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New Westminster Restaurant Reviews
Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Good dim sum and bbq. Noddle? Not so much.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:37am [Dine in]

I like variety when i eat. Therefore i love places that have small dishes to go with my entree. Shang's menu looks promising cause they have tons of selection of dim sum and bbq dishes to go with their noodle. They have excellent roast pork and bbq pork cheeks. Their pork and veggie dumplings are also very good.

Their noodle dishes are just not quite there. The portion is big but doesn't have the best texture and the soup are not quite tastey (not bad but doesn't make you say you want to eat more).

Overall i'll probably go back again at some point when i have craving for dim sums at night. If i want noodle, i'll probably keep driving into burnaby or richmond. Or the new vietnamese restaurant close by.

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Yianni's Greek Taverna543 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good food. Great calamari.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:25am [Dine in]

Been to this place a lot this year. Anytime we have a craving for calamari in fact. It's that good. The squid is tender, the barter is nicely seasoned, the tzatziki sauce compliments the calamari very well.

The roast lamb is good. Good portion and good seasoning.
The souvlaki is okay. Not bad but nothing special.
The red snapper and salmon are good. Of course being baked, there are times that it's overcooked but that sauce on top makes up for it.
The lasagna is huge! It's three times the size we were expecting it to be when we ordered. Taste okay but it's huge!

A bonus for the restaurant is they have delicious rice pilaf with their entree. It's not dry like your typical greek rice. Almost like they heat it up in a broth before they serve it.

They get a 3 for food but i really want to give 3.5 because they do some dishes very well and some are just average. Nothing bad yet.
Service is a 3. Friendly and attentive enough but not quite outstanding. Sometimes there are only one server there and he/she is tending to other things at the back.
Value wise it's a 4 because there are only 2 dishes on the menu i would deem higher than average. Portion to price ratio puts them at a 4.
Ambiance is typical hole in a wall restaurant. At least it's clean and tidy.

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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 (12 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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Indian Star Restaurant & Sweets420 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Best Indian Food in the Greater Vancouver Area!
By ratatatnat of New Westminster, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:54am [Delivery]

In July of 2013, my boyfriend and I fortuitously discovered this establishment and duly fell in love with its delicious Indian cuisine, which we feel is the best Indian food, and the best restaurant food in general, that we have ever experienced in this area. Both of us are fans of Indian food, so we have been to many Indian restaurants around Canada and the world, but we have rarely, if ever, experienced Indian food that is this good. We order delivery about once a week (to us, it is our end-of-week reward), we bring our friends and relatives there for special occasions, and recommend the restaurant to anyone asking about great food in the area. Our favourite dishes are Eggplant Bhartha, Chana Masala, Gobi Aloo, Vegetable Curry, and Garlic Naan (although we also enjoyed your Vegetable Samosas and Pakoras, Chai Tea, and Galab Jamun; moreover, our carnivorous friends also said that your meat dishes were tasty). What we find special are their bright orange curries that have a rich and spicy flavour; the way in which they season their dishes enables us to enjoy the tastes of the different ingredients in a harmonious and delicious balance. Moreover, the quality of the food is pretty consistent from week to week. We also found that their prices are reasonable, considering the portion size and quality. I highly recommend this restaurant to vegetarians and anyone else who loves Indian food. Even if you don't love, or even like, Indian food, this restaurant may very well change your mind!

Now, for a time, early in 2014, they temporarily had a new chef so the quality of the food did decline. Fortunately, according to the owner, the old chef is back, and the food tastes as great as it ever did (we ordered it last night and were not disappointed).

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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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Indian Star Restaurant & Sweets420 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Okay experience
By susanbeasley of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:43am [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant with an Indian friend of mine. Overall, it was okay. I am not too big on spices and curries but the experience was pleasentful.

We arrived during the lunchtime buffet. I tried my hand at the aloo gobi and the vegetable curry. I was expecting the food to be awfully spicy but luckily it was not. I am not very experienced in Indian food but I have to say that the food did not seem fresh. The portions were quite large and the food was quite heavy. Not something I am quite used to. However, the taste was interesting.

As a vegan going on vegetarian, it is difficult to find options for food. This restaurant had several options to offer, from appetizers to main meals and desserts.

I might have to try other Indian restaurants to really decide whether I am a fan of Indian food or not.

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Indian Star Restaurant & Sweets420 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Frequent Delivery Flyer
By Gambolling_Gourmet of New Westminster (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 1:54pm [Delivery]

I have not eaten in-house; I order delivery exclusively, and have been doing so for about a year or so.

Although I am a fan, I will agree with one of the older reviews that said "... after trying more that half of their menu, I feel that they don't have a lot of variety to offer. Most of the curries taste the same, they have like 2-3 signature curries that that use for most of their dishes." It is indeed a rather limited menu.

Nonetheless, that being said, I am a big fan of their food. I think the flavours are excellent -- my current favourite is Saag Alu (curried spinach with potatoes), and while the quantity overall is fairly good, I think the chicken dishes sometimes could use more chicken in 'em -- so to speak.

Delivery time is very good; almost always within 30 minutes, and the food is always really hot -- temp-wise, not spice-wise.

There has been one odd change lately in that the "plain basmati rice" used to be something rather special -- it was not just plain basmati rice, it was a really tasty yellow somewhat puffy rice (it actually looked more like arborio than basmati, but that's neither here nor there, in my opinion); moist and lovely subtle flavours, which was, in my experience, unique. Now it is indeed pretty much just plain basmati rice with some herbs added. I miss the other way they used to do it.

My final word is a caveat, of sorts, in that I do not have very much experience with Indian food, so I cannot vouch to authenticity, but I can vouch that I really like Indian Star's food, and order frequently.

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Okonomi Sushi620 6th Street, New Westminster
Awesome Sushi and Service!!
By mzkaylamariiee of New Westminster, BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I love the quality of the food and service there! Very friendly and welcoming! The prices there are a lot better then some sushi places so I'm happy about that! :D Diffidently one of my favorite places to eat at! :D totally recommend this place to all my friends and family!

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AFG Kabul Bakery444 6th Street, New Westminster
Baked goods
By Dakonella of New Westminster BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

We went in to try out their breads and they had a very good taste.

I didn't like the food they serve as I was expecting a homemade quality I've had in other Afghani restaurants. Obviously, this is not a restaurant but a bakery.

I would stick to baking and providing a variety of different baked goods at your location. I bet around Norooz time, this place would rock!

Also, gluten-free baked goods would be ideal as well.

It gets pretty warm inside as well.

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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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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
The owner was disrespectful
By Dakonella of New Westminster BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

We decided to try it out and the owner, he was hitting on us. He kept coming over and asking if we would marry him. He's creepy and I WOULD NEVER go back.

The dish I ordered was okay, but I didn't like the sauce. I ended up taking it home and throwing it out.

I think we need a new Italian place in town because the owner needs to be more respectful towards female guests or retire.

I don't like the entrance either. Plastic curtain? Eww.. I WOULD NEVER invite anybody here. This place would be a last resort, and I would recommend stick to having a drink with your buddy.

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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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Sushi Koharu712C 12th street, New Westminster
Great Japanese Meal
By lilyraihan of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 13, 2014 - 8:18am [Dine in]

It is the best Japanese food I ever had in town! I have to say I really like sushi cuz its fresh and very healthy compare to high calorie meals. The food in Sushi Koharu is very fresh and tasty. The price is cheap for that good quality food and compare to loads expensive Japanese restaurants, I definitely recommend this one. The owner is a very lovely and friendly Asian woman. I believe she is also the mean cook!

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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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