Before leaving Terrace for the afternoon, we had booked ourselves a 6 PM dinner reservation at Don Diego’s Restaurant, since it was near the top of the pecking order in Terrace. Our exploration of the Nisga’a lava fields had gone very well and we arrived back in Terrace at the scheduled time. The place was already packed, but they found us a nice corner table in a raised seating part of the restaurant, as seen here. The 2nd photo shows the view of the bar and part of the lower seating area from our perch. The 3rd photo shows a street view of the restaurant, with the rear of my brother’s black truck also making an appearance.
Favorite Dish: We all picked our meals fairly quickly from a large whiteboard on the wall listing the day’s specials – with my brother’s wife and I both choosing the Spare Ribs ($22 each), Sue a Shrimp dish ($16) and my brother a Pork Enchilada ($15). All came with heaps of vegetables and we also ordered a liter of red wine ($20) in two carafes to sip on throughout the meal. My spareribs were fantastic and, after sampling one, Sue had to agree that they beat her shrimp!
Even so, all the food was as excellent as the reviews had said it would be and we had a great time talking about our day’s activities as we took our time eating. We even had a couple of small desserts ($10) which brought the total cost for four with taxes and a tip to $130 – all prices in Canadian $. It was a great way to end our explorations in Terrace, because we had to hit the road the next morning for the drive home to Regina.
Sue and I were treated royally by my brother and his wife at their cottage – it was so much fun just to connect again after too many years apart, especially with the sun shining, a lakeside view and the wonderful meals they prepared for us. This view shows our first evening at the lake as we enjoyed home-cooked dishes of Pacific Salmon, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and carrots with a beet root or two thrown in as well. A glass of red wine helped to wash things down as we sat talking and enjoying the lake view from their deck (2nd photo). We were also treated to amazing meals featuring fresh Trout they had caught in the lake as well as some of the best breakfast fruit medley’s with yoghurt and granola we have ever eaten!
Favorite Dish: Capping it off, the 3rd photo says it all as my brother prepared the best tart margaritas we have ever come across. Sitting there was simply relaxation personified! After being pampered like that, we decided we had better do whatever we could to return the favour on our second full day in the area.
Returning to Terrace at lunchtime from our morning expedition along the Skeena River, we all decided we would like a spicy curry meal of some sort. My brother and his wife knew just the spot, so we were not long in arriving at the Casa Masala (formerly known as the Hot House Restaurant). Even though it was well into the lunch hour and quite full, they had no problem finding us a nice corner seat. Since we did not want a huge meal, we all decided to share our food, starting with an 8-piece Peanut Chicken Satay plate ($11) as well as two Pakistani-style Chicken Khurcharn curry plates ($14 each), which we shared as couples.
Favorite Dish: The curry was a mixture of shredded tandoori chicken, chaat masala, onions, green chili, ginger-garlic paste, chopped coriander and tomatos with a bit of lemon juice. Both dishes were delicious with very interesting flavours which went well with a couple of glasses of cold water. As can be seen from the photo, the restaurant is not too fancy but it is one of the most popular in Terrace.
With our meal complete, we settled the bill for $50 (for all four of us) including taxes and a tip as we headed out the door for a drive north to the famous Nisga’a lava fields.