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doughgirlNew WestminsterSince April 15, 200745 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Creamy Tuna Sashimi
Submitted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

We tried the Salmon Tempura Roll, Sunset Roll, and Mango Paradise Roll. All yummy! The kids loved the Takoyaki. My favourite was the tuna sashimi. So creamy!!
We visited before 6 p.m. on a Tuesday. Apparently if you come later, regardless of night, you have to wait for a table.
We received appropriate attention from the server. Our visit was very pleasant.

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White Spot7519 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Too Busy Eating to Write Review
Submitted Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

This is one of the busiest 'White Spot' locations my husband & I have visited. We practically eat at least one daily meal here. (Live & work nearby.) "Good food, great service" are the consistent comments I make on their surveys. I suspect the last review for this location was submitted in 2011, over 5 years ago, because guests are too busy receiving great service and enjoying their meals to write reviews.
The menu goes beyond burgers (which are one of my favorite choices) and makes one of the better waffles I have had compared to those of other restaurants. Our meal substitution requests are accommodated too.
Staff embrace Customer Service as the sole objective. Typically there is more than one host/hostess waiting to seat you so you are either seated right away or have your name recorded promptly. Servers hustle coming and going from tables, but will take time to have a brief chat once at your side.
We order some of the same dishes week after week and their presentation and flavour remains consistent.
The outside eating area is next to fields, conducive to relaxing. We prefer our favourite sections inside this spacious family-friendly restaurant.

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Rockwell's Bar & Grill319 North Road, Coquitlam
Unique Setting for Sunday Brunch
Submitted Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

What a unique setting for Sunday Brunch! My husband & I have eaten at other hotel restaurants for Sunday brunch, but none features an expansive buffet area under skylights in a rain forest-like climate (thanks to the hint of humidity generated by an indoor swimming pool) like this one. And it was only about a 10 minute drive from where we live in Uptown New Westminster.
It wasn't very busy when we arrived shortly after 10 a.m. for our first visit this Sunday, but tables steadily filled as the minutes passed. Our server was attentive, refilling our glasses of water as needed and removing our empty plates. Even with just a partial spoonful of a buffet item your plate fills up fast. You'll have to make a minimum of two trips to the food to try 'everything': salads, cheeses/fruits, hot entrées, carving/omelette station, desserts. For the luxury of food choices and custom portions we paid just $24.95 each. Good, solid value. Period.

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IHOP - International House of Pancakes8170 120th Street, Surrey
Very Well Run Location
Submitted Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

This is a very well run "IHOP" location. My sister & I arrived shortly after 10 a.m. this Sunday morning. The waiting area was so full it extended outside of the restaurant. Yikes. We gave our name for the wait list. A mere 15 minutes later our name was called!
There were many servers and all staff seemed well organized. We received our food within a few minutes of ordering it and probably left about a half hour later. Completely hassle free.
We ordered "Cheese Blintz" and "Raspberry Sweet Cream Cheese Crepes". DEEElicious! Can't get them at any other chain restaurant in the Lower Mainland either.
Note, during peak hours the parking lot fills up quickly so you may have to park outside of it.

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ChongQing8220 120th St, Surrey
Great new location.
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

Visited with a (mainly European) family group today for late lunch/early dinner. We enjoyed everything we ordered. Some dishes surprised us with their spiciness. We received attentive service. This location is beautiful! Try it if you are on Scott Road and looking for a good Chinese meal.

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Denny's500 Austin Ave, Coquitlam
Favourite Location
Submitted Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

It is becoming a habit for my husband & me to visit this restaurant's location near Lougheed Town Centre!
We live in New Westminster and can either head to Burnaby or Coquitlam when we want to eat at a "Denny's", but we prefer the Coquitlam location.
We consider Service "Outstanding" because server attention is not only prompt, but super friendly. The dining area is bright and clean. My favourite dish is the blueberry pancakes because it is the only restaurant I have found that makes its pancakes minimally sweet and uses beautiful plump blueberries in the batter that actually pop like blueberries when you bite on them (as opposed to wondering if you are eating pie filling or whether blueberries were even added to the batter). The pancakes come with eggs (made to your liking), potatoes (shredded or wedges), and your choice of bacon or sausage. It is a lot of food for less than $10!!! The price always surprises me because the food volume easily costs $12 or more in other similar Canadian style breakfast restaurants.

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Okonomi Sushi620 6th Street, New Westminster
Renovated dining area and much better food quality!
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

My husband & I live across the street from this restaurant and over the past couple months we would hear construction sounds at the restaurant in the late evenings. We wondered what was going on and today we discovered the new and improved "Okonomi".
We stopped eating there years ago because service was very poor (long wait time for order) and food quality was barely enjoyable.
We have at eaten at several different sushi restaurants in the Lower Mainland and this restaurant & location has gone from being one of our most disappointing experiences to one of our most pleasantly surprising!
Tonight we selected item 79. BENTO BOX B, 152. PORK KATSU, and 20. MAPLE ROLL (which is offered spicy, but we asked for unspicy).
We decide if a sushi restaurant is good based on the quality and presentation of its raw fish. The fish in the 'complete meal' and roll was so creamy and fresh. Rice portion used to be almost grotesquely out of proportion to the rest of the food at this restaurant, but instead it was neat & tidy in its place - there to support the other items, not be the star attraction.
And putting up with the sound of a saw at 10 o'clock at night was so worth being able to sit at one of the elegant & private booths that replaced the once school cafeteria style tables.
Good job!

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Wild Fig Lounge, The405 North Rd, Coquitlam
Super Sunday Brunch
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2015 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

Enjoy an elaborate Sunday brunch in an elegant & comfortable setting with friendly hurrying servers? Come try this restaurant inside The Executive Plaza Hotel on North Road just blocks away from Lougheed Town Centre and Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain Station. My personal favourite item and that is always offered is the mixed berry sauce for the freshly made waffles. Usually warm fish and meat dishes are available as well as a variety of vegetables. My husband & I often have 'dinner' for breakfast/lunch here. A huge selection of breakfast items is available too. Plus plenty of cold foods and a variety of juices, plus coffee & teas to drink.
Food quality and flavouring are usually 'Outstanding'. Bring about $30 per person to this buffet.

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Gourmet Cup610 6th St, #K4, New Westminster
Disappointing
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 9:58pm [Take-out]

Today I ordered a "Chocolate Orange" hot chocolate from the large display menu above the ordering area, but the attendant who barely spoke English seemed very confused by my request and made me a regular hot chocolate. Though not what I ordered, it was very good.
Unfortunately I had a similar order fulfillment issue when I tried this coffee shop inside Royal City Centre several years ago. At that time I ordered a macha tea and after specifically asking if it was unsweetened and being assured that it was not, I received what turned out to be a macha tea made from presweetened powder. I remember that the attendant that day also could not speak English well.
The menu lists multiple exotic hot beverages, but I am now convinced that the attendants are not familiar with them. Stick to plain coffee, tea, or hot chocolate if you purchase from this mall vendor.

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Castle Neighbourhood Grill, The319 Governors Crt, #101, New Westminster
Wonderful Neighbourhood Restaurant
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

Though we have lived in New Westminster for decades, my husband & I only started visiting 'The Castle' last year. What a delightful find!
The food is amazing. The 'Mini Yorkies' are my husband's favourite. We have had breakfast and dinner there. Freshness and flavour in every bite no matter which dish we try.
It is a bit of a zig zag to find the place. Parking has never been an issue for us.

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Aroma Restaurant and Lounge50 Queens St, Port Moody
Great Saturday Afternoon Find
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

The past beautiful sunny and warm Saturday afternoon my husband & I ended up outside this restaurant just because we were curious as to where the road led. We are from New Westminster where we have a favourite restaurant to patronize for Indian food. We expected the food here to be just as good. It was better!

We enjoyed Garlic Nan, Palak Chicken, Butter Lamb, and Pulao Rice. The flavours were pure and warm. The 'medium' spice of the Palak was a little too spicy for me, but just right for the Butter. My husband commented on the quality of the meat (he loves to cook and eat meat - swears by Sterling Silver Beef).

The host & server was running from guest to guest and the Kitchen doing his gracious best to attend to all.

Delightful find!

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Truffles Fine Foods5151 Oak St, Vancouver
Afternoon Tea
Submitted Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

If you want to experience 'Afternoon Tea' for the first time, do not come here. The service level is missing and the offerings are barely traditional. Our party of 4 was disappointed to not be given a choice of teas and the tea that we did get had a lovely description (black tea infused with lavendar), but was brewed so weakly that I could not detect a flavour. The sandwiches of pulled pork and an Italian sampler were very good, but not even close to traditional in content or appearance. The menu does indicate a croissant divided into portions, but we still found it looking so unfinished on the plate (it was delicious though). And the menu says 'strawberry jam', but we received some kind of a citrus marmalade, which was OK, but so different when you are expecting strawberry! The honey was divine.
The dining area consisted of small, wobbly, aluminum, square tables with chairs in a bright, noise prone cafeteria setting that just wasn't suitable for an 'Afternoon Tea'. We regularly had to find staff to address our requests, possibly due to a busy event going on this Sunday, and I was disheartened to find one helper (can't call her a 'server') just standing near the food display area instead of checking on us and other diners, or circulating the tables for those in need of cleaning. At about $15 per person, 'Afternoon Tea' was quite inexpensive, so I guess you get what you pay for.

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Riverway Clubhouse9001 Bill Fox Way, Burnaby
Stunning!
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

My workplace is located in the (very) South Burnaby area where "Riverway" is located. I generally think of this area (Byrne Road, North Fraser Way to Boundary) as a sprawly, dull, grey business park full of boxy structures that is seriously lacking in social niceties and, if you exclude Market Crossing, offers very limited eating out choices.
So when my husband drove us up Bill Fox Way this past Monday, I had a really hard time believing the beautiful restaurant and type of cuisine advertised on a smart-looking post card that arrived with our mail was at the end of this short road.
However, as we entered the well landscaped parking lot and I set eyes on the building that houses the restaurant, my first thoughts were: "Are we in the Okanagan?" and "Where is the winery?" Wow, I was (very pleasantly) stunned.
We had lunch on the patio, looking at a pond surrounded by golf course lands. To my right were bushes with a pair of bright yellow capped birds flying in and out of them - birds that I think I have never seen in the area, or anyplace else for that matter.
We did wait about half an hour for our meal, which is a little long when you only have an hour for a lunchbreak. However, the "mahi-mahi burger" with fries (potato and yam) was absolutely delicious and well worth the wait. I had the "croque monsieur" with salad, which was good too, but I enjoyed my husband's choice more.
How relaxing! Sitting at this restaurant is truly an experience that everyone in the area should try at least once.

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Cone Zone, The595 6 Street, #1, New Westminster
New place to get ice cream AND gelato in Uptown New Westminster!
Submitted Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

A friend suggested I try this place, which as been open about a month now. 2 other businesses and it replaced what was once the site of "FotoFun".
I paid for a single scoop in a waffle cone and was given 2 scoops. Apparently that's just the way they do things here!
I tried 2 gelato flavours: "Reese's" (with actual [BIG] chunks of "Reese's Peanut Butter Cup" in it) and "Blood Orange". VERY IMPRESSED. Price was right and flavours were OUTSTANDING.
Once more people discover this place, I am sure there will regularly be lineups out the door of this bright, but tiny unit. Welcome to the neighborhood!!

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Inn Noodle House892 Carnarvon Street, #100, New Westminster
Good first try
Submitted Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

My husband & I ate here tonight between 6 and 7:00 p.m.. We ordered "Deep Fried Tofu with Spicy Salt", "Tan-Tan Noodle", and "Beef Tendon with Noodle in Soup". All were beautifully prepared and tasted very good.
The restaurant was fairly quiet, with at most 6 of at least a dozen tables occupied during our visit. It is a deep, narrowlike restaurant. I think it could benefit from large mirrors on the walls to give the illusion of windows (I like lots of windows).
We definitely would go back for the items we tried tonight and likely will try others.

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Coming Home Cafe735 6th Street, New Westminster
BYOBreakfast
Submitted Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

Went here Saturday, April 23rd, for a 9:00 a.m. breakfast. Great time to arrive as my friend & I had the place to ourselves - a half hour later a steady stream of guests began to fill this eclectically decorated, approximately 6-table, eatery.
My friend & I ordered 2 menu items off the menu 'wall' (there were no menu cards). So that we could try each item, we were going to share. To our pleasant surprise, the cook/host served us each a plate of half a blueberry waffle and half an order of eggs benny. Presentation was beautiful, with attention to garnishing. Plus, the butter was already spread on the waffle and melted by the time the plate came to me, which is exactly how I like to eat a waffle. (I tipped very generously because of this.)
They offer something called a "BYOBreakfast". Its their way of inviting you to "Build Your Own Breakfast", without your doing any of the cooking yourself. They also offer gluten-free bread. Come here for breakfast or lunch (not open for dinner).
When I return, I plan to eat outside on the sidewalk patio. The cooking smells are quite strong - I had to change and take a shower after my visit. But compared to the neighbouring restaurants, the quality of the food, cooking, and presentation is outstanding and very competitively priced.

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Royal City Thai634 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Must visit for Thai in New Westminster
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

I could not eat my order of "Yellow Curry" fast enough. Mm, mm, good!
I have had this type of dish in other Thai restaurants as it is a favourite for me, but I don't recall it being prepared with such generous and delicious pieces of chicken and so little potato (compared to generous potato and little chicken). I found the sauce super delicious and very appetite stimulating too.

I noticed that even when they were busying themselves with non-direct-customer-attending-tasks, the servers always kept an eye on me & my husband and hurried right over at the slightest possibility that we needed them. I found their conduct suggestive of a more higher end (and higher priced) restaurant.

I thought my order at $9.50 was typically priced and affordable. I am really surprised that only about 3 tables were occupied and possibly 3 times that many were empty. We visited on a Friday night too.

The restaurant interior is a little too dark for my liking, but what an elegant & stunning transformation from the "Royal City Cafe", which occupied the location for decades previously. I had the same impression when I first walked into "Tamarind Hill" (Uptown New West). "Tamarind Hill" replaced a cafe.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
"Solid"
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 10:03am [Dine in]

4 of us decided to try this restaurant's location because it is close to where 2 of us live in North Vancouver. Reviews seemed to mainly be favorable too, and, I had a gift certificate.
At about 15 minutes after the restaurant's late Saturday morning opening of 11:30 a.m., we secured a parking spot with a small tree directly outside the restaurant's entrance. Super convenient. Finding the restaurant was easy too.
A hostess was not immediately present to greet us, but when she did arrive, she was friendly. I was impressed by the large, sprawling restaurant layout. The place was practically empty and this suited us fine because we deliberately wanted to visit when the restaurant would be less busy.
Our server was friendly, attentive, and offered some helpful suggestions. We tried the "Seafood Sirloin", "Keg Clubhouse", one of the burgers, and I had the "Grilled Chicken & Seafood". We also tried some alcoholic beverages: cocktails and beer. I had what I think was an organic lager that the server recommended. I can't remember the beer's name, but I thought it was very nice.
I asked around the table and the resounding feedback to everyone's meal was "it's OK, but nothing special". I have some details about my meal though.
I really liked the shrimp & lobster meat in the "Grilled Chicken & Seafood". I found the chicken a bit dry, which is in contrast to its menu description of "juicy". The amount of and size of asparagus was far too small for my liking - I didn't even notice it until I was halfway through my plate. My meal also came with bright green pea pods and a small amount of peas. I thought the peas & pods made the dish look very attractive. I really enjoyed the peas, but the pea pods not so much.
I liked the "white wine terragon cream sauce" too. The "roasted garlic mashed potatoes" sold me on choosing the dish. I would have enjoyed them a bit more if they were in a smaller portion and more 'creamy'.
Though 2 of us are dessert freaks, none of us had room for it.
Meal pricing seems typical to other similar type restaurants. Our bill was around $110.

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Denny's5605 Kingsway, Burnaby
"Ultimate Benny" & "The Meat Lover's Trio"
Submitted Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

This sunny Saturday morning my husband & I were in the Metrotown area and decided to go for breakfast at this Denny's location.
We arrived around 9:30. We stepped into the restaurant to see it buzzing with customers. A few people seemed to be waiting to be seated. I thought we would have a bit of a wait before our turn, but a server promptly took us to a clean, vacant table.
The menus offered ample meal choices. When I read 'avocados' and 'peppers' (favorite ingredients of mine) listed for the "Ultimate Benny", I knew what I wanted. I was also happy to see that I could choose between a full order and a half order. My husband enjoyed "The Meat Lover's Trio". It could not have taken more than 7 minutes for another server to bring our meals.
While we ate we noticed an attentive waiter's assistant gently moving throughout the restaurant, promptly removing dirty dishes. Once we emptied our plates, he came to our table and politey took them away.
I used the washroom to wash my hands and found it supplied and clean.
We have been to this location before and today's visit confirms why we keep coming back.

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Sushi Tang546 6th Street, New Westminster
Hello New Management!
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

Recently I received a beautiful flyer from this not-so-new-restaurant now under new management. Tonight my husband & I decided to give it a try for dinner. When we stepped in the door, George & Harry (featured in the flyer) and a server gave us a cheery hello. They were no less enthusiastic greeting everyone else that walked in the door after us.
I tried the "Salmon-Box", my husband the "Tuna-Box", and both of us the "Gyoza". The "Miso Soup" was one the best we ever had. Everything tasted great. Throughout our visit the staff regularly asked us how we were enjoying our meals. I really got the impression that they cared about whether or not we were happy with our food and that if we were not, they were going to make things better.
The restaurant's interior is casually bright with lovely decorations.

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