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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
Fails, yet again.
By poorestoliver of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

We have returned here time and time again hoping the last experiences were the exceptions and not the norm and with each new visit, comes new disspointment. First off, the bread is always terrible. You cut the bread with the tiny little knife they give you and the bread squishes down to the cutting board, never to rise again. The bread tastes like it was made with little effort at all and is bland. The prices are expensive. The pasta sauce is lame. It is boring and basically tastes just like blended tomatoes heated on the stove. The mushrooms are directly out of the can and the garlic is not the real kind of garlic and is probably garlic paste.The waitress was freindly and that is about all. It is such a shame. Such a long term restaurant and a lower mainlain icon has never found itself and stumbles along year after to year after year relying solely on tourists and an older crowd that does not know any better. I am surprised they can even exist anymore. The place has potential but it no where near to achieving its potential.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Not much has changed...which is unfortunate :-(
By TheChowChow of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

Decided to give Aldo's Pasta Bar another try since it had been about two years since my last visit (which was kind of average). Reading some of the reviews on DineHere, I can see some trends that reflect my experience.

The Good

- The younger Italian server was very skilled. Warm, friendly, efficient, and an excellent staff member for running the front of the house
- The buns were incredible! Whatever they use to keep them or make them warm leaves them nice and flaky on the outside and warm and soft on the inside.
- The decor was nicely updated and the table/glasses/cutlery were very clean
- The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente!

The Bad

- On the seafood appetizer, the shrimp tasted strangely metallic and overly "fishy"
- The Italian salad was grossly over priced for the amount of butter lettuce and tomato on the plate
- The meatballs that came with the bolognese were bland and left a bitter after taste
- The owner, Aldo showed a real lack of professionalism in yelling at my dining companion and I when he asked how the meal was and I politely and simply said, well, it's ok, the meatballs aren't to my taste." My feeling is you shouldn't ask the question if you only expect glowing and fawning praise.
- The ice cream dessert was freezer burnt

Food wise this was probably one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a very long time. It's too bad the kitchen couldn't match the skill of our server.

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Wild Rice810 Quayside Drive, #122, New Westminster
It's just great food!
By danj79 of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here about a dozen times including taking one of their cooking courses (which I highly recommend by the way!). This place may be a bit much for New West to swallow. Great tasting, high quality, slightly edgy food. I'm always left with a good taste in my mouth both literally and figuratively. An open kitchen, great smells, super friendly staff. To top it off, the ingredients are sourced responsibly. Eat here if you like good food. This is the real thing!

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
NYE at Taverna Greka
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

I called about 5 days in advance to make reservations. i always think everywhere will be packe don NYE. I was told they were having 2 seatings. 4-8 and after 8. One might assume that after 8 meant there would be ferstivities especially since they wer having "seatings". Made reservations for 8. We arrived a party of 4 and the place was deader than a regular Saturday night. The whole row by the windows was full but the rest of the restuaurant was empty.

Waitress was nice enough. Could have made more of an effort on NYE though I thought. Sangria was not avaiable by the glass or less than 1/2 a picher. I don't know why? Perhaps the bar tender can't divide.

Deep fried zucchini was very greasy, not good and extremety overpriced at $7.50. Homous was good, lots of garlic and chopped onion on top, but only came with ONE piece of pita. It was also a very small portion.

Spanikotpita was very good as usual and not too badly priced as a platter. Prawn souvlaki was VERY overpriced at $21! That's more than I've paid anywhere and it was good by not spectacular. The rice was nice and the potatoes were amazing as always. Caesar salad average and the Greek salad was AWFUL. The tomatoes were mealy (try grape tomatoes at this time of year Chef) and the dressing and cheese tasted bad, like there was something off.

A very small child had a Shirley Temple and they served this HUGE almost pint sized glass of it to her and she couldn't drink most of it. We were charged $4 for that. Not too impressed.

What really surprised me was that the place was basically shutting down at 9:30! There was no entertainment, not belly dancers nothing! On NYE. Weird.

Not a sepcial night at all, but it would have been fine for a regualr weekday.

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Frankie G's Boilerhouse Pub305 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Won't go back
By canuck_chick of New Westminster, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2012 - 11:50am [Dine in]

Being a resident of the area, I was excited when this place first opened but after years of giving it a chance, it has gone from bad to worse... The food is over priced for what you get, most of the waitresses would rather talk amongst themselves or text then come check on you and the weekend evening crowd is very loud. No big specials for Sunday football and just not worth going to even if it's just down the street. Sadly disappointed over and over again everytime I go.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
The Wait Wasn't Worth It
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

My dining partner and I have wanted to dine here for awhile now but for one reason or another never made it until just this past Friday. As it turns out , should have held off on the visit even longer.

We were greeted and seated immediately upon our arrival by some friendly and efficient staff members. The one guy who topped up our water glasses and watched over use for most of our visit was the manager I believe. He was very good and in fact the service was solid all the way around, the food extremely mediocre.

We ordered the the Kung Pao Chicken and another dish that sounded very good on the menu but was little more than those pub style deep fried pork ribs you can purchase at any bar/pub. On the menu it was described as pork chops with chilies. Very disappointing and the portion size was very suspect.

As for the Kung Pao Chicken there seemed to be more Pao than actual chicken. The dish came with a very dark sauce, few veggies mixed in and not nearly enough cashews.

The Gado Gado salad was very disappointing. I have come to love this dish thanks to the way they make it at Tropika. In my opinion the best Gado Gado Salad going out there.
Tamarind Hill's version was puny, tasteless and pretty much a waste of money.

All of this with one beer for nearly fifty bucks. Sorry to say but a second visit isn't in the plans anytime soon.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Hasn't changed in years
By AKInc of Richmond B.C (28 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I used to come out from Abbotsford for this place, back in the day. I don't think I have been here in around 10 years and I always had fond memories of it. We were at the Burnaby Village Museum and thought we'd give them a try on a Sunday night. The place was packed at 6:30pm on a Sunday and we did not have a reservation. We were greeted promptly and asked if we had a reso. "No, we're not that smart..." We were told "people are leaving so we can seat you shortly..." We waited around 5-10 minutes and were seated easily.The bread plates were still warm from the dish washer (kudos.) I like this place because it resembles an old house. It's sorta kitchie, but it makes sense when you get your plate.

My friend and I had the combo plate (bratwurst, schniztel and rouladen). Our ladies had the Rouladen plate and the other had the scallops and prawns on spatzle. I did not share because everything was great, even the red cabbage, which I normally cannot be bothered to try, was amazing. The brat was lean and not too salty, the beef of the rouladen was tender and moist and the schnitzel was flavourful and not oily. It had a heavy peppered, heavy gravy which is perfect for me, while be forwarned, it's heavy on pepper.

Not for the calorie conscious diner, but a great experience. Our server had worked there for 10+ years and said there is new owners in the last 5 years while the cook is the same from even before her. thankfully that was the case because dinner was a total "re-do."

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Thea's Taverna211 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Bad service
By Badfood of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2012 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Went there the other night. Food was good. The service staff, they all need to be fired! Drinks where poorly severed, our dinners where taken away from us before we where finished. The lamb diner was missing part of the lamb rack, asked a server if this was right she pick up the meal called the other server over and told the her we didn't like it. The sever said in a VERY LOAD VOICE WHATS WRONG WITH IT!!!. Before we could say anything she then said that all the lamb looks that way (FATTY). That wasn't the case the meal was taken back to the kitchen another server brought back the meal and said that it was missing a piece with out saying sorry. I would never go back or recommend it :(

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
Trying to find authentic mexican food outside Vancouver
By Foodinspectors of Vancouver, BC. (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11:48am [Dine in]

All positive reviews so we tried it out which prompted me to write my own review. Set amongst Pizza and Donair joints along 12th street New Westminster, if you are heading out with expectations in that range, you may like this place. Authentic in the sense that if you took a struggling Mexican restaurant outside the resort areas in Mexico and plunked it down in New West and voila - Ole Ole. Too authentic for me. Stale chips and salsa are 4.50 (not included as one would expect). No liquor license so Margaritas are out. Like I said, comparable to the other food places on this strip. What could have huge potential as one of the only Mexican restaurants outside downtown, it has a long way to go to earn my business again.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes514 8th Avenue, New Westminster
Pretty good and tasty
By eating good food of Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

Came here a week ago with a friend of mine. I ordered the double cheeseburger with fries and my friend had the chicken / spinach flourintine.

It was a weekend so a little busy, but not too bad.....our waitress seated us immediatly. The service was ok.

Anyhow my burger was just fantastic melt in your mouth type burger....with melting cheese, really it is unbelivably good here. tried a little of my friends chicken flourentine and it was pretty good food.

This place really has good food. We have also tried thier pancakes many times and really they are amazing.

Seriously, you must try IHOP

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Royal Tandoori Indian Restaurant83 6th St, New Westminster
worst restaurant experience ever
By VanSrenaeb of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:59am [Dine in]

Food: The food is terrible. Jalfrezi is NOT mostly frozen carrots and frozen peas, with some frozen beans, frozen zucchini cublets stir fried with some spices. It looked like a sea of carrots and wrinkled frozen peas with little else. I was very hungry; wasn't about to be took picky if only one of the ingredients would be edible. Ate one piece of each tiny frozen pre-cut veg, decided to send it back.

Service: The owner and chef, Jasminder Singh, walked right by me with no eye contact, on his way to the only other sucker in the restaurant. Failed to get his attention, then sat there for 20 minutes waiting for him to come back. When I finally told him about the food, he get extremely angry, and started shouting and screaming at me, insulting me that I just didn't want to pay. You may read from the door that they are best of new west for years running. You may not be able to find out from what sources that they are nominated best at. I wish I'd check reviewed from real people before I walked in.

Value: the prices are too expensive compared to other restaurants in the city, at best. For what you actually get in terms of taste and quality of ingredients, it's not fit for dogs.

Ambiance: If you like eating by yourself in an empty room with dated, dusty decor, with talk show radio in a foreign language blasting from the kitchen, and having to hunt down someone for everything you need, sure.

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Royal Tandoori Indian Restaurant83 6th St, New Westminster
Would not suggest this place.
By HeartOfSilver of Surrey (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 4:32pm [Take-out]

I was so disappointed. I had moved to the area (just a few blocks away), and ordered some takeout thinking I was lucky to have found a restaurant with my favourite food so close. They said it would be ready in 30 minutes, so I was there shortly after. They had me waiting nearly 20 extra minutes (it was not busy at all in the restaurant), and then when I got the food it had horribly small portions for the price.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Never to Dine Here Again
By tryshh of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

Had breakfast there this morning, when eggs, hash browns, toast, and ham was delivered it was borderline cold, with soggy toast. Was one of the worst breakfasts I've had in ages. When returning the food, they charged me anyways stating I had eaten a couple bites of the ham. They also said they felt the food and it was warm. I don't know about any of you but when I get my food I want it hot, not borderline cold. They charged me the full price and I will never darken their establishment again!

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Stefanos Restaurant315 Columbia St, New Westminster
Favourite place for quiet dinner
By Jac of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2012 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

I love this place! The lounge is perfect for a quiet drink with appetizers and dinner, and watch a game. My husband and I visit often, have an appy and share the roast lamb dinner. It's wonderful! Service has always been great and the dinners are delicious.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Not good for groups
By SLA of New Westminster BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

Recently 10 friends who regularily go out for dinner together, chose this restaurant to go to. In the past this restaurant stood our for it's ambience and decent Italian food. Sadly neither of these existed on the evening we attended. We had made reservations and when we arrived it was as though they had no plan on where to seat us. They then ushered us to their upstairs eating area which essentially is in the attic of an old house.....cetainly austere and the feeling of blah. So there we sat and were ignored. We had to ask for anything we wanted or needed, we had to request they take our order and then had to pursue them to receive our food or beverages. Not a good time in any way. The food? Not worth talking about. Clearly none of the group have any plans to return to this location.

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Heritage Grill447 Columbia, New Westminster
won't be back
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Have wanted to try this place for a while. Seems like it would have potential, but there's a real bar feel to the place, rather than restaurant. The tables are painted sponge/splatter with orange, red & teal. Interesting. Nice chairs, but the booths have springs bursting out of cracked vinyl, and the carpet was beige around the edges but nearly black everywhere else with dirt and stains. The bathrooms were disgusting.

You could only get beer in a pitcher or glass, unless it was one of three kinds that came as a pint. What??? Based on other reviews, decided to skip the pasta and go for the jambalaya. There were 3 clams and 3 mussels in the shell and a nice assortment of other add-ins, but the rice was mushy and it averaged out to just be average.

The place was run down and dirty, with unimpressive food. Definitely won't be back.

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Inn Noodle House892 Carnarvon Street, #100, New Westminster
Waste of Time! Waiter yelled us!
By email.scratch of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I decided to visit today because I was told it was the old Dragon Palace, which we enjoyed their dim sum regularly before it was closed. Unfortunately it was a great disappointment. Do not come here for dim sum unless you have an extra HOUR to spare waiting for the food to come. The service is slow and the food comes out even slower. The place itself is smaller than the old Dragon Palace and when we sat down it was only a quarter full - so not busy and it was 1:45pm, well after the lunch rush. It took 30min for our first dish to arrive - deep fried bun and sweet milk. And another 15min for the steamed prawn dumplings. That's 2 dishes in a span of 45min wait!!!! Wtf?! It didn't help that we were terribly cranky hungry. But I did not think having dim sum should have taken so long. In the end we had to cancel rest of our order which still had not arrived by 1 hour mark! If the waiter had given us a heads up that it would take so long to freshly steam dim sum then we could have chosen to go or stay as we pleased. Do not come here for dim sum - not worth the wait. And they had no excuse for us or were even apologetic. The waiter yelled at us and blamed us for ordering too much food! I will never come here again. And tell all my friends who did enjoy Dragon Palace before that this place doesn't even come close to a reasonable place to eat!

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Spring Garden Chinese Seafood Restaurant832 12th St., New Westminster
Less busy place to have Dim Sum
By ChivalryX of Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

We hadn't been to Spring Garden in years. We used to frequent the previous restaurant that was here before them.

As we got up late on a Saturday and didn't want to fight the usual dim sum crowds, we thought we'd give Spring Garden another try.

It was around 1:30pm and the place had a few tables, but it wasn't super busy. Parking in the back was plentiful.

The ordering is by paper, and made to order, so for those looking for the old style carts, this place doesn't do that. We prefer it this way since everything comes out piping hot and fresh when you order (although it can take longer).

We ordered a few favourites, shrimp dumplings, chicken & ginger buns, fried fishcake in rice roll, pan fried red bean cake, and shrimp spring rolls. Everything was very good, and we especially liked the pan fried red bean cake.

Servers were friendly and quick so no complaint there.

The ambiance of the place is old. It really could do with some updating.

They do charge for tea here, and with tea and taxes it was just under $19.

Overall a pretty good experience. There aren't many choices for Dim Sum in the New West/Coquitlam area, so we were happy find one a decent one nearby. Definitely will return.

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Pizza Garden800 Carnarvon St, #255, New Westminster
Best Pizza in New West
By Gambolling_Gourmet of New Westminster (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2012 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

I know that title sounds like hyperbole, but I am sincere that I think this is the best pizza I have yet had in New Westminster (and I've tried several over the last five years), and pretty much anywhere in the lower mainland. The only pizza I ever had that I might have liked more was Dids Pizza, near the old Yale hotel, in Vancouver. But that shut down back in the late 80s, or early 90s. Aldo's pizzas (Aldo's Pasta Bar), here in New West, are pretty darn good, but not quite as good as Pizza Garden.

Anyway, Pizza Garden has a really homemade thinish crust that tastes wonderful; so much better than the factory crusts that most takeout pizza comes with. And an excellent pomodoro tomato sauce. And the toppings are very high quality, fresh, and not overdone in quantity like most takeout pizzas. Some of the toppings are rather unusal, and offer a nice change from the same-old same-old, such as soppressatta; white truffle oil; homemade fennel sausage; arugula; capers, and more.

The delivery service is fast, almost always under 30 minutes (mind you, I order every weekend, so I have been marked as a "special" customer, so your mileage might vary), and the pizza is often so warm that I actually let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to be the right eating temperature.

They keep a tight focus on specializing in pizzas, but they do have a couple of other dishes; a couple of salads, one called the Fior de Latte-Pomodoro, which while really good is, I think, a bit overpriced; chicken wings, and house-baked bread. And that brings me to my only complaint, in that I think the prices are just a wee tad too high.

The eat-in ambience is fairly poor because it is not an eat-in place -- they have a couple of tables, but its really a takeout/delivery joint. I did not want to bring down the overall review rating, so I chose Solid.

I highly recommend Pizza Garden for your next takeout pizza.

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Highly recommended!
By Liz F. of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

We were there this evening at Java Jazz. It was our first time to try it out after my husband craved for Filipino food... We were not disappointed at all! The owner Salve Dayao was a most gracious vivacious host who not only made us feel welcome instantly but also entertained us with her stories of their singing travelogue around the globe. And the food was excellent! Although we wanted a little bit of light to shine down on what was on our plate to better appreciate it with our eyes, our tastebuds were not disappointed at all! We were gustatorily satisfied with her version of "Crispy Pork Binagoongan" topped with a special kind of coconut sauce, sprinkled with green onions, diced tomatoes as well as cubes of slightly green mangoes--OMGoodness, just glorious! Her "Beef Oxtail Kare-Kare" and her homemade shrimp paste were such a superdelight to my culinary senses as well! It has been a while I appreciated Filipino food this good--twas so heavenly my husband and I forgot all about our rice-fast and devoured the last morsel of this delicately prepared aromatic rice.
Highly recommended! (and this does not even include the rhythms of the live jazz music played by their wonderful musicians!)

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