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New Westminster Restaurant Reviews
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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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
Ole!!!
By Good Eats of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Authentic Mexican cuisine at its finest. To be perfectly honest, when my girlfriend introduced me to Ole Ole about 12 years ago, I did not expect much from this hole-in-the-wall restaurant. I could not have been more wrong. I was a fan after the first bite on that first night. The Chilaquiles ("Broken Sombrero") are out of this world. Raul's refried beans are some of the best this side of the border. Whatever you're craving...tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, quesadillas...Ole Ole has got it and then some. The place is small but very welcoming. The service is always friendly and often times the owner will share some humour. Try a Mexican soda while you're waiting and be sure to save room for the Flan. You won't regret it.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Wouldn't feed the steak they served me to my Pooch!!
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

This place angers me. First of I purchased a GROUPON for this restaurant as I had driven by it many times and was thinking of trying it. Walked in,was greeted by a male staff member..then sat at the table and mentioned I had a Groupon to the waitress who in turn informed a male employee ..then EVERYTHING got dark..lol. Heard her tell the manager/owner? I had this..,and the other patrons seated heard his reply..Absolutley not!!..you have two have two people for a GROUPON..well, That embarrassed me..slightly..and when I showed the waitress the groupon that stated nowhere two people minimum.with my beloved GROUPON,whom I will be contacting about this experience tomorrow...she just said sorry. Ok..I was hungry..I ordered the Steak with shrimps and Caesar salad. I knew when it arrived that seeing my salad on the same plate as the steak indicated the chef had no clue what he was doing here.The Caesar salad was swimming in the grease from the grey meat that lay under the canned mushrooms that I never anticipated...calling this hospital food {the reviewer with the review below} is an insult to hospital food! Serve the damn salad on a separate plate you lazy buggers! New york strip..HA!!! Grey old sirloin that was on it's last legs..I ate one bite..waitress asked If my steak was alright..told her..nicely..sorry..it is horrible..one of the worst attempts at cooking beef as I had ever encountered. Wanted to say..I wouldn't serve it to my dog..but held my tounge..Dog would have biten me if I served him this mess..and I would have deserved it. Rude staff,hope all of you reading AVOID this place..don't dare take a GROUPON here..they should never participate in deals then scam patrons who arrive at this clip joint.

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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
Great Mexican food in New West
By drkost of newwest (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

I discovered this place the day it opened last year. My girlfriend and I frequent this spot. The service is friendly. The food is well seasoned, nicely prepared and freshly made. We love the Choriqueso and Fish tacos the best. We have tried most of everything on the menu over the past year and it is all really tasty. We go at least twice a month, be warned however the fresh-made salsas can be pretty spicy. This spot is always a good meal and a good value.

Make sure to try the Flan for dessert.

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Wild Rice810 Quayside Drive, #122, New Westminster
Enjoyable evening
By The Living Bubba of New Westminister BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

I'd tilt the scale towards "very enjoyable" w/taste outweighing cost consideration. Currently, an excellent display of socially aware photography to look at (we bought the book!). Service good, albeit sometimes "scattered". Live music would work well in the size of venue.
The prices weren't out of line, if one either budgets or has a good line of credit.

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Sushi Koharu712C 12th street, New Westminster
Cheap Eats
By yipyip of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

My partner and I have lived in New West for 6 months and have eaten at Koharu numerous times. The only bad thing we can say about it is that our nigiri and sashimi weren't that great the couple times we tried.

The rolls are what we love - they are tasty and you get tons for your money. The other Japanese dishes are great too - our favs are the house-made shrimp gyoza.

Good, simple sushi. Great value. Friendly service.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
great fish and chips!
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

First of all, you can't beat the price. Mon - wednesday is all you can eat for under $10.
It's not a fancy place for sure but the waitresses are professional enough and the service stands out.
Condiments are readily available and the pop is included in the price of the ayce!

One slight complaint is that the batter on the fish is rather thick and oily for sure.

But it is still my guilty pleasure. :)

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Brooklyn Tap & Grill250 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Beautiful view, too bad service sucks. ) :
By NDUB of South Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 11:23am [Dine in]

This restaurant has the best view of the Fraser river and a beautiful patio to sit out on. Too bad they only staff is one grumpy bartender and one server even when the restaurant is full. We had to wait for our drinks one beer at a time, no glasses for the water,no cutlery for the food.... We went to the bar to order our drinks and it was as if the bartender was doing us a favor. Too bad, we wont be back and I doubt we will be recommending it to anybody unless you like to be over charged for beer you had to walk to the bar to get yourself. It doesn't pay to fleece your guests either. tsk, tsk, very dishonest and terrible customer service.

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Gino's Restaurant431 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Nice Patio Lunch
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2012 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

We enjoyed a very nice lunch on the sidewalk patio at Gino's. The roast lamb was excellent. My friend had the wrap special which was very good, but a little messy to eat. Service was friendly and attentive. A relaxing lunch for two with a glass of wine came to $38 including tip.

If you prefer to eat inside, it is quite a large restaurant with many attractive booths.

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Oscar's Cafe450 East Columbia Street, #105, New Westminster
All Day Breakfast
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2012 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

This is a small cafe just down from Cap's Bicycle shop. It is in a retail complex, tucked in at the back off of the parking lot. So free parking.
We went for the all day Breakfast which was very good. The usual breakfast choices of eggs with bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast. They also have omelettes. All are reasonably priced. There was only one waitress so service can be a little slow. It was busy with a steady stream of regular customers, which is always a good sign.

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Wild Rice810 Quayside Drive, #122, New Westminster
Wild Prices Perhaps?
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 11:25am [Dine in]

I must say what we ordered for the most part was very very good. I highly recommend the steam buns. They are absolutely delicious. The order comes with three , in-house , smallish buns packed with delicious mushrooms and caramelized onions along with a scallion verde. In my opinion they are very much worth the 7 dollar order.

I also recommend the lamb potstickers. The potstickers have an incredible taste of minced lamb and in my view were the hit of the night. The potstickers come with an incredible sauce of pea and mint puree. So good I wanted to order more however the tab was quickly adding up.

Absolute miss of the night, the seared albacore tuna. On the menu it is listed under "Small" and they sure aren't kidding. For $14.00 you get about five medallion sized pieces of tuna. Cooked nicely however totally forgettable and for the price, in my view, a rip off.

Another miss, the Vegetable Spring Roll. For $9.00 a very small portion and absolutely nothing special about it whatsoever.

Enjoyed the Yellow Curry and for the $15.00 price tag it was a reasonable portion with more than enough rice. A nicely done curry with just the right amount of heat. Very enjoyable.

I realize these are tapas and you shouldn't expect a huge amount of food but for what you are paying, for example the tune, they could at least offer a little more on the plate.

The Ambiance of this restaurant is a real miss. Not fancy in any way, it sort of reminded me of a fancier sort of cafeteria. A plain jane set up and not impressive in the least although it does face right onto the fast flowing milk chocolate waters of the Fraser River.

Service was solid. Not unbelievable but not really lacking either. We had our dishes delivered in a good enough time and re-fills of more drinks were offered on a couple of occasions.

The tab for the food and two beer came out to be almost $80.00 including tip. Some of the items in my view are totally over priced like the spring rolls however these things were over shadowed by the taste of the mushroom steam buns and some of the best pot stickers I have ever had. I just wish you got a little more for your money.

I will be back for the above mentioned items in the future but with less of an appetite as I now know what to expect.

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Hi Dozo Sushi702 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Pretty resteraunt but a let down overall...
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 7:17pm [Dine in]

When you dine in, the staff seems annoyed to see you. I am not sure why but they're noticeably cold and short with customers. The food is alright at best but for the price and the treatment from staff it is a waste of money.
Portions seems to be on the small side and there's a bit of a wait for your food.

The place is nice inside but I do not see myself returning...

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Sushi Paradise780 Princess St, New Westminster
yummy!
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

The actual restaurant is small-ish but comfortable enough. I tend to order for pick up (it's so close to my home!). The menu features various yummy dishes. I appreciate especially their attention to detail. Food does taste better when it is prettier.The people running this place (a family, I think) are extremely accommodating and pleasant. For some reason people love this place like myself or dislike it completely.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
safe sushi option
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

Ki sushi offers a good quality dining experience from service to value. The food is fresh and portion sizes are fair. I've tried dine-in and take-out and was satisfied every time. It's nothing overly new or different - it's a very standard sushi menu but I appreciate their constant service. Would def recommend to friends and family.

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Papa John's Pizza512 6th Avenue, Unit A, New Westminster
Try the deal of the day
By mags_001 of New Westminster BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 7:51pm [Take-out]

Try the daily deal to go. Always hot and fresh and made by the onsite staff. The location is open later for those late night munchies. I do recommend sticking with either the whole wheat or regular crust as the thin is too thin.

The special pizzas are better than the one, two or three toppings.

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Pho Chung Nam522 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Inexpensive, flavorful and fabulous
By mags_001 of New Westminster BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

Inexpensive but not cheap, this restuarant never ceases to impress.

My otherhalf and I frequent the establishment regularly. Run by a pleasant family, service is quick and couteous. We often order one of the many variations of pho soup or a vietnamese dinner combo plate. The price is always good, the food hot and the taste excellent.

I have no qualms about bringing friends or family here. The establishment is clean - just check out the washrooms.

If you are travelling through New Westminster or looking for a new place to dine, you need to give this place a try.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Over Priced / Bad Service / Dishonest / SCAM ARTISTS
By fujyeemori of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

Two times, 2 Times to be clear. One for lunch, one for Dinner. I went to La Spaghetteria with my wife after purchasing a groupon. The waiter lead us to a table and gave us two glasses of water to start. He then noticed I had a groupon on the table and was quick to notify us that they do not accept groupons for lunch. No where does it say so on the coupon itself. You would think that they would list something so common in the fine print section groupon at least. After confronting the waiter about how their marketing is misleading and unfair not even an apology was offered.

We came this time for dinner.
Ordered under cooked halibut for my wife and a veal bolognese. The side of pasta which accompanies the Veal and is their "House Special" was cold and sloppy. Presentation was lousy considering the price and nothing was great about the veal either. To give them credit, I will rate the food a solid C+ and a B- if I am feeling generous - it was not unpalatable. Their prices however are totally out of line with the quality of ingredients, ambiance and service.
At the end of the meal, I took out my groupon that I could not use the other day for lunch together with my credit card. Upon seeing the groupon, the waitress was quick to point that the coupon was not applicable to whatever we ordered. Apparently, there is a special menu that is even more over priced than what we had ordered that we were limited to order from. None of this is indicated on the groupon. Before my conversation became too heated with the waitress, I decided to just pay for the bill and enjoy the rest of my friday evening with my wife.

It is not the food per se that turns me off this establishment.
It is the pervasive culture of dishonesty that the owners instill in even the lowest rung employees that is disappointing.
Here is an idea to the owners of La Spaghetteria:
Devote more of your resources to improving yourselves and the culture instead of marketing blitz on daily deal sites
If you treat your customers with respect and honesty, business would not suffer and you would not need to resort to Daily Deal sites to survive.
Think long term. You should grow your business on repeat business, not one shot marketing scams.

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Thai New West Restaurant424 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
First time here and will be back
By Smaken of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

Its hard to give credit to thai restaurants in metro van having grown up in Thailand and knowing how the food should taste.. This place is the one acception.. Fresh ingredients, not overly oily, or salted, all of the dishes were well balanced exactly how they were meant to be. This is real Thai food run by Thai people. Ambience is comforting and the service caring and courteous. Busy even during the weekdays for dinner. Great first impression of this place. Will share again on follow up experiences.

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Okonomi Sushi620 6th Street, New Westminster
Sushi Made With Love
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:49am [Dine in]

This is my new favorite sushi place. I used to frequent Ki Sushi but after discovering this gem in New West it is my go to sushi place. Sushi made with care and creativity. Absolutely beautiful is the only way to describe some of their rolls here. My favorite is the spicey tuna roll. Delicious with not too much rice and a nice healthy portion of tuna for under 6 bucks. They also have some creative choices like their Vancouver roll, huge and some of their other rolls made with colorful rice.

My dining partner usually orders one of the dinner boxes and I must say they are big enough for two. A huge portion of food with fantastic tempura. The oil they use must be clean as a whistle because the tempura is always crisp and delicious, not oily or soggy.

There are some nice touches here at Okonomi like complimentary edamame beans and two frozen grapes that come with your bill. Speaking of the bill, very affordable. Outstanding value for the food you receive.

My only gripe about Okonomi is that sometimes the servers, although very pleasant and friendly, can get a little forgetful not remembering things like requests for a tea fill up. They also seem to be under staffed at times with one server trying to cover the entire restaurant.

I have gone to both Okonomi locations. This is by far my favorite location as it is a newer space unlike their upstairs location off of Columbia. The Columbia building is very old and smells like it inside.

If you are a sushi lover I believe you will be impressed with Okonomi.

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Paradise Donair723 12th St, #3, New Westminster
Like it but the price always changes?
By COMPANI of V5A1S6 (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 4:55pm [Take-out]

It's good food but every time I go in there the price changes, even though I'm buying the same thing every time! I don't mind paying for a tip but I don't appreciate it changing every single time. It started like this: $5 bucks, $5.50 the next, $6.12 then $7.50, then $6 bucks...after awhile I got annoyed and just stopped going. The last review I did for this place was "reported" and I didn't write anything negative.

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