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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Slow Brunch
By teemsum of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

Was here for brunch with DH.
We arrived shortly after 12 pm.
Restaurant was half-full.
Server took our order at 12:15 pm.
Waited almost 45 minutes for a breakfast burrito & a huevos rancheros.
It comes with a skewer with one chunk each of a strawberry, a cantaloupe & a honeydew & a small cup of diced roasted potatoes.
At least the music wasn't that loud.

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Fresh Slice417 E. Columbia Street, New Westminster
bad food
By thejudge187 of new west (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2014 - 4:29pm [Take-out]

Food was terrible staff was clueless and rude. They didnt know how to work with money or how to operate the registers and the manager seems like he just stands around. One time I ordered delivery and half the oizza wad flipped over as if the driver had dropped the bag what a idiot

Overall took very long to make pizzas

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Wally's Burgers810 Quayside Drive, #112, New Westminster
I will never eat here again! What a mistake!!
By cigar06 of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:18am [Dine in]

I tried the Deluxe Wally burger. I throw away better food than that. It was the worst burger I have had in decades. The beef did not seem like beef. I tasted funny and was dry and tough. They slopped some cheap sauce on it which seemed like a mix of mayo and ketchup. Whoopie how creative!! It dripped all over. I had to scrape it off. I guess they are trying to kill the taste of the crappy burger. The blonde girl assembling the sandwiches had very poor little school girl attitude. If she doesn't like her job she should find better. The Asian girl taking the orders was clueless. She spelled my name wrong. The blonde couldn't bother to figure out why my burger just sat there and made no attempt to locate the order. The girl taking the orders couldn't remember my name or my order. Only when I realized it must be mine and spoke up did they suddenly wake up. CLUELESS!!!

I cannot recommend this place for any reason. I will never go back!!!!

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Terminal Pub, The115 12th St, New Westminster
A new fav
By aj67 of Burnaby (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

Joined friends for lunch here for the first time. You would never know what the inside looks like from looking at it from the outside. A lot of scratch made food, just amazing burger. The best hot wings I have had in a while. Nice service, friendly. I have not been at night before, so maybe more pub like then, but we have been back several times and we will be back again for sure.

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Nando's Chicken805 Boyd Street, Unit T110, New Westminster
I love Nando's hands down. But ...
By FoodieHank of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 8:04pm [Take-out]

As the title says, I love Nando's hands down. I've been eating Nando's for years. There's just one moment (May 22, 2014 @ 7:45pm) where the lady in the grill dropped a chicken on a skewer on the floor. Picked it up, looked around. When she saw I was looking, she placed it on the side of the grill. When she thought I glanced far, she quicly moved it to the center of the grill. I was wearing my baseball cap. She tought I didn't see what she did. I did not call her attention. But am not going to let it go without posting this. I will still go eat Nando's but this lady must go. The guy at the cashier who I dealt with didn't see what happened behind him.

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Donair Star622 12th Street, New Westminster
Not a Halifax Donair
By rbillard of New Westminster, BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 6:13pm [Take-out]

Okay so, I had a craving for a real Donair. A real Halifax Donair. The Donair, or the Donner as the Lebanese call them, was introduced to Canada in 1971 by a restaurant in Bedford Nova Scotia. The owner then came up with the "sweet sauce" to differentiate it from the Shwarma and the Gyro. It quickly became a hit and then King of Donair in Halifax bought the rights to it and the Halifax Donair was born. Later it has been moving across the country but seems to have stalled in Alberta since so many Maritimers stayed there and couldn't figure out how to scale mountains.

So... I research where I can get a Halifax Donair. This place comes up on 12th Street in New West called Donair Star. They advertise a Halifax Donair.

This is what happened:
-I order.
-He gets out a full dry pita and opens it up to make a pouch. WRONG
-He puts in large wedges of tomatoes. WRONG
-He puts in diced onions. RIGHT
-He then turns around and shovels out of a hot bowl the sliced anemic beef and stuffs it into the pocket of the pita. WRONG
-Pulls out a white squeeze bottle and squeezed something into the pocket. WRONG
-Then he folds it all up into a tightly packed ball and hands it to me. WRONG
-All of this took about 25 seconds.

I left cringing.

This is how you make a real Halifax Donair:

-Slice the properly flavourful and spiced pressed beef from the spit.
-Place the pile of sliced meat on the hot flat oven plate.
-Spray the meat with water and or oil.
-Mix the meat. This will cook the meat further and provide the golden brown colour of the meat and seal in the flavours.
-Place a pita that is sized to the order (small, medium, large), whole, on top of the meat on the grill.
-Spray the pita and meat again with water/oil. Not too much.
-Place a flat tray or pan over the meat and the pita to trap the juices and flavour.
-Remove the pita and mix up the meat. The pita should be warm and slightly moist.
-Move to another station and lay the pita down and place the meat on it then layer the diced onions and diced tomatoes on it.
-Ask the client how much sauce they want.
-Ladle the appropriate amount of the signature Halifax Donair sauce over the meat and vegetables.
-Wrap up the pita with a fold at the bottom and then in a round so that the top is open.
-Wrap the whole thing tightly in tinfoil.
-Give to customer
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It should take about three or four minutes.

If you don't do these steps above. Don't ever call it a Halifax Donair.

What Donair Star created was a bland and flavourless ball of grey meat, dry pita and chunky tomato.
grrrrr.....

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
Bloated
By Dakonella of New Westminster BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

We went out to give it one last chance but as it turns out, we ended up with bloated stomachs. I have no idea what they add to the food that causes these symptoms.

I've been to a variety of Chinese restaurants in BC, and this one is below par. Too bad, because they do offer good prices.

I guess I better go check the other locations, just to be thorough. I'll keep you posted.

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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
So happy for the Reno!
By Dakonella of New Westminster BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

This place is ALWAYS busy, so finding out about the Grand Opening that took place yesterday, was sublime.
So much that we've made reservations for Nana's birthday next weekend! Woo-hoo!

Oh, don't forget! They have live music and dancing, if you're so inclined, on Friday nights, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Ole!

Especially now that it's Spring Break, it gives the busy families bring their kids in and have lots fun. The kids were running around as much as the staff were.

So they have officially placed some of our favorites on the menu such as the Tostadas and the Monster Burrito.

I've been to other Mexican restaurants and this one beats them all!

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Same Old
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Dropped in for a visit to The Hub two Sundays ago. Was very impressed with the ambiance of this restaurant, nice large open space with plenty of room to move about.

Our waitress was solid. At our table in a reasonable amount of time with menu's , etc. Nothing outstanding about her service then again nothing really to complain about either.

The Hub falls into the same category as Earles, Cactus Club, Moxies etc. The same old menu with a couple of little changes here and there but basically you've seen it all before. One big difference with The Hub are the prices! They charge upwards of 15+ for simple things like burgers.

I ordered the Ahi Tuna burger that came with a 15 dollar price tag. The food arrived in a decent amount of time for being after 2pm in the afternoon on a Sunday. It was good. Was it worth 15 dollars accompanied by a tiny little salad with their own housemade dressing? In my view no.

What really ticked me off about The Hub and probably a deal breaker in terms of ever stepping foot in this place again was the beer I ordered. $6.50 for "a glass" of a local brew "Gypsy Tears". This was nowhere near a pint. I would loved to of had a measuring cup handy to measure out this ridiculous rip off.
$6.50 cents for that!? You have got to be kidding me.

I tend to avoid places where I feel I've been ripped off.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Disappointing
By Robert. of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

I went in for a quick bite on my way home. The first impression was good. It was well lit, clean, quiet. The menu seemed to be trying too hard so I settled for a simple steak sandwich(medium well) with gravy on the side.

When the food arrived, the steak was pre-cut in thin slices and spread over the garlic toast. It was also rare to medium rare rather than medium well, so I sent it back. The server returned with it about 2 minutes later. The cook had simply pan fried the steak pieces and re-served the meal with the same fries and garlic toast. The fries were dry, cold and tasteless. The gravy tasted as if it was canned and slightly burnt. The garlic toast was passable. I paid about $19 for this disaster.

This was arguably one of the worst meals that have had in along time. The ONLY saving grace was that at least the server was pleasant. I doubt that I will ever darken their door again.

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Kojima Sushi410 6th Street, New Westminster
Not impressed
By Kerrieblue of Burnaby / New West (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Since our favorite Japanese restaurant closed, we’ve been on the search for a good replacement – but this is definitely not it.

Kojima has very little atmosphere to speak of, parts of the restaurant didn’t even have the lights on, but it did appear relatively clean. We were seated quickly and the speed of service was average but unfortunately the staff could not communicate well in English and did not have very good customer service skills – very one worded and blunt.

But, all this could have been overlooked if only the food wasn’t so completely poor. And I don’t just mean the taste not being to our preference but the actual technique was bad. The assorted tempura was so saturated with oil that simply pressing it would result in oil welling up – likely the fry oil was not hot enough so just absorbed the oil and was bitter from previous food bits burning in the fryer. Of the vegetable gyoza order we had only one because it was chewy and tasted doughy, not delicate like gyoza should be and that too was bitter from the pan used to fry them. We also ordered three rolls, California, Dynamite and Philadelphia. Dynamite was challenging to eat as it was rolled so loosely, it just fell apart. The crab in the California roll smelled fishy and the Philadelphia looked more than a little worse for wear.

… just can’t recommend.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
A disappointing dining experience.
By 3amigos of Burnaby (33 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

We went to Chan's Garden for dinner recently -- a first-time visit for us. With it's bright sign, we found it easy to spot at it's Columbia Street location.

Once inside, we found a rather bright and stark decor -- bare, mostly-undecorated, white (or off-white) walls, with booths (the table rather 'high' for some of us short types!!), and lines of tables & chairs. My first reaction was memories of the cafeteria-style restaurants of a good many years ago -- no decor or ambience, but a spotlessly-clean, neat, and orderly set-up.

Upon entering, we found service to be prompt and friendly. We (a threesome) accepted being seated in a booth -- menus, glasses of water, a pot of tea and cups, and 'tableware' (dinner plates, knives and forks, and napkins), were quickly provided. We asked for bowls, and chopsticks - our request was accommodated promptly.

For a starter (while we "researched" the menu), we (two of us) ordered Chinese beer, and an order of deep-fried wonton to share. The beer was good - light, cold, and "hit-the-spot" - the wonton appetizer was 'ok'.

For dinner, we ordered to share: crispy ginger beef, szechuan prawns, seafood chop suey, and the house special egg foo young. The food arrived rather quickly (I would say, rather too quickly!!!). The dishes looked colourful, and the servings a good size.

The food presentations were the 'good' part of the meal, the food preparations the 'not-so-good' part.

--- the crispy ginger beef was gooey, greasy, and lacking in 'real' ginger flavour -- the szechuan prawn dish - consisted of some unshelled prawns, immersed in a thick, and quite terrible-tasting sauce, surrounded by broccoli -- the seafood chop suey - some rather decently-prepared pieces of fish, seafoods, and veggies, but too much gooey and greasy sauce -- the egg foo young - uncooked inside, and a total yuck!

Overall: friendly and accommodating service, served up in stark and cold ambience, decent presentations of food, that, in our opinion, was certainly not prepared as well, or taste as good as it looked.

Based on this dining experience, I just cannot see us returning again.

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Royal Tandoori Indian Restaurant83 6th St, New Westminster
No trouble writing fifty words on why you shouldn't eat here
By drkost of newwest (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 8:25pm [Take-out]

Wanting a quick snack and craving veggie samosas I called Royal Tandoori and ordered two for pickup despite the cost ($3.50 for two). The lady on the phone said it would be ready in 15 minutes. I gave them an extra five minutes and arrived 20 minutes after placing my order (you could literally wrap and make fresh samosas in that amount of time). When I arrived (to an empty restaurant at dinner time on a weekend), the server said to have a seat and that my order would be ready shortly. From my seat, I had a good view of the kitchen, where I could see the chef changing channels on the TV.. shouldn't he have been making my samosas? When I inquired about how long it was going to take, the chef came out of the kitchen and rudely told me 5 minutes. When I asked why it would take so long, he became aggressive yelling, "fine, if you don't want them, get out!'. So, I did. It was a very unsettling experience and obviously, I will never go back. Oh.., and the lady up the set of stairs from the register doing her ironing was also weird. I've never been in a place with so many people(5 plus 'the chef') hanging around and no food getting made, Truth.

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OPA! Of Greece805 Boyd Street, #140, New Westminster
good quick greek food
By wen of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 1:50am [Dine in]

was surprised that fast greek food can be so good. will definitely eat here again. service really good food was fresh especially the salad. place is really clean. we had calamari salad & wrap with salad enjoyed everything would recommend for the price. portions good size
was recommended by a friend worth the visit although a little hard to find in the mall as there is no directional signage. worth the effort

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Okonomi Sushi26 4th Street, Unit A, New Westminster
A Unique Japanese Dining Experience
By Julumkana of Coquitlam, B.C. (52 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I have ordered take out from this establishment before but i wanted to try their Burning Stone Tataki. This you can only sample if you are eating in. Basically is it a large black stone that is heated and you have your choice of food you can put on it to cook. You have to cook it yourself. I ordered the assorted tataki which is raw ingredients. Tuna, Salmon, Scallop, thinly sliced beef, mushroom and some veggies. Served with miso soup, Sunomuno salad and a choice of dessert. My partner ordered a bento box with beef teriyaki which is always a good deal. A good assortment of goodies, Beef teriyaki, Gyoza, tempura, chicken karage and a dynamite roll with their signature pink rice. A typical bento box with the exception of pink rice.
All the items were very good. The pink rice is something unique to this restaurant. Some may consider this to look unappetizing judging from other reviews i have read, but it really does not make any difference in taste. The pink rice has a fruit and vegetable extract added to it to enhance the nutritional value of rice. It is 100% natural, no artificial ingredients or supplements. That sounds pretty good to me.
Back to the Tataki, it was my first experience with this burning stone and there was a lack of instruction from the staff here. How was i supposed to eat this, was there a sauce to go with it? They just served the plate of raw ingredients and then brought a hot stone out later. I placed a piece of beef on the hot stone and cooked it and ate it, it was really gross, no seasoning. Then we asked if there was a sauce. Oh yeah, there was a sauce and seasoning, they just forgot to bring it to us. Not very good for a first experience. After i figured out how to cook it, it was a satisfying experience. It was also delicious. You have a choice of spicy or teriyaki sauce. I went for the spicy sauce. I would recommend dipping the raw ingredients in soy sauce and then cooking on the hot stone. I would definitely order this again. A Great thing to do with friends or a hot date. A nice Sapporo beer to wash it all down adds to the enjoyment.
The ambiance was decent, the tables and larger comfy chairs gives the place a lounge-vibe. Just sitdown and relax. What was off-putting was the smells in the building. It smells like an old building, and some of the smells were a bit unappetizing for a restaurant setting. That would be my only negative complaint on ambiance.

Overall it was a good experience, i shall return with some friends next time.
Domo Arigato!

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Papa Dave's Pizza820 20th Street, New Westminster
Bad Service and Bad Lasgna
By chase of new west (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 9:27pm [Delivery]

I searched online this evening for a restaurant that serves lasagna in my area and came across Papa Dave's restaurant. The menu looked great and the prices seemed affordable, but I was hesitant to order their lasagna because I find most restaurants nowadays tend to mistake spice for flavour. When I called to order my food I asked the person on the phone if their lasagna was spicy, even a little bit. I cannot stand spicy food. He assured me it wasn't. My meal arrived shortly and by the second bite my mouth was burning. It was unedible in my eyes. When I called to complain they offered no apologies, discounts or anything. I wasted precious money on this meal and still had to make myself something else to eat. Needless to say I will not be ordering anything from them again and I will be making my own homeade lasagna tomorrow. Thank You.

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Thai Box 2 Go418 6th Street, #110, New Westminster
Favourite local hangout
By [email protected] of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 1, 2013 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Great place and good service. I have been to this new place several times and each time the food has been consistently delicious! The service is wonderful and the staff have always been friendly and very accommodating from day one since I started going there. I love Thai food and without a doubt, their food is high quality and delicious The interior decorations provide a great relaxing pleasant Thai Style dining experience and of course their take out food is all of the same great quality!
On a sunny day, relax outside on their new patio!
So get over there and check it out....
J

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
Poor service - we won't be back
By foodgod of Vancouver, BC (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Came here with my family around 6:30PM, Sunday October 20th, 2013. We've been here many times before but tonight we received very poor service.The bubblehead waitress forgot my soup, forgot to bring a plate for my young daughter, and "forgot" the rolls and butter, which, according to the menu, are part of every platter meal.

Abysmal, amateurish "service".

Too many "forgets" = zero tip and no more business from us.

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Good Greek food. Great view
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 10:50am [Dine in]

It’s been years since we’ve been to Taverna Greka. I was feeling like Greek food and the idea of having a nice view while having dinner appealed to me.

The restaurant has a great view looking over the river and there is a great deal of activity on the river so the setting is terrific. When you enter you have to go past the bar to reach the restaurant at the back. The bar is very nice lit and if you have to wait for a table you could certainly be very comfortable.

The service was very good. Our waitress was friendly and very efficient. We had a jug of sangria and it was one of the better sangrias. They did not overload the jug with ice so it was good bang for the buck. We shared an order of kefdetes as an appetizer. The plate had 3 good sized meatballs and came with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki sauce was very bland. My husband said that his meatball was very cool and downright cold in the middle. For entrees I had the Greek style ribs ($22.00) and my husband had the rack of lamb ($28.00). The entrees were good. They were accompanied by rice, Greek salad and potatoes. The rice was very bland, the potatoes had a slight lemon taste that was very pleasant and the Greek salad was just your typical Greek salad. My husband’s lamb was perfectly cooked medium rare as he had requested. Overall the food was decent. The servings are very generous.

It was good. If you’re looking for decent Greek food with good service and a great view of the river this is a nice place to have dinner. There are better Greek restaurants around but Taverna Greka offers fair value.

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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
Good Ambiance, Good for families with small childre...itherwise it's Antons
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 30, 2013 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

Came here on Saturday evening with some friends.

I had ordered chicken strips for starters with honey mustard sauce. the chicken was a funny shape, bland and not really good for the $6.50 that I paid (Disappointed)

Anyhow, for dinner, I ordered Fettucini Alfredo with chicken. I like how the noodles are of various colours and all....but taste wise it was just ok (not great, but ok) They do bring unlimited bread and butter to your table, but instead of doing that, it would be nicer if they only brought one loaf for every 2 or 3 people and perhaps just make portion sizes bigger. They also include a small salad with your meal, and ice cream after dinner which is nice.

Asides from Ambiance, this place really isn't worth it unless you have a family with small children. We will be back only for the Ambiance.....one day....I'd much rather go to Anton's and spend the extra $5 and get a huge sized portion of pasta

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