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Happy Mom's Cafe821 Twelfth St., New Westminster
JUST what I was CRAVING!
By ALYSSA555 of new west (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 9:19pm [Delivery]

My co worker is always talking about this place but I had never really made it a priority. Boy was I missing out.
I ordered delivery for m husband and I on wednesday of last week and we've ordered 3 more times since.
While the delivery times are a little longer then pizza. The food is worth the wait. The quantity and quality of each dish is what makes us keep coming back for more. Well that and the superb TASTE!

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Thai New West Restaurant424 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Delicious Thai
By drkost of newwest (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

The food here is consistently good. We've tried curries, spring rolls, rice and pad thai. The yellow curry is great and we like the sapparod a lot. Spring rolls are deep fried, nuff said. We have eaten in and ordered take out. The restaurant has a nice interior with lots of rich wood which makes for a welcoming and comfortable space. The staff is friendly and calm. We will continue to frequent this eatery.

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Angelina's960 Quayside Drive, #115, New Westminster
Fun place to visit
By Eric_Eric.Voss37Voss37 of west avncouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 11:49am [Dine in]

This is the perfect Sunday brunch place. I always expect to be there for two hours as the service is on the slow side but I don't mind at all as the coffee is great and refills keep coming. You can see the Fraser river from certain seats so it's a very pleasant wait. Just pick your company wisely as you'll be chatting for awhile.

The Dutch menu items are excellent and I consider the portions to be on the large side. I struggle to finish mine most times. I usually never have this issue.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
Awful
By Lq2013 of Burnaby / New West (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

Poor service. No one even asked us if everything was ok. We watched a couple sit for 15 min without service and get up and leave. The staff never even looks at you so you can wave them over if you need something. They don't even know what the things on the menu are. After we ate our kids wanted another tobiko nigri and we sat for 20 min waiting and then ended just getting up and leaving. Then when we got our bill at the front it has the tobiko that we never received was on there. Food was poor quality. Not worth it. NEVER GOING BACK. Don't waste your time or money.

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Thai Box 2 Go418 6th Street, #110, New Westminster
Calamari and Green Papaya Salad
By Rogarboy of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I had the Calamari special today and it was acceptable. I was hoping it would have their own special Thai "twist" or breading to it however is the standard breaded squid rings you can buy from Costco or a Food Supplier and served with a standard sweet chili sauce. I will say it was not greasy and it was nice and crispy.

The green papaya salad was very interesting. Not my first run at this dish I found it to be over dressed and sitting in almost half an inch of very vinegary dressing. I can imagine anyone wanting to eat that much vinegar. It had a nice level of heat to it but I did have to ask for a knife to cut the verge pieces of iceberg lettuce it rested on in order to eat them. I have never seen iceberg lettuce involved in this salad before and the presentation was not given adequate consideration.

When my server who was on the phone almost my entire visit with the same call finally did come around to ask if everything was ok I did mention the dressing and the enormous amount of it. She told me this is the way it is done and it is not like a North american salad. I guess she took it upon herself to assume I have never eaten Thai food before.

This business is not on my list to go back to.

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Sixth Street Grill, The413 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Have been there several times now.
By Rogarboy of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at this spot several times now. It represents excellent value. It is not the fanciest food your going to find but then the prices are not that fancy either.

I have had several breakfasts there and if you can get there before 10AM on weekdays the Early Bird Specials are hard to beat.

The other day I had lunch a Shrimp Salad sandwich that came with a small soup, fries and a small coleslaw. The sandwich was good and the coleslaw was very good. The beef barley soup should have been called spicy tomato barley soup. It was quite spicy and very tomato based and you would have to search far and wide to find any beef in it. The Fries were a total miss being soggy and not fully cooked. Terrible.

I have had the Liver and Onions dinner as well and it was pretty good. Had one vein in the liver but all in all it represented very good value. Of course you can detect the use of flour to thicken things up in several of their soups and gravies but it is still palatable.

This is a small diner and I will keep it on my list of regular spots to go.

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Tora Sushi805 Boyd Street, #120K, New Westminster
Excellent Japanese food
By food toto of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 10:04am [Dine in]

This has been a wonderful place since they first opened. Friendly staff and superb owners serving higher quality food then most places. If you're looking for a five star restaurant with five star prices then you can find them downtown. This place uses quality suppliers and always fresh. Also very quick if you are pressed for time. A lot of restaurants otherwise take forever for your order. Cheers ! Hope this helps

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
The food is okay for New West but your service is terrible
By canadiana1ca of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:20am [Dine in]

I know the reviews are raving about his restaurant and the restaurant is great for anything outside of Vancouver but there are better Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver an Richmond. I've eaten here half a dozen times and the food is good and I don't have to travel into Vancouver but when you start giving bad service is when I draw the line.

We were a party of 5 and there was no one waiting. We put our name in and the host said that we just had to wait for a particular table to finish and that would be our table. Meanwhile 2 other parties came in - one with 3 people and the other with 4. Both of these tables got sat before we did. Okay no problem I understand the seating configurations accommodate smaller parties. But then a party comes in and the host obviously knows them and gives them our table. What the heck? I talk to host and he says "oh sorry, the other girl didn't know". The party sees that I'm making a bit of a stink and leaves. Ok if you were a legitimate reservation, would you leave?

So we order. I order a diet coke and lo and behold - unlike 90% of the restaurants in the world, they charge for pop refills. Really? Then we have barely got our 2nd entree out when the waiter stops by and tells us that it is last call. It is barely 9:00pm by this point. I guess you guys have to rush out and go home. Paying patrons don't want to hold you up from your private life. This is only your job and we are only paying your bills.

These guys need to realize that they Vancouver is the Asian food mecca in North American and there are other restaurants that are better. I just have to travel into Vancouver. This is good for New West but travel a little farther and you will get better. Mediocre food is passable when the service but is good when you start pulling stunts like this - I can take my hard earned money elsewhere.

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Thirsty Duck, The606 12th Street, New Westminster
Local favorite with extra friendly staff
By royrock of Vancouver (West End) (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

When there's nothing to do in the neighborhood, my friends and I go to the Thirsty Duck. Every visit, the staff and servers have been extremely friendly and engaging, and they always have great recommendations. They have drink specials every day, including 3 Old Mills/Cariboo for $9.95, although the drinks at regular price are reasonable anyway. It's my favorite place to hang out with friends, grab a pint, gossip, and play darts or pool. If you're hungry, they have the regular pub food like poutine, wings, onion rings, pasta, burgers, pizzas, and other stuff for less then $10, and I haven't been disappointed yet!

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Taco Del Mar531 6th Street, New Westminster
The same every time.
By kobracommander of New Westminster BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Every time the staff don't care, look as though they hate their jobs, and hide out in the back once we've ordered. The food is always fine, messy and bland. Don't eat here if you're looking for anything more than a quick meal where no one disturbs you because you won't find it. Its a mess.

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Pantry Restaurant, The425 6th Street, New Westminster
Ok.
By kobracommander of New Westminster BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Came here on St Paddy's day hoping for some festivity, however they had none of that. We also quickly found out they were not licensed, and our waitress was not interested in waiting on us at all. The food was good, service not so much. It is a chain so it doesn't have a very nice feel to it.

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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
Pretty good mexican food
By kobracommander of New Westminster BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

Having worked at a Mexican food place prior to ever eating here, I have a standard of where I like my food. Not wishing to return to my prior employer for a bite, we tried Playa Tropical. I was delighted to find the salsa roha verde in the bottles were very authentic to third generation Mexcican, and also very good. (The second time we went the salsa roha was not good but verde was still delicious) We ordered the steak sandwich, shrimp quesadilla and two tacos: pork and fish. The steak sandwich was average, but the quesadilla was incredible. Delicious, served with pico de gaillo, guacamole and sour cream at no extra charge was a pleasant surprise. The tacos are small but also very cheap which explains the price, they are all topped differently and are quite tasty.
The waitresses both times we attended the restaurant were not very interested in us and we had to wait quite a while for our bill after finishing our food, but thats what you get when you hire careless teenagers. I will definitely go back and enjoy the much more authentic mexican food in comparison to taco del mar and chronic tacos.

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Great
By kobracommander of New Westminster BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Had a coupon for this restaurant that we've never tried before and I was skeptical, having never tried Filipino cuisine. I opted out of something new and into the chicken penne, while my boyfriend ordered a Filipino dish with chicken and coconut milk. The dish that I had was unique for itself and very delicious. I am not a huge fan of cilantro so I didn't enjoy the garnish however that is just personal. My boyfriends chicken dish was incredible, the next time we go I will be ordering that! For dessert we ordered cheesecake, also outstanding. The desert menu was impressive and I am eager to try one of the traditional Filipino desserts next time.
The waitress explained everything to us that we asked even though she didn't always know the English word. She was very friendly, prompt with drinks and dessert and made the evening enjoyable. The man playing the piano for the restaurant created fantastic music and was very friendly, greeting us as we came and left. Our total bill without the coupon would have came to $40 with dessert and drinks so I was pleased with the value that we got for our money.

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Thai New West Restaurant424 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Excellent.
By royalsam of burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 8:44am [Dine in]

We had their lunch special recently, $10, for a large number of options. It came with soup, salad, spring roll, rice and entrée. The soup and salad were small but ok. Of course they are just to stimulate or cleanse the palate so I don't expect a lot. The spring roll may have been the best ever. Not a hint of grease. Almost like they were not deep fried. They make them to order not ahead of time. The medium spicy chicken stir fry was very good. Rice was fluffy and seemed lighter than most. This is as good as I've had anywhere including Thailand. It's a definite step up.The staff are friendly and the room just fine. This place is certainly worth a return visit.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
So So Experience
By royalsam of burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 8:30am [Dine in]

I went for a quick lunch a while back and had one of their three lunch specials for around $8. It started great with one of the best hot and sour soups I've had. Just right in every regard. The Szechuan chicken was not. The chicken tasted like the roast pieces you buy from the grocery store that they're selling you at half price b/c it's been around for 3 days. It tasted off so I didn't finish it. That's maybe a first for me. The veg and rice were ok. But the sauce was bland like from a package. And not b/c I'd just had spicy soup. The wait staff were very pleasant and accommodating and the ambiance just fine. I will go back for sure to have the soup but maybe that only.

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Brooklyn Tap & Grill250 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Worst Customer Service I have ever experienced!!
By missmelissa88 of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 27, 2013 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

This bar is owned by the most disrespectful and impolite person I have ever met, and that is actually an understatement. I had a party of 25+ people at this normally empty bar, with people eating and drinking and spending money here all night, and all I can say is that I HIGHLY regret it. The service was unprofessional, and our waitress was totally unable to handle such a large party of people. At the end of the night, the waitress bawled her eyes out because someone hadn't settled their bill. My friend, being the nice guy that he is, decided to just pay the bill to calm her down. BIG MISTAKE. We went there a few days later to get the issue resolved only to be utterly insulted by the owner, who accused my (sober) friend of being so drunk he just didn't remember anything, and accused us of illegal activities in his establishment. This guy merely had to offer us a credit of $30 at his pub so that we could come back again, and we would have been happy. He then had the balls to say "you're out of line" to this request, AND said "I don't need your business!! There's lots of parties here every weekend!!!" I have never felt so disrespected. I was spoken to in a way that was both demeaning and insulting.
I would sincerely recommend to NOT go to this bar EVER based only on the fact that the owner here clearly HAS NO RESPECT and DOES NOT APPRECIATE anyone's business. AWFUL EXPERIENCE.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
I feel so bad for the person(s) that paid for their wedding reception here!
By lazygirl of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 8:58am [Dine in]

I attended a wedding reception that took place last week at this Kirin restaurant. The decor and ambiance is nice with the high ceilings, but that's about it.

Firstly, the service was extremely poor. At our table, there was 11 seats, 10 adults and 1 for my 3 year old. The reception was suppose to start at 7pm. At about 6:30pm onwards, servers started coming around asking each table if the seats were filled. At our table, 9 adults and my 3 year old was seated = 10 people. Servers kept on asking every 5 minutes if the 10th person (empty seat) would be coming. We honestly didn't know and asked why they were so keen to know. They said that they had to know so that they could get their portions right. That doesn't make sense. What if that person was going to be late?!?! Does the kitchen need to know right away if that person doesn't come or not? If there was going to be only 9 adults, are they only going to dish out 9 portions? Were they going to give a discount to the person that was paying for the wedding since one person didn't show up? How hard is it to make exactly 10 servings??? As it got closer to 7pm, the servers didn't back off so we told them that this person was coming.

When the food came out, the servers presented us the dishes and divided up the portions for us. OMG! For the price of the set menu, the portions were absolutely laughable. The cold platter consisted only of 2 tiny pieces of roast pig skin and a few strands of jellyfish. Small portions seemed to be the theme for the rest of the dishes. By the time we got to the 3rd dish, they didn't divide up the portion for my 3 year old. I asked the server nicely if they can give a portion to him, too. I guess the server sure didn't want to work that day as we glared at me and said, in the following exact words, "this menu is for 10 people. TEN people... There are 10 portions already divided up. This is not for 11 people... this is only for TEN people." OMFG!!! Chill... I was just asking a question. The server did not have to bark at me. At other wedding receptions I've been to at other restaurants, the servers would divide up the portions based on the # of people sitting at the table. Normally, it is for 10 people but if there is an extra person or a small child, they would usually give that person food, too. It's just that they would divide the dish into 11 ways instead of 10.

The only saving grace was the dessert. It was sweet peanut soup, coconut rolls, and deep fried red bean balls. They executed these well.

In addition to the food portions being tiny, the quality of the food was not up to snuff considering it was $1,288 per table. Other people on the table were shaking their heads, as well. For $129 per person, the wedding could have taken place at a nice hotel with high quality ingredients and a lot better service, etc. They definitely could have gotten a lot more if they had gone elsewhere.

If you're thinking of having your wedding here, think again!

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Dublin Castle319 Governors Court, New Westminster
Ireland would be embarrassed
By Teabag of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 8:35am [Dine in]

Two friends and I arrived at 1:00 pm on a lovely sunny holiday Monday and sat out on the patio. First sign of trouble was when we asked the waitress what draught beer and lager they had. Silence. Don't think she knew what draught meant. We were given the dinner menu. I ordered the crab cakes, but was told they were out of them. I opted for the queen cod burger. One friend ordered the fish & chips, the other friend ordered the chicken pot pie, but they were out of that, Okay then, how about the Guinness pie, sorry, out of that too. He opted for the fish & chips. The food came after a reasonable wait. The cod burger was dry and greasy, the fries were delicious. My friends said the fish & chips were okay. Coffee was plentiful and the wait staff attentive without being intrusive. Going home we all agreed the setting and ambience were great, but 3 menu items not being available at 1:00 in the afternoon was ridiculous. Found out after we left that they have a brunch menu and they also have daily specials. Why were we not told about them when we sat down. We won't be back.

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Terminal Pub, The115 12th St, New Westminster
May go back
By royalsam of burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

We went on a Sunday late AM for brunch/lunch. It was quiet. My wife had breakfast and for $10 it was good. I had the burger and poutine for $15+. Pretty good although the gravy was out of a package and the potatoes starchy. Also pricey for what you get. Service was friendly but sparing. Perhaps they were getting ready for the day. This, of course, is far different than when it was a dump with the reno and all but it did have a lot of character before. Now it's just a nice looking pub, like all the others. If I'm in the area I may go back but would never make a point of it.

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Pizza Garden800 Carnarvon St, #255, New Westminster
Pizza Garden Deux
By BrockF of Vancouver (east) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 12:41pm [Take-out]

The review posted below me is absolutely right! Pizza Garden is awesome. Lots of pizza places in the Lower Mainland, and being a pizza snob there's only a few I really dig. I wrote a review on their Smithe location in downtown Vancouver and I hadn't had the chance to try it again until I stopped into their New Westminster location. It's conveniently located right at the skytrain station, bonus.

Pizza Garden offers quite authentic tasting Neopolitan pizza and do it by the slice, and even offer delivery. I grabbed a couple of slices and a drink to go and it only came to $5! Their fior de latte cheese really makes the pizza, it melts perfectly in that wood fired oven and their brilliantly red tomato sauce is super fresh.

It's cool that you can get pizza of an 'upper crust' quality (pun completely intended) in New West without having to sit down for a restaurant meal that will cost you an arm and a leg. Pizza Garden has a nice thing going. It's been consistently great each time I've had it and I definitely will be having it time and time again.

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