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doughgirlNew WestminsterSince April 15, 200745 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food4 (3.8)
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Displaying 21 - 40 of 45 Reviews Found
Village Pub7725 Champlain Crescent, Vancouver
Place for a Company Christmas Party
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 7:15am [Dine in]

Having never (over 20 working years) experienced a company Christmas Party in a pub, and having only gone to the odd pub for a 'pub burger' and beer with friends, I was sceptical about Tuesday (15th) night's la fête de Noël at "The Village Pub". But, it worked (no pun intended).
The pub is located in a very small commercial complex, amongst, what on a dark evening, seemed like a forest. Our group of 13 entered this relaxing, intimate setting, which inside the pub, thanks to a co-worker's party planning efforts, seemlessly turned into an experience that could have been hosted by Fezziwig himself.
I was very pleasantly surprised by my turkey dinner choice. The portion was generous, tasty, and appropriately priced. Our server's attention, despite the party chaos, was outstanding. She briskly weaved herself amonst our self-absorbed revelry to refill drinks and prompt us for our dinner requests.
The woman in Santa-like attire who seemed to be there to promote karaoke, sang a couple songs in the background and briefly circulated amongst us, exchanging brief commentary in the style of a professional show host.
Our party occupied about half the pub (and drew all the attention of the regulars). If your workplace is nearby, as ours is (North Fraser Way, Burnaby), and you are a small group, as we were, I suggest you give this place a try.

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Spring Garden Chinese Seafood Restaurant832 12th St., New Westminster
Great New Westminster Choice for Dim Sum & Dinner
Submitted Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 12:45am [Dine in]

New Westminster, please welcome this 'new kid on the [12th Street] block'. It replaces "Lucky King Seafood Restaurant", which changed its name and moved to Vancouver.

"Spring Garden" is easily accessible by public transit and my husband & I always find parking in front of, or behind, the restaurant. During our first visit (of what is at least half a dozen visits now) my husband recognized the usual hostess/server from another Chinese restaurant in Burnaby that he frequents too. The familiar face belongs to Janice who is friendly and attentive. She speaks Chinese & English. Her husband is one of the kitchen staff. Sometimes he helps Janice serve customers. He has a big smile and likes to ask how we are enjoying our meals before hurrying back to the kitchen.

My husband & I have tried and were very pleased with "Spring Garden"'s "Hot & Sour Soup", "Congee", "Pan Fried Chive with Shrimp Dumplings", among other dishes. My dessert favorite is "Deep Fried Sesame Seed Flour Balls".

The restaurant is clean & has a bright atmosphere.

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Lucky King Seafood Restaurant832 12th St, New Westminster
Wonderful Dim Sum Option
Submitted Monday, September 28, 2009 - 11:56am [Dine in]

This restaurant is fairly new to its New Westminster neighborhood. That is the only reason my husband & I can think why it is not busier than it is. We visit about a couple of times a month and have never left unhappy. This past Sunday, a beautiful sunny first Sunday of Fall, we drove on the new, & continuing to be improved, 12th Street to this bright & clean restaurant, which is also easily accessible by public transit.
We enjoyed a Dim Sum breakfast consisting of "Crystal Prawn Dumplings (Har Gow)", "Pan Fried Pork with Chive Pot Stickers", "Deep Fried Sesame Seed Flour Balls", "Rice Flour Rolls with BBQ Pork", "Deep Fried Tofu with Peppery Salt", & "Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket Greens". The very attentive and friendly staff, who speak English as well as Chinese, promptly took our order and soon began delivering the items to our table. We probably ordered one dish too many for the two of us, but everything was so good, we managed to finish it. The bill was around $20.
There are plenty of empty tables and they are waiting for you!

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Risty's Cafe and Sushi Bar8542 Granville St., Vancouver
Emphasis on SUSHI
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 11:18am [Dine in]

I think the name of this restaurant should have been changed to "Risty's SUSHI and Cafe Bar". I have tried items from both the 'Japanese' menu as well as the 'Canadian' menu. After about half a dozen visits since the restaurant's 'makeover', which has resulted in a very stylish interior, my fellow dining guests & I have been consistently pleased with the various items we tried from the 'Japanese' menu. I think the Japanese food here is worth my making the effort to travel from New Westminster to Marpole.
However, on one visit I tried a burger because I wanted to know how the non-Japanese food would be, and I was very disappointed. I tried a burger that came with processed cheese even though I told the server that I did not want processed cheese. With my burger I opted for 'pan-fried potatoes' that I found tastless and greasy.
Please, go for the JAPANESE food only and take your time picking from the plentiful, wonderful variety.

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Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery6345 120 Street, #112, Delta
Tea Room for Spring
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Though this morning began looking & feeling like the season's first real Spring day, Mother Nature's seemingly neverending snow shower performances, as witnessed just 3 days ago, leaves one suspecting that this day could end up being just another 'fake' one. To my surprise, it was the real thing. Also surprising was this shop's appearance, which seemed to shout to my sister & I that "Yes! Spring is here!". We arrived around 10:30 a.m., opened the door to the shop to pass through an area displaying napkins, tea towels, & soaps, and breathed in a most delicious aroma of baked goods. A bakery counter is located directly across from the entrance. Turn to your right to set your sights on the delightful 'tea room'. The tablecloths are in Easter egg shell colors such as yellow & pink. On each table is a china tea cup & saucer set that looks like none of the others. The furnishings could have been found in antique shops or at garage sales. The decor seems to have a magical, make-believe quality.
It took us a few minutes to pick from the lengthy list of teas for our first "high tea" experience at this establishment. All the food items served on the 'high tea trays' seemed fresh and provided good variety. (Fresher & possibly of a better quality than I have experienced at other shops.) The staff were friendly. From one of the owners we learned that the shop is 15 years old.
Heading out, we passed the bakery counter again, and continued into a gift shop area. I had no trouble spending $100.00 there.
We plan to be back.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
10-minutes from New Westminster
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

My husband & I arrived at this 'Hong Kong style cafe' shortly after 9:00 a.m., when it opens. It is well-lit and bright despite being enclosed in a mall. We were promptly seated and supplied with glasses of Chinese tea. We ordered from the limited (compared to cafes that we visited in Richmond) 'breakfast menu'. However, what is listed on the menu is just a fraction of what is actually available. Each of us had a choice of "dinner roll" or "toast", eggs (made as you like) and served with ham, bacon, or pork cutlet, etc., soup with beef brisket or chicken (or other items), and tea or coffee, which we had mixed (one drink each of tea AND coffee). I had my eggs 'sunny side up' and thought they were DELICIOUS. I also thought the tea/coffee drink was one of the best blends that I had ever had. Our bill was just under $15.00 in total and we could not even finish all the food that we received. I am so thrilled that a 'Hong Kong style cafe', like this one, exists just a 10-minute drive from my home in New Westminster.

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True Confections3701 W. Broadway, #6, Vancouver
Cake, pie, and more cake & pie!
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

After a walking and talking in the sun and chilly wind along Spanish Banks, a couple friends, my husband, & I headed to this nearby (by car) location. It was the early afternoon of the year's first Saturday of Spring. Our cheerfulness continued upon entering the restaurant and promptly being greeted and seated. We enjoyed 'single' servings of "Banana Cream Pie" (which contains actual banana slices and is extremely difficult to find in a restaurant setting), "Boston Cream" (not as exciting to me as in doughnut form, but pleasant enough), and "Dark Chocolate Belgian Mousse" (I thought this had an 'expensive taste' and is probably an offering that would justify the cake/pie prices to someone who thinks the restaurant's prices are 'high'). 2 of us also enjoyed cups of "Mighty Leaf" teas (a brand that makes its teas in 'silk' pouches). Throughout our visit our server attended to us regulary and courteously. We left as happy as we had arrived.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House7310 120th Street, Unit 110, Surrey
What's Cookin'? Pannekoeken!
Submitted Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Early this "Remembrance Day" morning, 3 family members & I met at this "Strawberry Hill" location. It was a first time visit for all of us to a "Pannekoek House". We were promptly seated & greeted in this bright & friendly decorated restaurant with fresh flowers on the tables. I pointed out 2 large clocks on a wall: one indicated the time locally, ("Surrey"), and the other the time in Amsterdam. Our minds made a transcontinental shift from early morning 'here' to early evening 'there'.
It took us a long time to place our order because we had trouble chosing from the HUGE selection of items on it. My husband tried a "Simple Simon" burger, my Mother a "Spinach Bene", my sister "The Windmill" (which she devoured in minutes), and I had a "Hash" pannekoek. I could not eat all of my 'pannekoek' and I reheated it hours later at home. I still found it to be delicious. We had a lot of fun sharing an order of "Bitter Ballen" too.
We all think this restaurant is a great option for breakfast.

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Rikka Japanese Kitchen28 8th Street, New Westminster
Japanese? Yes, Please!
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Tonight my husband & I tried this recent addition to the Downtown New Westminster area. Though we were seated promptly, we did wait a LONG time for our Dinner Special orders of "Beef Teriyaki" and "Tofu Teriyaki". But, we did not mind because we knew there was only one person working, plus, when we did eventually see the enormity & beauty of our orders, we thought that the price we were asked to pay for them was ridiculously low. (We happily left a 30% tip.)
My husband & I particularly enjoyed our salads, teriyakis, and soups. We were very impressed by how little rice was used for the Nigiri pieces. I really liked the tea too - it seemed to be stronger than the tea usually served in Japanese restaurants.
We WILL be back.

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Pho Maxima Restaurant822 Twentieth Street, New Westminster
Great Vietnamese in New Westminster
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

My first visit to this restaurant was this past Thursday night. My husband & I had a choice of anywhere to sit and, though it was close to closing, a couple more tables filled after we placed our order.
I really enjoyed the delightfully fresh-tasting "Grilled Chicken Salad Roll", and "Soda Lemonade in Ice" that, thankfully, was not like a typical 'soda pop' at all. I finished my husband's "House Special Beef Noodle Soup" and couldn't swallow the broth fast enough.
What a great addition to the list of restaurants that my husband & I like to frequent in New Westminster.

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Spoons Cafe & Grill3871 North Fraser Way, #17, Burnaby
New (& improved)
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

This cafe is newly occupying unit #17 since Friday, August 15. I highly recommend visitors to the previous cafe to try out "Spoons"! The menu is different and offers some unique items. I tried the "Veggie & Swiss" burger today. It was lovely - the veggie patty had a delicate crispiness to it. It was dressed with a small amount of grilled onions, and served on a sesame seed bun.
The tables now all have tablecloths on them, and the cutlery is new. The staff seem eager to please. Prices all include GST now too, so no more hunting for pennies!

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Gino's Restaurant431 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Renovation, hesitation, but the result is supreme satisfaction!
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

This past hot Summer Saturday evening, my husband & I decided to dine out at "Gino's". Our previous visits to the restaurant were before the current owners took over and renovated, and we feared changes might have happened for the worse. We stepped inside, and the first thing I thought about was a server that my husband & I really liked and who had served us here for years. Pessimistically I thought, "they probably renovated her too". Wrong! Right away she saw us and we happily greeted each other.
After we took our seats, I looked around. I think the decor has been elegantly modernized. The worn seatings have been replaced, and the new overall dark brown tones give the dining area a sophisticated feel.
I had pizza with ham & pineapple, and my husband had an "extra-cut" of prime rib. I thought the pizza was as it always was: great. My husband was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the meat & how it was prepared. He thinks the $21.50 asking price for his meal is excellent value. Also, we both noticed a huge improvement to the quality of the garlic bread. It now actually contains bits of garlic!
The one negative aspect to our dining experience was that it really was a warm evening and the restaurant's interior was not air-conditioned. However, there is no doubt in our minds that we will return.

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Panos Greek Taverna654 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Thank goodness, my experience was different!
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 10:07am [Dine in]

After reading the previous review, I feel very fortunate that my experience at "Panos" was so pleasant!
My husband, in-laws, & myself dined at "Panos" last night, around 6:30 p.m.. It was a Tuesday, if that means anything to anyone. Our hostess & server graciously offered us our choice of many tables upon our arrival and had a friendly & efficient manner when taking our orders & serving our meals.
I had the larger of the two 'appetizers for 2' because I wanted to try a little bit of 'everything' on this, my first visit. WOW. I was very happy with the quality of the items. I am used to more of a 'kick' when I eat hummus, but I had no trouble devouring it here. I definitely want to return.

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Pantry Restaurant, The425 6th Street, New Westminster
Best Burgers in Uptown New West
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:36am [Dine in]

While considered a "family" restaurant, often this location is filled with mainly adult patrons. This late morning the atmosphere was, for a Saturday, surprisingly more 'adult-oriented' than 'family-oriented'.
My husband and I enjoyed our quiet visit seated in one of the restaurant's many high-backed booths, a design that seems to suggest a sense of intimacy & privacy. The restaurant is decorated in dark brown wood and cinnamon colors.
The "Cracked Pepper, BBQ Bacon Burger" (with fries) is my favorite menu item. I enjoy the 'skillets' and omelettes too.
I find the service is generally very good. Enjoy!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
best night here so far
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2007 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

My husband & I are addicted to this restaurant. Tonight was one of the most amazing visits we have ever had.
We arrived around 6:00 p.m.. It being a Friday and we had not made reservations, we did not know if we would be able to get a table.
"Table for 2?", I asked while my husband waited outside at the parking meter machine, ready to drop coins into it depending on what I would report back to him. Turned out we could be seated right away! I stepped outside to give my husband a 'thumbs up'.
We were swiftly seated at a table that was large enough for 4 people. Lots of elbow room! We knew what we each wanted to order, provided the server with our requests, and were eating within 15 minutes or so. 'Perfectly' prepared sirloin, halibut, and Alaskan crab legs, in 15 minutes??! Yes! Doesn't usually happen (at this, our location of choice), but tonight it did. A hostess later explained that when the restaurant is expected to be busy, it is typically "overstaffed". And, it wasn't that busy (yet), hence the service.
Dessert was the sumptuous "sourdough bread pudding" - one shared serving with ice cream, which was melting from the 'pudding''s heat.
7:00 p.m., just an hour after we arrived, we were already heading home. We were very impressed by the visit.

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Crystal Grille6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby
Bountiful Brunch
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

Whenever my husband & I want to enjoy a late Sunday morning, customized, quality meal, in a very pleasant environment, we head to "the Crystal Bar & Grille" within 'the Hilton Hotel', near Metrotown, in Burnaby.
After you step into the hotel's main lobby, walk to your left, take two levels of escalators, then make a sharp right, walk to the end of the hall, past the restrooms, continue left, then at the end of this hall, through an opening to your right is the restaurant and lounge. Ta-da! You have accomplished the hard part!
It is usually Cecilia that greets us - a beautiful, consistently gracious, and friendly hostess. My husband & I prefer to arrive early (before noon) so that we can choose to sit in the lounge or the restaurant (parking is easier to find then too).
Food selection is incredible: from typical breakfast fare that includes eggs (scrambled, benedict, omelette-made-to-order), hash browns, muffins, danish, and breads, to lunch/dinner items - a carving station, seafood, pasta, etc..
There is a huge assortment of salad ingredients, both vegetable & fruit, and several dressing choices.
Desserts would take another review to describe. Seems like a couple tables are required to display them all.
Beverages (as well as 'Champagne' & orange juice ["Tropicana", with pulp!] are included in the approx. $30 per person brunch price.

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New Shanghai City Restaurant7506 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Even if you are not Chinese
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

On busy Edmonds Street, at Mary Avenue, with a bus stop right outside of it, is "Shanghai City Restaurant" (the word "New" seems to no longer be a part of the name). Today my husband (Chinese) & I (European) enjoyed "Pan Fried Dumpling (4)", "Shanghai Style Dumpling (10)", and a sticky rice roll - all repeatedly requested favorites of ours.
I poured a small amount of its accompanying sauce of vinegar and shredded ginger onto the "Shanghai Style Dumpling" and promptly ate one after the other. I found the "Pan Fried Dumpling" exceptionally nice - pork filling surrounded by a light and fluffy bun with a delicate, crispy, golden-brown crusted bottom.
I must pause here to tell you that it is only in the past 5 years (of the soon-to-be 40) of my life that I have eaten 'authentic' Chinese food (that is, non-North Americanized Chinese food) and I think the 'sticky rice roll' is one of the 'best kept secrets' of Asian restaurant cuisine. The Chinese name of this appetizer, phonetically, is "tse fahn". 'Deep-fried shredded pork' and finely chopped Chinese pickles are wrapped inside 'sticky rice', which my husband tells me takes skill to create properly. The cooks at "Shanghai City" seem to get it (and a lot of other items) right!

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Orange Room, The620 6th Street, New Westminster
Good Morning Muffin!
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 11:04am [Dine in]

This cafe's evening lounge look seems out of place at eight o'clock in the morning. But the day starts right for me after I have one of its fresh-baked-daily-on-site muffins.
I have tried muffins from other cafes, restaurants, & grocery stores in the neighborhood and "The Orange Room" is the only eatery that I think makes them right. If you also dislike the, more common, cake-like 'muffins', I do recommend to try a 'quick bread' from "The Orange Room"!

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My Big Fat Greek Cafe3871 Northfraser Way 17, Burnaby
From Pablo to Piroske
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

Walking a few minutes from my workplace, I am at this handy, hardwood floored cafe. Pablo, the dog the previous reviewer mentions, left with the staff who owned the cafe at the time of that review. For the past year a Serbian family (dogless) has been running the cafe.
They introduced to the menu an item called, "Piroske". Despite my European background, I had never heard of it, and even after trying it, I found it difficult to describe an answer to what is probably the most-asked question the owners/cooks get: "What is 'Piroske' [phonetically, 'peeroshkee']?". Simply, it is a combination of chopped vegetables, such as mushrooms & onions, encased in a batter that is deep-fried until crispy brown. After my first bite I thought it was an odd thing to eat. Then I had it a second time and from then on, I was addicted.
Usually 2 "Piroske" are served with salad, but I find them quite filling and the accomodating staff happily provide me with just one.
The cafe also offers "VAN HOUTTE" coffee and I really enjoy the less roasted option of two, "House Blend".
Ah, now I can go back to 'the grind'.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good old fashioned breakfast choice!
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

This fine, summer-like, Sunday morning my husband & I headed over to "The Waffle House" to satisfy my 'eggs & waffle' breakfast preference, and satisfied I was!
We visit this 'New Westminster tradition' about once a month and usually for breakfast, which of the day's 3 meals, I think they do best. The restaurant is bright and you can see to the opposite wall when you stand inside the entrance. Mature patrons and young families seem to be its core clientele.
Sundays are busy days for the restaurant - servers are hussling to and from the kitchen, people are waiting to be seated. My husband & I were promptly seated despite, but we did have to wait an unusual 5 min. for coffee, which is typically poured into the cups already on your table before you even have a chance to take off your coat (or, in today's case, your sunhat).
The waffle and eggs we ordered did arrive after only a few minutes and were perfectly prepared - the poached egg was sumptuously soft, the scrambled eggs - delectably creamy, and the waffle - toasted to a wonderful brown crispness. I highly recommend using the waffles' accompanying butter & syrup sparingly to truly enjoy their texture and taste.
If it is not close enough for you to walk to the restaurant, and you don't drive (or don't want to drive), there is a bus stop right outside serviced by a route that usually runs every 10 minutes.

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