland Park
One of several metal sculptures at Holland Park.
the launch by DAvid robinson in Civic Hotel in Surrey
“The Launch” by David Robinson soars over the lobby of Civic Hotel.
the sea captain in civic hotel in surrey
This fine fellow, “The Sea Captain,” by Marianne Nicolson and John Livingston, greets visitors to the Surrey Central Skytrain station. You can easily take the Skytrain from the waterfront in Vancouver and be in Surrey in 45 minutes.

Jan Schroder, Editor-in-chief

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