I had eaten earlier, so I opted for just a snack. I had initially wanted the honeycomb dessert I had tried before, but I was told it was actually a sometimes-available item from their Nosh deli next door, and tonight they were all out. Our server Clarisse did offer to look in their fridge "just in case", but I sensed that was more an appeasement than any real hope of the dessert being available.
My second choice was the Brussels Sprouts which I had tried incidentally as part of another dish last time I was there. It had been good, so I was curious what the side dish was like.
Brussels Sprouts ($7.95 as side dish) lemon, capers, chillies, parmigiano reggiano; server offered fresh-ground parmesan after plating
- As mentioned before, they do a really good job of making a deep-fried-till-black bitter dish tasty. However, the salting was inconsistent and more than half the dish was extremely salty that I eventually gave up.
- TIP: Mix it up well early and sample it. If it's super-salty like mine turned out to be, consider sending it back. Not sure if the saltiness was a fluke. I reported it to the server with that caveat and did not get any follow-up or bill adjustment, so presumably it was "normal" to be so salty, which is terribly unfortunate.
Te Verdu a Fiori ($3.50) green tea & citrus syrup, apple juice, mint, basil, lemon juice, soda
- Pretty decent for a virgin cocktail in taste and portion for price.
- Not as interesting as far as flavour is concerned compared with the description. Mostly tasted like a sweet soda unless you really pay attention to get the apple notes.
Interestingly, our server also mentioned a temporary customer-service promotion:
- In exchange for a free dessert, patrons are asked to post a review of Trattoria Burnaby on TripAdvisor while they are at the restaurant. The review must include the server's name.
- Apparently the server has the opportunity to win something from the restaurant, no doubt based on positive feedback on their service.
- Free WiFi is available (password "internet") but if you are on the patio, the signal can be weak or spotty.