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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Crabfest coupon deal
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 5:06am [Dine in]

My friend had a coupon so we tried the 3 course meal. We both opted for the grean salad, crab topped salmon and a glass of wine. A dessert was available instead of the wine, there was a crab soup, a Caesar salad, and crab topped steak available. The salad was very good, and quite large, the salmon was excellent, but I found the crab topping only soso. Anyway with the $10 off each meal coupon this was an outstanding deal.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
Not a fan...of the food, nor the service.
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Was there last night for a wedding banquet. Nice decor, the ambiance was nice, but I guess it would have to be since they charged extra for the decorating. The only downside was that their audio system malfunctioned at the beginning and they left out the music when the bride and the groom walked out to the stage. I guess everyone was waiting for some kind of wedding music but it only made the entire hall quiet...very strange indeed.

The tables were pretty cramped, so cramped that the servers couldn't even go between the tables. Our server had to reach over my face to collect the dirty plates after each course and we had to pass dishes down for almost every course. It was quite annoying and dangerous since it involved passes a hot bowl of hot bird's nest soup over my daughter's head. Unacceptable in my opinion!! They were also shortstaffed since service was slow and our wine glasses were often empty. Some guests had to resort to getting the bottles from the side and pouring their own wine.

The food was alright..decent...the ingredients they used was expensive and good quality, but it's in the way they make the dishes. Most of the dishes were flavourful and well-seasoned, but the squabs was definitely overcooked. It was one of the few times that I didn't want seconds because the first one I had was tough and dry, and I love squabs!! Same issue with the fish. Presentation of all the dishes was quite ordinary, I have definitely seen better and more creative presentation at other Chinese wedding banquets. Most of those dishes I found quiet greasy, but I guess that comes with eating at a Chinese restaurant.

I've also been there for lunch. Service was also slow, and their dim sum wasn't all that spectacular neither, not for the price you have to pay. Dishes were slow to come and they often came barely warm or cold.

When you have to pay so much per table (my husband is close friend with the groom, so we knew how much they paid) for a wedding banquet (or for any meal), you often expect a lot more...well, you won't get it from Kirin!

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Great food for the price.
By gus.vela-ruiz of New west (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2011 - 11:36am [Dine in]

The service was great. I had the steak medium rare with pasta and some red wine and my wife had the Veal. The people were friendly and the atmosphere made us feel like we were in a mini vacation. I have recommended this place to my friends and they love it.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Good pub meal in the neighbourhood
By MotorGroove of V3 (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

My wife and me have visited Paddlewheeler a fair few times even though there are many nice restaurants in the area. It is cheap here though and not far for us. The pub is a good one for the setting, food quality is OK and the service is fast etc and it's the most expensive and they know us by now so not a bad place over all.

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Coming Home Cafe735 6th Street, New Westminster
my new go to place!
By fernidu of New Westminster (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

I just moved back to this nieghbourhood afar a 12 year absence. The day I moved in a friend who helped me move & I went looking for a place for a bite to eat and found this around the corner. We both had the basic breakfast, and loved it, especially the hash browns. I am not a big hash browns fan but these were brilliant. Since then I try to get over there once or twice a week (last week I was on hols and ended eating there 3 days in a row including having brekky & lunch in the same day)
When I go in I ask the owner Michael what is the special of the day, and that is what I have. It could be chilli, mac & cheese, chicken stew (last weeks lunch), and I have never been disappointed.
The coffee is very good also.

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Taco Del Mar805 Boyd Street, Unit R150, New Westminster
A Solid number 2
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (138 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:26am [Dine in]

2's all around for this place. Fish burrito consisted of 2 frozen "fish" fingers. Was it real fish? I don't know. Was it their fingers? I don't know. Didn't taste like much. Could have been fish, could have been fingers, could have been any number of things. Had to wait an extra five minutes while they unfrozen them. Add refried beans that looked more like something my 2 year old made. Hmm this is not going well. Would you like sour cream and guacaomole? Yes. Didn't say that sour cream was free but guacamole was an extra 75 cents. Tricky.

They have white, whole wheat, tomato and spinach tortillas which really do not translate as flavours more so as white, brown, green, and red. I think I had green. After they put in the mystery fingers, baby poop, green glop and white glop I got a small spoonful of "cheese" and some salsa. That's about it. Cost me lober $8. Was full of bland after a few bites and chucked it out. They used to give you free chips and have bottles of hot sauce on every table. I guess they stopped because they wouldn't want the food to taste like anything? Weird,

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Burger Heaven Restaurant77 10th Street, New Westminster
Unbeatable with a coupon
By royalsam of burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

The value really is outstanding if you have the $10 coupon from the local newspaper otherwise it may be too expensive ie $13-$15 for a hamburger and fries. But what a great burger. The meat was first class and my wife's chicken burger as good a breast of chicken as she's had. Clearly they buy the best.The wedge fries are huge steak cut and reminded me of what fries should be. You get enough for two people but I ate all mine.The best I've had in years. The waitress was pleasant and attentive. Music was great. Even without the coupon I would definitely return but with it this is as good a value as you'll get anywhere.

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Burger King1035 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Not too bad
By eating good food of Vancouver (115 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Went out today for a friends birthday. We had gone bowling, and then we were supposed to go to Boston Pizza, but my friend neglected to make reservations, so they told us it would be an hour wait and alot of people didn't want to wait, so since none of the other people drive (there were about 12-15 people I think) we kind of were stuck and had to go to Burger King for a birthday party (Yes, I was pretty dissapointed at first)

I had preceeded to order, and I ordered alot of food. a Quad stacker, fries, coke and two 6 piece of chicken nuggets. I had never tried thier stacker sauce before and asked the cashier if I could have a little bit of a sample.....he told me that they were not allowed to give tiny samples of bloody sauces (of course I argueed with him and demanded to talk to a manger) I mean WTF? I mean, who doesn't give a tiny sample of bloody sauce to sample? anyhow, I talked to the manager and he offered me some (don't know if it was because I made a stink about it) but anyhow, I liked it.

We then all sat down, ate, laughed, enjoyed ourselves and left.

I guess it wasn't the ideal place, but none the less had fun even for our ages (25-35) I had written a review about another restaurant we went to 2 years ago for the same guys birthday (Swiss Chalet) which was horrible, and I mentioned that we would have had a better time dinning at Wendy's....Guess I wasn't sarcastic when I said that after all, as we all had a better time here that we did at Swiss Chalet 2 years ago.

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Okonomi Sushi26 4th Street, Unit A, New Westminster
Great Anticipation...
By foooddude of New Westminister BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

This former location of the Orange Room was a favorite of ours for a number of years. As sad as it was to hear of its closing we were equally excited to hear of a new Japanese restaurant in town. Well, unfortunately the anticipation turned to disappointment as we finally tried it out.

The ambiance in our opinion was fair. The decorating was pleasant and kitchy but really could be so much better if they employed softer lighting.

As for the food the green tea was great, as was the temaki (sushi cone). Unfortunately the rest of the meal was marginal at best. The tempura was soggy and the maki was very very dry. The teriyaki chicken was cold inside and burnt on the outside.

The service was sadly some of the worst we have encountered. Our order was delivered incorrectly and sent back three times before it was right. Our drinks arrived halfway through the main entree after numerous requests and 3 other tables that were seated after us were served and out the door before we were eating dessert.

Sadly our experience was disappointing and we will likely not return.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Food and service was subpar, should have trusted my gut feeling
By Huge of Surrey (131 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

Went here with a friend for a lunch and from the get go I knew I should have just turned around and walked out. The server were pushy and rude when they wanted to get by you. We seated ourselves and ordered our lunch after a few minutes. I ordered the 6oz steak sandwich along with soup and my buddy ordered the beef dip. The food arrived 10 minutes later which was good as we were starving. The steak was over cooked a bit and came on one slice of toast. The soup of the day was thick like beef chilli and was satisfactory. The steak sandwich for $11.95 was definitely not worth it. The piece of steak was of such poor quality that it was very chewy and bland. You had to add salt and A-1 sauce to swallow it. My friend said the beef dip was ok. The bun and fries were good but the shaved beef was too of poor quality. When we finished we asked for our bill to be separate. She came back with one bill with both of our orders. I repeated myself saying that we wanted separate bills. The old looking brunette seemed annoyed and storm off and said that she will take care of it. Wanting to get out asap, we went up to the till to pay. She then showed up really annoyed and rude. We finally had our bills separated and paid. The service was very poor and the attitude from this server was enough that I will never come back again.

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Inn Noodle House892 Carnarvon Street, #100, New Westminster
Great food, but missing the old menu
By cmb3 of New Westminester, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

As mentioned in the other reviews, this restaurant use to operate as Dragon Palace. They had a good assortment dishes on their dim sum menu but since moving to this location, they've had to cut certain dishes from their menu due to the lack of kitchen space. It was pretty upsetting as this was the only place in town where I could get Chinese donut and soy milk, as well as jellyfish.All that aside, I still enjoy coming to this restaurant. Their food is delicious, especially their marinate beef soup with noodles. The broth is hearty and the don't skimp out on the meat. The prices are very affordable in comparison the portions they serve. All around great value for good quality Chinese food. The only downside I have to this place is that it always seems smoky, as if there's a haze of smoke lingering throughout the restaurant. It's odorless but the smoke is there. I assume the hood fans in the kitchen aren't strong enough to blow out all the smoke from all the cooking they do back there...considering it's a smaller kitchen. But don't let this stop you from dining in.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Always great food... service in inconsistent though
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

If you want some really decent pub food, this is a good place to go.

Servers are always friendly, but if you go there on a sunny day when the patio is open, be forwarned that service is going to be extremely slow... there have been a few times where I have waited over an hour before my food actually arrived. The server should have told me it was going to be a long wait when I put the order in, but they didn't. I couldn't get mad at the servers as it was obvious that they were overwhelmed and busting their butts off to server everyone. The problem is that on days where the patio is being used, management should be hiring additional servers and cooking staff to handle the additional volume. It seems to be regular problem here. I still go there, but if I'm on a schedule to be somewhere else afterwords, I'll go somewhere else where I know I'll be served quickly.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good dinner, but service extremely dissapointing
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

I ordered off of the regular menu, having a Veal and Curry Pasta... the dinner was actually very good. My buddy ordered something off of the special menu, which he enjoyed.

The service was satisfactory until it came time to pay for our bill. I had purchased a groupon for this place and had intended on using it. The server said that he could not accept the groupon because it did not apply to specials. I knew that already, but pointed out that the groupon could be simply used for the non-special items on my bill, which was the dinner I had ordered. He refused to accept it.

I contacted groupon and ended up receiving a refund for the groupon purchase. Although I didn't mind the food here, I felt it was unethical for them not to accept the groupon. The small print on the group did not say anything about it being invalid should someone else at my table order a special item. I was using this for myself... not for anyone else at the table. Even though the food was enjoyable, I felt cheated with regards to the groupon being refused. I simply won't go back just on principle. Stupid on their part as I live locally and they would have gotten more business from me and the people I know had they taken the groupon.

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Sushi Tang546 6th Street, New Westminster
Our favourite sushi place in New West
By jdhammer of Surrey, BC (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

We moved to New West almost a year ago, and one of the first things we did was scope out food joints to see what would be come our regular haunt.

After trying a couple of places, my other half came in and told me about a little place she decided to try called Sushi Tang. She was pretty much raving about it right off the bat - She said she received great service, the sushi was really good and the prices were decent.

It's all history after that - We're regulars there, for many reasons. The quality of the sushi is great - They only use the best salmon, and while it's 1.75 per piece of nigiri at the time of this writing, it's worth the quality of the salmon they use. Other nigiri is priced on par with other places. All the fish we've had there is always great, and their rolls are of great quality with not too much rice. They also have a 1.99 spinach roll, which I'd never seen before. It's really quite good.

The people are what make this place truly great - Every time we're there they are genuinely happy to see us. They take friendliness and customer service to another level. You're greeted as soon as you get in, you get a nice, loud goodbye when you leave, and the server is always all smiles, every time.

The prices are decent - It might be slightly more than an average sushi place but their quality more than makes up for it. Given the quality, their trays are actually a steal, so if you're looking for lots of sushi go that route.

The atmosphere is nicely decorated. Yes, they tend to play loud pop music.....but I'm not there for authentic Japanese atmosphere so it doesn't bother me.

We'll be back...again and again and again......

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Bad service combined with bad food...never coming back here again!
By Selena F of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 28, 2011 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

This is the first time and the only time I'll be dining at this supposed restaurant. If you're thinking of going there...I suggest even Spaghettti Factory over this restaurant! Bad food combined with bad service.

Service was horrid. Even though we may not be a regular customer...we still deserve the basics of restaurant service...as it is a restaurant after all and we are expected to pay a tip. If it was a fast-food place or a cafeteria, I wouldn't be so picky on the lack of service! We waited at least 20 minutes just to put in our order...and another 30 minutes for the food to arrive. Nobody came around to refill our water or ask if the dishes were to our liking. We even had to wait a long time for our bill. Had we not flagged down a waitress...after 20 minutes after finishing our meal...we'll probably be there til the next century. To top off the poor service, they cannot even seem to put the left overs correctly in the container...as they gave it to us upside down!!! What the heck!

Food was horrible. They messed up my sister's order: I guess meat sauce with gnoche was too complicated for this pasta restaurant. It turned out to be gnoche in tomato sauce minus the meat. My dish, which was pesto linguini, probably had at least 200% of the recommended daily intake of sodium. I was just so thirsty after meal...and darn...it wasn't easy getting water at this restaurant!

I just shake my head at this restaurant...there seems to be lots of staff working at this establishment, yet the place is disorganized, inefficient and just plain dysfunctional. The worse part is how the staff seems to focus their service on the regulars (e.g. free wine shots on the house,) and treat new potential regular customers like crap. I guess if they're happy with their regulars and not interested in new customers, then so be it. We're definitely never coming here again and recommending our friends and family to avoid this place.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Poor food quality with high prices
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner with a friend. Service was slow.

Started with soup which was luke-warm, and had troubles getting the waitresses attention. Eventually after about 10 minutes, she comes to the table asking how it is. I return the soup... apparently it hadn't been microwaved long enough.

Main course was the Lobster Ravioli. Again, there were cold spots through-out the dish. The waitress was alittle quicker this time to come back to the table. I return the dish to have it corrected, and had the feeling that the waitress was somewhat enoyed with me at this point because of the "role-the-eyes" up attitude.

If I'm paying top dollar for a dinner, I expect standards to be much higher than this restaurant displayed. I can go to Hy's Encore or Cioppino's Mediterranean Gril in downtown Vancouver, and get way better service and food quality for the same price. If the Boathouse wants to be in the category of high-end restaurants, then they have a long ways to go.

Only good thing about the Boathouse was the view of the water. My advice to anyone considering this restaurant. Save your money and go somewhere else where you'll get what you pay for.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Hidden Gem
By DC and AB of Port Moody (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

Aldo's is New Westminster's hidden gem. Located along the main drive through New Westminster's waterfront, serves up amazing dishes. We frequent Aldo's anytime we want to celebrate, indulge or even just relax.
Invariably, my boyfriend and I always order the same thing: gnocchi with carbonara sauce and penne with tre colore sauce (pesto, alfredo and tomato sauce mixed together). Sometimes we go in telling ourselves we'll try something new, but we can never stay away from our favourite dishes.
The tre colore sauce is perfect. It is tangy, smooth and thick with fresh pesto. It is almost a stew in and of itself. The gnocchi carbonara may seem like a small portion, but it's loaded with fresh bacon and has a thick, creamy sauce. The dish avoids being too rich or fatty, but the wonderful bacon flavours entice even the most stringent of vegetarians (I myself am guilty...oops). We always order a half-litre of the house red, which is a delicious compliment to any meal.
We go to Aldo's about once per month, and we've always been confused by the negative reviews we've found on here. It's affordable in comparison to the Keg or Boathouse, and the food, service and the atmosphere far exceed anything in the vicinity. We highly recommend this restaurant

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Great food
By Cheers33 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 11:27am [Dine in]

I can't believe reading some of the negative post?? Some people should stick to eating Big Macs. I guess Groupon brings these type of people.

This place is simply amazing. It's owned and operated by an Italian family, the atmosphere is cozy and romantic and the pasta is some of the best I've ever had; the absolute best in New West that's for sure! This time the restaurant was full, and while there were only two servers catering to 10 - 12 busy tables, the service was polite and efficient. We had the veal parmigiano (my husband), fettucine con funghi (20 year old son) and gnocchi carbonara (me), and all three dishes were generously portioned and excellent. The assorted antipasto (cappicolo, salami, mozzarella, olives and pickled vegetables) was also terrific

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Brooklyn Tap & Grill250 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Whatever.. too bad
By ThanksMan of Van suburb (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice with my wife, who really wanted to like this place. We both agree that the service is beyond terrible, especially in the bar area. However, for New West, I think their appetizers are very well put together and they even have a couple good flavour combos. But in all honesty, I'm not sure how often I'll go back, I'm so tired of poor service. The waitress is not attractive at all and this is a pub eatery. What are they thinking?

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Great italian food..
By bbb234 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 17, 2011 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

Bought groupon. Wish i had heard of them before.
So we ordered the Baked Escargot in Garlic Butter as the app, I must say it was really good. It was very flavorful and rich.
The Veal dish was tender and had a unique flavourable marsala sauce. I loved the homemade pasta sauce that came with the entree. It was zesty and full bodied, lots of flavour. It was a creamy tomato.

My wife got the smoked salmon with gnocchi in carbonara sauce. The gnocchi was simply the best I ever had. It has a distinct taste of potato, instead of flour. We asked them why their gnocchi tasted so different, it's because it's home made with almost all potato instead of loaded with flour. As you can see the gnocchi are all irregular shaped, hence it's home made. The carbonara sauce was great.

The Tira Misu also good and it was homemade. But I have had better.

The decor was simple and plain, a very home like feel to it. Overall, this place is great for pasta. Their pasta are either home made of fresh delivered everyday.

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