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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 - 10:34pm [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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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Hidden Gem
By DC and AB of Port Moody (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 1:11pm [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 - 12:27pm [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 - 3:36pm [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 - 1:25pm [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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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Wonderful anniversary
By Burgerandbrew of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Although the night started shaky, with not being served or asked if we would like anything to drink for 15 minutes or so, but our seating right by the window to watch the sunset made up for it. The server we had was excellent when she did come around (which she apologized profusely for, apparently there was a scheduling mistake). We ordered the 3 course steak and crab deal, because we had a coupon for it (hey we're students, we use coupons for everything! We can wait a couple years). I ordered the ravioli which was told I could get with the coupon, after we were done our appies and some of our wine (which was a full 6 oz, unlike some other reviewers stated, it was in a big glass though). Switched to a rare steak and crab cakes, glad i did. The steak was ACTUALLY rare, the crab was fantastic even with a red wine, and although I usually eat pretty decent amounts I shoved one of the crab cakes and some mashed potatoes to the bf. He was so full he could barely move, which is a rarity. Our bill was only 60 with the coupons, but I wouldn't hate paying full price for it. The ambiance was fantastic, it looks fantastic in there and will for SURE be back soon! (My man and I are already making excuses to go back and try some appies)

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Italian hospital food at best
By Ischemicdada of New west minster,Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

Ate here for the first time tonight and it was horrible! Chicken Parm although not on menu waiter said they can make it which was probably the worst Parm I've had in my life( lean cuisine is better and that's paultry at best!) the parm which tasted previously frozen then nuked and deep fried was sitting in a pool of water beside soggy noodles covered in a tasteless Alfredo sauce. The calzone was disgusting and only ate any of it cause we were starving. As previously mentioned by a lot of posters the wait staff never came to ask how the food was and thats because they know the answer! Sick!!! Sick to my stomach for eating it and sick to my stomach for paying 60 for it. The only thing not horrible was the beers!

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Really average food
By Unicactus of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:26am [Dine in]

We bought the groupon and thought we would try a new resturant. The food was really just average. It would totally have been over priced if we didn't have the groupon deal. The seafood antipasto was blend. Bread was served with butter instead of balsamic vinegarette and the bread was just a regular dinner roll you'd get on the plane. The lasagne was good but then it is difficult to screw that up. The veal was rather tough and blend too. We got the tiramsu for dessert, regularly priced $8, was totally not worth $8. It barely has any flavor and I had to use the berry sauce on top to give it some sweetness, otherwise it just taste like spongecake. There was no coffee flavor at all.
The service was not good either. One server when she was pouring water for us, all I can smell was her heavy perfume trying to cover up cigarette smell! Working in the food industry it is rather important not to smell like cigarette when you are on duty! Thankfully I did not have to pay regular price for the meal!

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Naanbites805 Boyd Street, #J120, New Westminster
What happened?
By Firstglance of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

When this place first opened, it was great. The food was delicious and good size portions. I used to recommend it to all my friends. Now...not so much. The food lost it's flavour, the portions got really small. I cannot recommend it at all. I think they changed their cook and obviously got cheap with their food. Not a good place for Indian food.

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Go Thai Restaurant502 East Columbia, New Westminster
Great soup, wish we'd stopped there
By MikeD of Coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

My wife and I had lunch here. We'd had take-out a few times and found the food decent, even if portions were a bit small at times. We usually order the Pad Spinach, Matsaman curry, and Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables.

We also like the Pad Thai usually. But not this time. My wife ordered L1 which is Pad Thai with a side salad. These two clashed badly as they were both intense tasting and vinegary. When we get Pad Thai with take-out, its quite nice and comes with sprouts and nut bits. The Pad Thai with the lunch special was unpleasant tasting (I tried it) with no sprouts or nuts. The dressing on the salad was overbearing so my wife ate very little of it.

I ordered L9 which was a OK but lacked a certain oomph. It was called Lard Na, and was a chicken and vegetable stir-fry on fried noodles with a fried roll on the side. Veggies were fresh and the roll was quite nice. The sauce for the roll was the best part. Not much flavor in the stir-fry itself.

What saved the meal was the spicy coconut milk soup, Tom Ka Gai. Not a drop was left in the bowl. We would return just for the soup alone, and maybe rolls with it. Otherwise, we'll stick to evening take-out as the lunches aren't so good.

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Bella Cakes & Pastries459 East Columbia St., New Westminster
The Absolute Best
By AClassyMess of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 30, 2011 - 12:43pm [Take-out]

I have been purchasing my baking from Bella Cakes for well over a year, and can say without a doubt, it is THE BEST bakery in New Westminster or Burnaby. The pastries are absolute perfection - from the macaroon's to the eclairs, I am never disappointed. I look so forward to birthdays and celebrations when I can custom order a cake from Fabio and the team at Bella. His artistry, love and care that he puts into his creations shines through. What a wonderful gem of a shop in the heart of Sapperton.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
S-L-O-W Service + High Prices = I Ain't Coming Back
By foodgod of Vancouver, BC (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

Went out for dinner with family and friends here 09-25-2011. I'd never been here before, but a co-worker who also lives in New West had been many times and raved about the food. The room is nice and open, with a pleasant view of the river. The restaurant looked to be about 3/4 full.

We all opted for items from the Crab Fest menu-all of which were around $35 for a 3-course meal. You were given a choice of crab soup or salad for a starter, one of several crab main dishes, and then a glass of wine or dessert fruit bowl. We chose the wine, and were quite surprised the glasses were barely half-full. My crab soup was luke warm and literally gone in three spoonfuls (after I had to wait about 5 minutes to GET a spoon). Not a great start.

Our main dishes took almost an hour to arrive. I kid you not. Ridiculous. The server almost knocked over my wife's water and wine with her plate when setting it down on the table. The food itself was good-no real complaints there. The steak I got was cooked as requested and decent enough. The problem is the slow service; an hour wait is unacceptable and soured me on ever going back. Boathouse management needs to get its act together here.

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Taco Del Mar531 6th Street, New Westminster
Slop-o-Del-Mar
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

How the heck do you eat these things? Came to this location a week ago and had one of their burritos.
Evidently the guy making the burrito left his personality at home that day. Not a smile nor a word with the exception of barking out things like "cheese?", "sour creme?". He was one big chatterbox.

I ordered my burrito loaded and was that a big mistake or what. Eating the thing was nearly impossible.
The burrito was wet and leaking all over the place. Juices dripping down my arm, needless to say it was one big mess. I must of used about fifteen napkins after eating this mass of beans, cheese, salsa, chicken and other assorted stuff squeezed into a tomato wrap.

Luckily not many people were in the shop at the time, good for you because I am sure your stomach would of turned if you caught me trying to eat this slop.

By the way, nice to see that the burrito maker was wearing gloves preparing the food however it sort of defeats the purpose when you handle money and other assorted non-food things with the same gloves.
Note to people who work with food. Paper money is one of the filthiest things around, loaded with bacteria and germs of all sorts. Do not go back to preparing food after handling money, either wash your hands or change your gloves. A big pet peeve of mine. I stop going to places where they don't adhere to food safe practices.

I'm in no hurry to rush back to Taco Del Mar anytime soon. If I do I'll make sure I bring a bib and towel to clean up after my burrito.

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Pho Chung Nam522 6th Avenue, New Westminster
What happened? Went from awesome to pathetically horrible
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 6:25pm [Delivery]

For a while, I thought this place was THE place to go in New Westminster, and I was a regular. I loved the food, delivery was prompt and friendly, and the value was excellent. That all changed with my last experience of this restaurant.

Called to put in an order for delivery. The person on the phone couldn't understand english well enough to take the order, so I asked her to put someone on the phone who could speak english. Put in the order, and had to repeat my address several times. Finally got it right... or so I thought, so waited for the delivery.

40 minutes later, I get a phone call saying the driver can't find my address. I repeat the address and also provide landmarks so that the driver knows where to go. Waited another 20 minutes... another phone call. Person says that the driver is on 12th street and can't find my home... btw, my place is no where near 12th street, and no where near the landmarks I gave. I repeat the address yet again, and give more landmarks. She then passes the phone over to a guy, who then asks me where do I want to go. Where do I want to go???? Hello... I put in a food order and waiting for it to show up. Unbelievable!!! Clueless or what!

About 1 hour and 20 minutes later, my food finally shows up. The delivery guy is flustered and appologetic, and says that there has recently been a large turn-over in staff. I didn't think of examining the bill before the delivery guy left, but I should have. Orders over $25 offer a free soup. Turned out that they included the soup, but they charged me for that ontop of my regular order. Food was cold, and the quality was sub-par compared to my previous experiences. Man, was I upset. I didn't have the patients to deal with them further on this, so most of the food went in the garbage. I will not order from this restaurant again.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
Great meal - outstanding service.
By alexbo of trail (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

These people are wonderful. They were incredibly busy but still treated me very special. The waitresses were kind and efficient. My server found time to attend my table three times to check on me and they wee full with patrons waiting to get in. The food was fantastic and was very fast. Treat yourself and go here for some fish and chips. I recommend the halibut.

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Burger Heaven Restaurant77 10th Street, New Westminster
Good food, no service.
By alexbo of trail (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

This burger lived up to its reputation. It was good. Potatoe wedges were good too. But the service didn't happen. The girls were polite and friendly, but I was unable to attact the server's attention. Worth trying this place it is older and run down. The food is good. It was busy and crowded. Don't expect a refill of your drink or the staff to help once you have placed your order.

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Pho Chung Nam522 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Steadily average
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 10:24am [Dine in]

The food is alright. Nothing to write home about but at a very decent cost. && I must say their Bánh mì or Vietnamese sub is outrages, && affordable! Especially tastey is their lemon grass chicken.
Ambience, well it's there.Bland but atleast clean.
Service is funny, sometimes it's superb and other times it's d.o.a.

would maybe recommend to fam and friends.

oh, && they almost never have all the bubble tea flavours listed in their menu.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Great Day on the Patio
By lovetodine11 of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

We went to the Paddlewheeler Pub for a cool beverage and a bite during the weekend. It was fabulous...we enjoyed the torpedo prawns and chicken souvlaki, which was enough for both of us!! It was excellent...the service was friendly and fast. The Bellinis were top notch!!! Definitely a great way to end off the summer. Definitely be back!

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Pho Chung Nam522 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Great spot for take-out
By msargent of New West (27 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 11:16am [Take-out]

We order take out from here quite a bit. They are great on the phone and always have our order ready in about 10-15 minutes. If I order take out while I am in the restaurant the server always offers me free tea.
They tend to not put chopsticks in with the take out, so if that's imporant to you remeber to ask.

We always get the Vermicelli noodles, and we haven't had a bad meal yet.

A great cheap find for good Vermicelli in New West. I can't comment on dining in, but the ambience is a bit lacking, so we just get take-out.

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Pho Chung Nam522 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Forgotten in the corner
By MikeD of Coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

It was lunchtime, and I was quickly invited into a half-empty dining area. I was given water, a menu, and then ignored. I tried to catch the eyes of staff who were milling about and even called out to one walking by. It seemed there was bad communication between staff.

Finally, after quite a while, one went to clean the table next to mine and suddenly realized I was there with a closed menu before me. I had already seen one table, that came after me, have their order taken a few minutes earlier.

The Beef noodle soup was bland but you get lots of sauces to throw in. The sprouts etc. that come with the soup were less ample that I've seen in other Pho restaurants, but fresh. I liked the fried roll but the sauce was boring.

I'd never go out of my way to come here but might try it again someday.

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