Where to Find the Best Food in Surrey BC

If you are a foodie, there’s a plethora of ethnic restaurants on the famous Surrey Spice Trail. The Spice Trail is a self-guided tour with over 60 ethnic restaurants and cafés across the city. It showcases Surrey BC food in a convenient way that’s easy to follow.

Surrey is one of the fastest-growing cities in North America. Its vibrant multicultural and ethnic population has something exciting to offer to everyone. If you enjoy the outdoors, there are over 600 parks and urban forests, walking and biking trails, water sports and golf.

Are indoor activities more your style? There’s an active arts scene, including theatres, galleries, and indigenous and urban arts.

There are wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries for libations. There is so much to do and see in Surrey, British Columbia, that we can’t list everything available.

Where to Eat on the Surrey Spice Trail

The Guacamole Mexican Grill is on the Surrey spice trail.

Guacamole Mexican Grill

Our first stop on the Surrey Spice Trail is Guacamole Mexican Grill. Owned by Marvin and Rosa Magana, this Mexican restaurant with a Salvadorian flair serves authentic Mexican meals based on their family’s secret recipes.

The food is delicious, and the restaurant has been featured on Global News. Its motto is “Mexican specialties- prepared with passion.”

Food to Try:

Surrey BC food is varied and delicous.

Pupusa’s- corn tortillas stuffed with meat, cheese, or vegetables and Taco’s.

Homemade guacamole and chips on the Surrey spice trail.

Homemade Guacamole and Chips

Drinks to try include the aqua de Jamaica (sweet hibiscus juice) or horchata (a spiced rice and milk drink).

If you are lucky, the owner, Marvin, might serenade you with some of his favourite Mexican and North American songs. It is a feast for all the senses!

Our second Surrey Spice Trail stop is MoMo N Wings – Nepalese Cuisine. If you want to watch sports and enjoy some delicious Nepalese food, this is the place to be. Owned by Bikal Tiwar and Rajiv Koirala, this unique restaurant is a must.

Surrey BC food includes Mo Mo N Wings restaurant

MoMo N Wings Dining Room

Nepalese Cuisine at MoMo N Wings

While you watch the game enjoy fries, wings, and beer, or broaden your horizons with Canadian-Nepalese Cuisine. Many dishes are served family style.

Food to Try:

Tandoori on the Surrey spice trail

Tandoori MoMo- Nepalese Style Dumplings filled with Vegetable or Paneer Chicken & flavoured Spices

Surey BC food dish

Kathmandu Mix Vegetable Curry, Jackfruit Curry and Bhuteko Rice

Surrey BC food dish

Maccha Tareko-Fish Pakora with chutney

Nepalese chow mein on the Surrey spice trail

Nepalese Vegetable Chow Mein

No matter your choice, you will enjoy the excellent food and great atmosphere for your get-together, whether for the game or with friends.

Another Surrey BC Food Option

Afghan Kitchen restaurant is on the Surrey spice trail

Afghan Kitchen

Co-owned by Hassib Sarwari’s family, the restaurant resulted from his dream to bring the flavors of his youth to the world. The family was displaced due to the war in his country and eventually moved to Canada. The Afghan Kitchen features the country’s foods and flavours, as the name suggests.

The restaurant gives you so much more of an experience. As you come in, the friendly staff will direct you to a low table, where you remove your shoes and sit on carpet and cushion or to a regular table with chairs in the main dining room.

Surrey BC food includes the Afghan Kitchen restaurant

Afghan Kitchen carpeted seating area

For a genuine, authentic experience, choose the carpeted area. The restaurant is thoughtfully decorated with Afghan carpets, tapestries, and paintings from the country. The recipes are from the family’s matriarch and are served in the family style.

You can taste the love and care in each bite. The exotic experience and incredible flavours will delight you, and I’m confident you will want to return.

Food to Try:

Triple dip with Afghan bread

Triple Dip-eggplant, hummus, and avocado with Afghan bread

Lentil stew

Lentil Stew

Lamb kabobs

Lamb Kabobs

A dish of Afghan rice in Surrey BC

Afghan Rice

You can taste each bite’s love, care, and quality ingredients. The exotic experience and incredible flavours will leave you delighted and want to return.

As you can see, Surrey BC food offerings are varied. There truly is something for everyone.

Where we stayed

The Civic Hotel is the ideal place to stay to explore Surrey BC food and the spice trail

In Surrey, we stayed at the Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection. This new centrally located modern hotel has 144 guest rooms. The Civic Hotel is also steps from the Sky Train, which serves the Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver.

The rooms have beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that let you enjoy the vistas of the city and the Rocky Mountains in the distance.

The Dominion Kitchen restaurant

Dominion  Kitchen

If you get hungry while staying at the hotel, Dominion Bar+ Kitchen next to the lobby, serves various new Canadian Cuisine. This is also where you will get your complimentary breakfast.

The Prado Cafe in Surrey BC along the spice trail

Prado Cafe

Prado Café is also in the lobby if you need an espresso, cappuccino, or latte shot. The café also has some freshly prepared food or snacks to-go.

A Non-Food Activity in Surrey BC

Cloverdale station

Cloverdale Station

We took a break between restaurant visits and visited the Heritage Rail Adventure at Cloverdale Station. The station is a replica of the original station built in 1910. The British Colombia Electrical Railway (BCER) started carrying passengers and goods in 1910 and did so for 40 years.

Heritage rail car and ticket

Heritage Rail Car and ticket

Run by volunteers, you will find out how vital this electrified railway was to the development of Vancouver and the many surrounding communities.

A refurbished rail car in Cloverdale, BC

Refurbished Rail Car

While there, take a ride in one of the meticulously refurbished cars. It feels like you stepped back a century ago when you could enjoy the scenery at a slower pace, and the air was cleaner.

If you are more adventurous, give the Velocipede a try. It is a one-seat device powered by moving a handlebar back and forth. After that feat, you will earn the Cloverdale Velocipede button. There is also the Family Quad car to try.

Lori riding a velocipede

The Velocipede

Our Surreal Surrey BC Food Adventure

It is incredible to be gastronomically transported from Mexico to Nepal and finally Afghanistan in such a short period of time. We even took a break from The Spice Trail to experience a century-old train ride. All this in less than a day and in the same city! This only represents a small fraction of what Surrey has to offer.

Surrey is an ideal day trip from Vancouver. The Skytrain runs from downtown Vancouver to several places in Surrey. Grab yourself a Compass card day pass and you won’t have to worry about driving and parking. Surrey BC food is truly a feast for the senses.

Thanks to Discover Surrey and its hotel and restaurant partners for hosting me and the rest of the IFWTWA travel writers for the Surrey Multicultural Tour.