Port Coquitlam’s Wilbur & Sabastian’s: Local, Slow-Cooked Cuisine

Wilbur and Sabastian's Port Coquitlam

Locally Sourced Cuisine

Restaurants always earn bonus points with me when they offer locally-sourced cuisine and different dietary options on their menu. A friend recently recommended a Port Coquitlam restaurant that offers both, Wilbur & Sabastian’s Smokehouse & Bistro. If it wasn’t pointed out to me, I don’t think I would have ever noticed it. It is modestly tucked away in a corner in Oxford Market on Oxford Connector, just off Lougheed Highway. The restaurant does not give off any pretentious airs; my husband and I felt relaxed walking into its clean, simple interior.

Port Coquitlam Restaurant Offers an Eclectic Menu

I’m a menu reader. I will read a menu from front to back to get a better feel for the place. Well, I loved the menu at this Port Coquitlam restaurant. Besides the meat options that they smoke in-house themselves (which is what they are known for), they also have an eclectic selection including Mexican, Indian and Caribbean influences. Everything is locally sourced with most items being made from scratch, including their sauces. So far, it’s one of the few restaurants in the Tri-Cities that I’ve found that focuses on that. They are modest with those extra efforts taken which is almost too bad because it is a great selling feature of the place. For people with dietary concerns, many of their dishes are either vegan, dairy or wheat-free. It can be difficult to find a place that satisfies both the meat-eater and vegan guru, but this Port Coquitlam restaurant can accommodate both.

Contemporary, Slow Food

So, it was a great menu, but how was the food? They advertise their food as “contemporary, slow food”. Most items on the menu take many hours to make. The effort made is worth it because my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our selections. I had the juicy Bistro Burger and my husband had the Baby Back Ribs. The meals included three sides – smoky-molasses baked beans, coleslaw and your choice for the third. I selected their Russet chips and my husband chose the soup of the day, Borscht, in honor of my Ukrainian heritage. There was no lavish presentation; their goal was to provide simple, home cooked food with their own unique spin to it and they succeeded in that.

I loved the variety of flavours in the food. The meat was tender and flavourful, and each side had its own distinctive taste, with the items all complimenting each other. Arriving late in the evening, we were the last table seated for the night yet the food tasted fresh and the server remained enthusiastic. And although we were full, we had heard great things about their monthly changing dessert menu so we decided to share the banana cream pie. My husband is not big on desserts but he raved about this pie. Enough said.

Prices Your Wallet Will Like

What was the final kicker that sealed the deal for us to return to this Port Coquitlam restaurant? The prices. Most dishes were around the $11 mark. And these weren’t frozen foods cooked up to the masses. They were plates of local, homemade goodness. As we walked out of the establishment my husband said, “We’re going to come back here.”  I’m already craving the baked beans.

NOTABLES: Wilbur & Sabastian’s hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11:00am-9:00pm and Sundays 4:00-8:00pm. They are closed Mondays. Their lunch and dinner menus offer different items with their smoked pulled pork sandwich only being offered during lunch at this time. Also, each day they will feature a special dish not found on their menu.

Wilbur & Sabastian’s Smokehouse & Bistro

203-2020 Oxford Connector, Port Coquitlam

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  1. Awesome place, it is truly a hidden gastronomical gem located between railroads and a highway in the heart of Port Coquitlam. Worth the drive!


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