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New Westminster Restaurant Reviews
Gino's Restaurant431 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
COnvenient Store Attitude
By BG Client of Vancouver Downtown (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

This restaurant does not know how to treat their clients. I went there for dinner with 4 of my friends (girls) for a quick bite and a drink. We entered the place at just before 9pm. It was closing at10pm. The food was ok but we did not get a last call announcement for the food. When we tried ordering another item off the menu at 9:30pm, the waitress advised that the kitchen is already being cleaned but after going to the back, said that we can place an order. However, we decided not to bother with it. At 9:50pm we were reminded that the restaurant is closing in 10 minutes and at 10:05pm we were told that it is time for us to leave. At that time we were not done with the food yet. 
We felt really rushed. This is not a convenience store where you can just go in, purchase your item and leave. 
We have never felt so unwelcomed. We definitely will not be going back there again.

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Indian Star Restaurant & Sweets420 Sixth Street, New Westminster
great lunch buffet option
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Had the 10.95 lunch buffet, which included rice, naan, butter chicken, chicken tikka, kofti curry, vegetable curry, something with lentils, and some lettuce/tomato/dressing options. The butter chicken was delicious, with large pieces of tender chicken. Loved the chicken tikka, curry and veggies as well. Filled my plate twice, and was happy and stuffed.

Pretty quiet in the there at lunch, and the one staff member didn't seem too enthused or efficient, but I got a very big yummy lunch, which is all that really matters! Park around the corner on 4th Ave and avoid the meter charges.

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Okonomi Sushi26 4th Street, Unit A, New Westminster
Big portion but still melt in your mouth, what else can u ask?
By panthera of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:34am [Dine in]

I would recommend their special rolls, they taste awesome. Plus they are not pricy at all, I never found better good value for money for special rolls in vancouver. There are lots of variety too, and they are come in huge size so make sure you came with 3-4 ppl to fully enjoy many type of rolls.

I'm not a huge fan of cooked/grilled food in sushi place so I can't say they are good or not.

This restaurant run by Japanese people with Japanese server. They are far more friendlier than those chinese run sushi place which turn me off often.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
A Very Convenient Diner
By Nimrod Agassi of Surrey, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

On a warm sunny September day, I happened to be in New Westminster to meet up w/somebody. We agreed to go inside the Waffle House and give it a try. We were greeted with fairly friendly receptions where we were seated to some tables (standard restaurant procedure).

We both ordered waffle house specials which came with 2 sausage, 2 bacon and w/pan fries (you can either choose between pan fries or hash-browns) with some OJ and milk. Our food came at the right time. The food tasted good for breakfast. The ambiance was comfortable and cozy. Overall, left satisfied and would recommend it to anyone who's in Uptown New West.

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Paradise Donair723 12th St, #3, New Westminster
Awesome Donairs and prices.
By brennanw of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 1:27pm [Take-out]

I love this place. Ive been coming to this donair shop for a few years now and always delicious.
2 small beef donairs and a pop is 7 something. You cant go wrong.

I get exactly this everytime: 2 small beef donairs with lettuce tomato onions and cucumber. Only halifax sauce. I eating one right now, that why I'm doing the review.
Its quick and fresh. im usually in and out in a couple minutes.

Although this place can be a little confusing because of the amount of pricing you see when you walk in.
Just look at that spinning mountain of beef in the background, It'll clear you mind.

if you can, eat it there. Everything is better fresh.
if travelling lay it on its side this will prevent your sauce from pooling at the bottom.
if your walking all i can say is good luck.

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Boston Pizza805 Boyd Street, Unit P100, New Westminster
Absolutely wonderful food and service.
By FoodXpert202 of New West (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 10:44am [Dine in]

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this Boston Pozza location. We came with our children and the staff were so accommodationg an sweet to them, we all felt very privileged. We ordered the cactus cuts then each our own meals, which came out on time and absolutely delicious. The manager even came and checked on us to ask how we were doing! The surrounding locations at Marine and Columbia don't even compare to friendliness of the staff at Queensborough. Our server was very sweet and genuine and talked to us about our day and family, she showed that she cared more about our experience there than the tips and gettin us in and out like other locations do. We will definitely be coming back especially with our children, if you have kids an live in that area, definitely come here! It was our little girls birthday top and they brought out a free brownie with icecream and the whole shibang, even with a lot candle and the whole staff sang happy birthday to her. It brought tears to my eyes to see the amount of happiness he was in. Incredible service, food, and overall day. Thank you! Definitely reccpmmend this place to anyone!

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Mongo Bongo512B 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Great Restaurant for New Westminster!
By Bernardmack84 of Surrey , B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2012 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Visited this restaurant for the first time last week and it did not disappoint.

The restaurant is setup quite nicely in this budding area surrounded by condo developments.
Service was excellent; staff were really friendly and personable.
Great place to go for a healthy meal at a reasonable price.
I especially enjoyed the variety of unique sauces offered to customers along with the soup and bowl of rice that comes with each meal.

I am usually an AYCE guy, but I believe most people can get by with just stuffing one bowl with as many items as desired.

My only suggestion for improvement would be for the introduction of fish if possible (along with the beef, pork, tofu and chicken already served).

I will definitely be returning here often especially with their great AYCE Monday and lunch prices.

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Happy Mom's Cafe821 Twelfth St., New Westminster
great food -great value
By Ann100 of New Westminster, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 10:05am [Dine in]

Great place to go on a regular basis. why cook,? a good meal here is so inexpensive that it isn't worth heating up our kitchen....or wok if you have one. leave the Chinese cooking to them. Also fun to have deliver that isn't pizza. I never used to order Chinese delivery as I like to eat out not in. But now I do.
They have a great $20.12 special. It was broccoli beef, bbq pork fried rice, pork sweet and sour. What's not to like about that? It was all great.
The Fresher & healthier Chinese cooking
- they do not add MSG
- they only use Canola oil (Zero Trans-fat)
- they only use local freshest ingredients
- they offer choices of sweet and low sauces
We liked it.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Bad Malaysian Food.
By cathy m of Ladner , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

Tamarind Hill advertises itself as "the pinnacle of Malaysian food". Well it certainly is not, had lunch there today it was very bad.

I had the Sayur Lemak-veggie's in a curry sauce with turmeric rice with a veggie spring roll.
The veggies were overcooked soggy especially the cauliflower which was a soggy mess-obviously been frozen and maybe reheated who knows how many times?
The rest of the veggies were not fresh. It's the height of our local produce season and if a restaurant can't be bothered to get in some lovely local produce-then they just don't care what they serve.

The turmeric rice appeared to be cooked well in advance as it was lukewarm and already getting a little dried out by the time it was served.

I watched other dishes being brought out and the entree's were steaming but if rice was served it looked lukewarm as well there was no steam so i wasn't the only one with lukewarm rice.
The spring roll was pretty standard a little greasy and about half the size of spring rolls in other restaurants.
The service was good.

Paid $8.25 for veggie mush.
Won't be back.

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Amber's Choice Cafe909 12th Street, New Westminster
Our favourite place for lunch
By COMPANI of V5A1S6 (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 8:46am [Dine in]

We love this place! At least once a week we walk here and get a Panini with soup and a muffin. It is a little more expensive than some other coffee shops but I would rather pay a little more for quality. It is slightly cheaper than Starbucks, Blenze, etc. without all the snobbery! The owner is very friendly and so is everyone else who works here. Always the best service. Try the sandwiches they are awesome, so is the soup. I tried the macaroni salad but did not care for it, that is just a personal preference. The baking is delicious! However, not sure why but the last 3 times we bought the fruit muffin's they were doughy (undercooked) in the middle and had to unfortunately throw them away. They cost $2.50 each, which is disappointing. I will continue to come here every week!!

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Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza800 12th Street, New Westminster
Very good
By COMPANI of V5A1S6 (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 8:22am [Take-out]

We have always had good pizza from here, always great service and it is relatively affordable. From the outside the place doesn't look like much but it's clean and people who work there are always friendly and sociable. Last week we ordered 2 smalls, I had the European veggie with spinach instead of olives and my fiance ordered the Canadian Classic. I really enjoyed mine, just found there was a little too much cheese but that is just a personal preference. Other than that we both love it. Both pizza's and 2 cokes came to less than 24 bucks including tax...can't complain about that!

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Schanks Sports Grill350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
The Best Rec Room in the West
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

No need to search any further for a place to watch that all-important sporting event when you want to get away from your home - this is the place. I'll tell you how much I like watching sports at Schanks - let's say GSP ever fights Anderson Silva in Vancouver, and let's say someone invites me to go watch the fight. My response may very well be OK, but let's watch it at Schanks. Sitting there in comfort surrounded by a friendly crowd, watching the giant - and I mean giant - screen, being served decent food and drink by a sweetheart of a waitress, despite her being super-busy...sounds a whole lot better than an arena to me. As for the food, I've had the halibut salad, and the salmon salad, and both were great, and the price was right. Their basket of sweet potato fries is awesome. The menu in general shows great aspiration to be much more than just a divey sports bar, yet shows respect for the traditional sports bar comfort foods. Well done, guys.

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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
Great authentic tacos
By gr8martini of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

You come to a place like this for the authentic tacos, burritos ect...you usually put up with the service. While they are extremely friendly - the place is family run- you can have a bit of a wait for service when its busy, so be patient...it's worth it. And its getting busier as the neighbourhood figures out how good the food is. Tacos are the best bet - make sure you try the chorizqueso - chorizo sausage and cheese. The shrimp are also amazing. Actually I can't think of a bad choice. Most are $2 a piece. I find 4-6 make a meal and you get taco chips to start. A cold beer is a must with these.

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
A Masterpiece of Mediocrity ...
By Pirate69 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2012 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Everything good I read about Ole Ole restaurant turned out to be untrue. Naively I walked in to this rundown looking joint anticipating a Topanga Café like experience in which a great hot plate arrived on my table, barely containing a lava-like flow of melted cheese and avocado sauce, and concealing beneath it generosity and abundance - there was no way of telling where the great burrito ended and the beans and rice began. This masterpiece defied you to eat it all - and after you did you waddled out of there stuffed and satisfied and suffering from chip and salsa overload - but the Topanga had become rather out of my price range and so I bought my friend to Ole Ole as a birthday treat.

The reviews - which had declared Ole Ole the best Mexican food in New Westminster told of an old man in charge there who was so very friendly - he turned out to be sad, tired and cadaverous - immediately he and I conflicted. I requested that my food not be microwaved - (what kind of restaurant microwaves their food?) - he told me it would take too long but he finally acquiesced - I had to pay $5 for chips and a salsa that was little more than pureed tomatoes - this old man then tried to tell us what to order - implying that when it arrived our experience would all be worth it because he was giving us such a good deal - this turned out to be a barefaced lie.

The hostilities between myself and the waiter, or owner, or what ever he was, continued. When I asked for extra cheese on my enchilada it really upset him - I felt that he regarded me as his enemy.

If what turned up on our table was authentic Mexican food then Mexico is a country I will increase my resolve stay away from - the food we received was something a child might throw together in their parents kitchen; a little plain rice, a scoop of plain beans - the enchilada that I ordered looked exactly the same as the burrito my friend ordered - on my “enchilada” beyond there being no extra cheese there didn’t seem to be any cheese at all! The food looked like it had been made with a cut rate Kraft Dinner-like noodle mix. Only the home made hot sauce we were given when I asked for bottled sauce was any good.

That this place stays in business at all - let alone being voted the best Mexican fare in New West - is a mystery on a par with the origins of the universe and those big ugly heads on Easter Island.

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Paradise Donair723 12th St, #3, New Westminster
The 2 reviewers below must belong to the family
By milou of East Van (46 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 10:15pm [Take-out]

I read 2 previous glowing reviews that prompt us to have to try this. We pass by their shop every weekend so today we gave them a shot. I ordered 2 medium chicken and mix beef/lamb with pop for $10. For the value it's not bad. We had chicken and mix beef and lamb. The chicken donair is bland and soggy. The mix beef/lamb had somewhat weird tomato sauce in it. Overall this is probably the worst donair place we've ever tried. If you want great donair go to donair affairs in port coquitlam, i'm not lying it's the best. I brought my friend from LA and they loved it every single bite. They have great hawaiian chicken donair and regular beef or lamb donair. This paradise donair is totally not authentic. Their sauce has strange flavor more like eating can sardines but with beef/lamb.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Best local restaurant
By Thor of V1 (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

I came here for my wife's birthday! The menu shocked me! Steak and sushi? To my surprise (not really) steak was AMAZING and sushi my wife had danky! The desserts are pleasant and of the poison in the bottle kind! The service was fun! And the price was exact. The view what many know and expect.

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Paradise Donair723 12th St, #3, New Westminster
Donair Paradise, indeed!
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Been here on several occasions. Hand down, my favorite donair joint.
It is very close to where I live and it's more affordable and filling.

The donairs are usually stuffed with goodness of your choice. The meat is always good, felafel too.
You get to chose if you want it more spicy or add/leave out ingriedients.

Sometimes there's a bit of a line but it's worth it.
The guy that usually works there is very friendly and personable.

Most people around New West know it and love it. I'm a satisfied, returning customer for sure.

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Paradise Donair723 12th St, #3, New Westminster
Very Good, Very Cheap + Response
By Donairguy21 of new west minister (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2012 - 10:06pm [Take-out]

The server's are always very nice, if a bit quiet at times.
The food is excellent, perfectly complementing the cheap price.
If you're in the area, definitely grab a bite.

Also, in regards to the post saying that the price always changes, that's simply not true. They've had the same prices for the past ten years (about as long as I've known about PD).
What may have happened is that you didn't get charged tax. The owner will often just disregard the tax when he's working and just take $5 instead of the $5.60 (the employees have to charge the 5.60).
Also remember that chicken, beef and lamb are all priced differently. You will get charged differently for the different meats as they are different products. One more thing, if you add a drink to your combo, then it will be more.
Obviously.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
Fantastic Fish and chips, better then anywere else.
By Max's Daughter of Langley, B. C. Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

My family and I have been dinning at this restaurant for over 15 years. Every time we come we get the same smiling faces and hot sizzling food, what more do you need. When the place is not busy you can set your self, other wise they ask you to wait. The wait is never long anyhow. Even if it was I'd still wait. The place does not look like a 5* restaurant, they have remolded their location, but its still a homey restaurant. Very calming, And they never seam to care how long you stay, just as long as you come back.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
It Adds Up...
By saintvlas22 of Vancouver (downtown) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Went here with a total of 6 people to celebrate a graduation. My sisters have all been to the other various locations of this restaurant, mostly in Vancouver, and have enjoyed it, so I was eager to try this place out.

Ambiance: This is a beautiful restaurant. The lobby showcases a raw bar, and it's got high ceilings, chandeliers, and comfortable big wood tables and booths. It's a wonderful atmosphere, and w were lucky to be seated across from the big windows that overlook the water. Though it was a cloudy and rainy day, the view must be gorgeous in the summer light.

Service: The hostess was nice enough to tell us to move our car from the underground parking due to high water, and our waiter was a stand up guy. He was attentive, humorous, and went about serving us with great care. At the end, he chatted with my sister-in-law about what to do in rainy summer weather; really nice man! He did mess up our dessert order though, giving us one dessert that we hadn't ordered. He told us that we could keep it, and we expected it to be taken off the bill - it wasn't. We had to sort it out TWICE, once when we asked for the bill and made sure that we weren't going to be charged for it, and then getting a new bill when they did charge us for it after all.

Value: This was my biggest problem. Everything on the menu is expensive, with entree's wavering around $30. We had some small eaters, but even they had to fill up on bread in order to get full. We aren't really appetizer or dessert people, but we had to get both in order to make a meal out of the small portions of our entree. I know we're paying for location, but the fresh oysters were ridiculously overpriced - about $18 for a half dozen? Are you kidding? The desserts, though, are a good price.

Food: Their bread is fresh and hot, though I wish they would just cut it up for you. Sourdough can be kind of tough to rip open, and I nearly elbowed someone in the face a few times. The firecracker shrimp is spicy and the sauce goes well with the bread, while their calamari was wonderfully tender, and not the least bit chewy. I do wish the squid rings were bigger though, as they were a pain to pick up with a fork. Me and my brother had the 7oz sirloin with crab stuffed shrimp. my beef was cooked rare to order, but the shrimp - don't even bother. They had zero crab in it that I could tell. The ladies had the seafood duo of halibut and salmon. 2 orders were fine, but one had definitely overcooked salmon. The ravioli was a great choice - lots of pasta and topped with loads of sauce and seafood. For dessert, my sister was incredibly disappointed with the creme brulee, as it was gritty and served cold. She almost never leaves food behind, but simply couldn't finish it. The complementary brownie dessert was good,and so was my cheesecake. I like that they don't skimp on toppings - I had berry compote, Irish cream sauce, whipped cream and chocolate shavings all on one plate! The mocha pie however, was a BEAST - absolutely huge, as well as tasty!

Though we had a nice time and were pleased by the great service, the prices are ultimately what make me certain I won't be back. I left full, but only after several baskets of bread, and piling more than the usual orders of food on, which increased the already incredibly steep price tag.

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