This place always reminds me of my dad, he was the one who always brought my sister and I here for lunch when we were younger. Back then, having the mind of a typical young teenager, I thought X-Site was the funkiest (non-PG) name ever for a restaurant. That was my only impression of the place. Today, my thoughts have become a little more refined and sophisticated (who am I kidding, I still think it’s a weird name. Hahahahh). Anywaaaaaaaaaaay…
X-Site Grill and Bistro is a great choice when you’re ballin’ on a budget or looking for good value for your money. The food is decent and the portions are big. Did I mention they have $6.95 dinner specials, and $5.95 lunch specials (with purchase of a drink) Mondays to Thursdays? Pretty awesome deal if you ask me.
It was a Saturday evening on this particular visit so the restaurant wasn’t packed (presumably because there are no specials on weekends). Baby-Paca arrived first since she just finished her group study at the library nearby. Mamallama picked me up from the gym and we arrived a little later. When we got there, Baby-Paca mentioned that she was ignored after she was seated and that the waitress didn’t even offer here a glass of water until a lot later (at first I assumed it was because of Baby-Paca’s young age). Shortly after Mamallama and I sat down, the waitress came over to take our order. I asked her for recommendations since we were deciding between 3 items, she crossed her arms impatiently and said “They’re all good” with an attitude-y tone. We ended up ordering the teriyaki New York steak and chicken fettuccini alfredo to share among the 3 of us.
New York teriyaki steak ($9.95): The steak was served with rice pilaf, roasted potatoes topped with sour cream, green salad and 2 slices of garlic bread. The rice pilaf was lightly seasoned and the potatoes were fork tender. The green salad came with a balsamic vinaigrette, however the dressing just washed off the salad as the leafy greens were not dried before tossing. The garlic bread was standard, but could’ve done with a little more garlic butter. The steak came medium rare, just like how we ordered it. It was mostly tender, but a few bites were a little more tough and chewy (tendons?). I found the sauce a tad too sweet but maybe it’s just me, Mamallama and Baby-Paca didn’t have a problem with it. The teriyaki sauce was a blend of Japanese soy sauce, pineapple juice, honey, wine and ginger. The ginger is forefront, but unfortunately without the spicy zing to it, which may have offsetted the sweetness.
Chicken fettuccine alfredo ($9.95): Grilled chicken on top of a bed of fettuccine with pesto alfredo sauce, sprinkled with grated parmesan and a side of garlic bread. The chicken was pleasantly seasoned with what tasted like a blend of Italian herbs. The chicken meat wasn’t dry, but it wasn’t exactly juicy either. The pasta was a little doughy and soft for my taste. We were a little hesitant on ordering this plate as Baby-Paca’s not a fan of pesto, but the cream sauce only tasted faintly of pesto, which turned out in her favour. The sauce was not too heavy, just enough to cling onto the pasta.
The 2 plates we ordered ended up being the perfect amount of food for the 3 of us. At X-Site, you get what you pay for. Despite my complaints, the food is pretty tasty and the service isn’t always as unsatisfying as it was today. Overall, X-Site is a restaurant we’ll keep coming back to.
X-SITE GRILL AND BISTRO
+1 604 298 7483
4625 Hastings Street, Burnaby