Amber’s Choice Cafe

Amber’s Choice Cafe is a small little shop located just a couple of blocks from the Burnaby-New West border.  In addition to making everything in-house from scratch, they also have a catering service as well.

I dropped by for lunch one cold January weekday and decided to start off my meal with a Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate sauce – and also picked up a ginormous Chocolate Chip Cookie ($2) for a snack later on.

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For my first visit, I grabbed the Panini/Soup Combo ($8.95) including the French Pilgrim and Seafood Chowder.

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The Seafood Chowder had shrimp, carrots, potatoes, celery, and good chunks of bacon in the creamy soup.

The French Pilgrim is a grilled sandwich with turkey breast, brie, and homemade cranberry sauce.  I loved how the brie melted.

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They are supposedly known for their homemade tomato soup so I’ll have to try that the next time I drop by.

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There’s plenty of free street parking on nearby side streets or parking meters along 12th.

I wound up coming back on a rainy February for lunch to try out their famous tomato soup (gee, rain on the West Coast?).  The best tomato soup that I’ve ever had was at a small little cafeteria in the basement of a to-be-unnamed building in False Creek.  Those of you who know which one I’m referring to know that people plan their week around which day of the week they serve tomato soup (used to be Wednesdays the last time I visited there many years ago).

Amber’s version definitely ranks up there with the top of the bunch.  The soup is fresh and creamy and has a light orange hue to it.  The vegetables were puréed into tiny bits, and while fairly smooth, you could still make out the different veggies that went into its creation.

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Amber’s Clubhouse ($8.95 when paired with the soup combo) has thick sliced free-range chicken, bacon, red peppers, red onions, spinach, and melted provolone.  It was just as good as the French Pilgrim.

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On my last visit, I picked up a Chocolate Chip Cookie instead of their Cowboy Cookie because the Cowboy had coconut in it (and I’m not a big fan of coconut).  This time, I decided to give it a shot and it wasn’t bad… there wasn’t a lot of coconut flavour – it was more textural than anything else.  Still, I liked the Chocolate Chip Cookie better… it was good idea that I got one of each.

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909 12th Street
New Westminster, BC

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Posted on March 29, 2013, in Bakery, Restaurant Review, Sandwiches and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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