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Eve-L NWNew Westminster,Since February 19, 201011 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Terminal Pub, The115 12th St, New Westminster
Delicious food, great new decor.
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

I like the choice of pubs in New West, there is something for every taste. There’s cheap and reliable like the Duck or the Moonrakers, the Heritage Grill with its live music every night, and there is the more “upscale”, newly renovated Old Terminal Pub.

The Old Terminal has the type of food you’d expect to find in a pub: burgers, sandwiches, appies, etc, but also offers more creative dishes such as a pulled pork poutine (which is actually quite delicious). When I went, I had the spicy green beans (which aren’t really spicy but are still very good). Some of the people I was with had the nachos and they looked phenomenal. The crab dip also looked terrific. Another friend once had the salmon sandwich and said it was great. I can’t wait to try more of what’s on their menu. They have a nice selection of beers at reasonable prices, a good wine selection and quite the drink list.

The service is great. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I definitely have nothing bad to say about the service. Our server said she loved working there and that if she wasn’t working she’d probably just come to hang out anyways. I believe her, she seemed happy and cheerful. She was also quite nice and patient when our slightly drunk party left about 45 minutes after the bar was technically closed…

Value is there. It’s not dirt cheap but it’s not really expensive either. Prices are reasonable.

The ambiance is great. I haven’t been there before the renovations but the place looks really good with nice stone walls and dark hard wood. The place is impeccably clean too. The music is fine, my friends were impressed that they played modern indie rock and things like that. Not really my cup of tea but it did fit well with the atmosphere of the place, and it was not so loud that we’d have to scream at each other. They also have a couple of flatscreen TVs showing different sports.

I will definitely, definitely go back. I am looking forward to it.

Only negative: it closes really early (midnight on a Friday night!!) so get there early to enjoy as much food and drinks as possible.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Good but a bit expensive
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

I have been to Jules a few times.

The place is very cute and I like the brick walls and the piano.

The staff is very pleasant; I have nothing bad to say about the service.

The food is never “bad” but the quality is not consistent. I remember having the mushroom risotto and it was just okay. Another time I had the filet mignon and it is simply the best piece of meat I’ve had in my entire life. The texture and taste were perfect, the sauce was delicious, and we paired it with a great red wine, which made it even more enjoyable. I might note that a friend of mine had the bisque and he said it was delicious. It looked and smelled really good.

Value is so-so, it is a bit expensive for the size of the portions. But it’s a trendy place in a gentrified area so that is to be expected I suppose.

I will go back to Jules, I’m sure. I’ve never been disappointed, but I can’t afford to go there too often.

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King Sushi410 Sixth St, New Westminster
Bad sashimi...
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

King Sushi is a nice looking little place, the restaurant is comfortable and looks reasonably clean (though they have issues with cleanliness according to the health inspections reports).

The service is efficient but never really friendly. Still, they’re not rude and they rarely mess up your order. As with a lot of Japanese places though, you often get your appetizers at the end of your meal.

The food is not very good. The sashimi tastes like fish water, and often you can tell it’s been in the freezer for a while and it has just been unfrozen (some parts in the middle are still frozen). The gomae is weird, they don’t blend the sauce with the spinach and the sesame sauce tastes a bit like melted kraft peanut butter. The rolls are too heavy, there is too much rice.

The prices are reasonable but since the food isn’t very good, it’s not like the value is great.

I –might- give them other chances in the future but I can’t recommend the restaurant. Go to Sushi Paradise on 8th instead. It’s cheaper and much better, and only a few minutes walk away.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Pretty good Indian food
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

I went there with a good friend. It is her favourite restaurant.

I thought the restaurant looked very nice, but it was a bit on the dark side, I like to see what I eat. Otherwise the ambiance was good.

The service was impeccable when I went. The server was very nice, attentive and polite and on the friendly side. Nothing bad to say about the service. The speed was decent. They were also more than willing to accommodate my friend with a vegan version of the naan.

The food was good, but if I was to go back, I wouldn’t get the same thing I ordered last time. I had the fish masala. It was not bad, but my friend’s dish (some green beans in an unusual sauce) was better and I would order that or some other vegetarian plate if / when I go back.

Value was good.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
My favourite sushi in metro Vancovuer
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

I used to live a few blocks away from Zipang and I must say I somewhat miss it now that I’ve moved away.

The restaurant is small but I like the Bauhaus inspired eclectic décor. The music isn’t annoying either, which is good. The place is also clean and their health inspection reports prove it!

When I used to go many times a week, the service was quite good, I even went out for a drink with one of the girls that worked there once. She was friendly and obviously new in town and I think she was looking for friends. She doesn’t work there anymore though. The rest of the staff has always been professional and polite, and sometimes even friendly. It can take a while to get your food though, so unless you go at odd hours, you should not be in a hurry.

The food… *drools*. It’s the best sushi I’ve ever had. Simple, yet creative. Always fresh. Exquisite presentation. Good selection as well. Everything I’ve had there was above average compared to all other sushi places in the area, and all of the ones I’ve tried downtown (though I obviously haven’t tried them all, so I can’t say it’s “the” best in Vancouver. It certainly is the best –I’ve- had. All the rolls, the sashimi and the nigiri are fresh and delicious. The cooked food is excellent as well. You can skip the desert though… I took my parents there and my mom still has fond memories of Zipang.

Value. Well, it’s a little bit pricy compared to most sushi places on Main, but it’s also much better. I think it’s not overpriced but neither is it cheap. I’ve always felt I’ve gotten what I paid for, but people used to cheap sushi might find it a bit on the expensive side.

Make a reservation if you can, or get there early! It has gotten really popular. When I lived there, it had just opened and it was almost always empty because no one knew it existed. That has radically changed (good for them! Well deserved!)

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Nice food and restaurant, okay value.
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

The Water Street Café is a solid place. I went there the first time with someone who is extremely picky, so when he chose to take us there, we knew it was going to be good. My subsequent visit was with my parents and they really enjoyed it, even my mother who is also very picky.

The ambiance is nice, quiet and you have a nice view of the steam clock. Sometimes though, I feel kind of bad to see the homeless people outside while I’m sipping on my nice wine, but that’s everywhere in downtown Vancouver, I guess, especially Gastown. If I remember correctly, the music was classical (piano) and it was not too loud.

The service is good, the server was helpful in suggesting what wine to pair with our meals and he was very polite.

The food is pretty basic but perfectly cooked, well presented, the ingredients are obviously fresh and of good quality and the portions are good as well. Both times I went, everyone was entirely satisfied. The wine selection is very good too.

Value is okay. It’s a little bit on the pricey side but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it’s overpriced. It’s fair for the quality of the ingredients, especially in that area. My parents, who paid for the meal the second time I went, thought the price matched the quality of the food and the portions.

I would recommend the Water Street Café. Don’t expect anything overly creative but you can count on quality, fresh ingredients, decent prices, a good wine list and polite service.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
Cheap but not great.
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I’ve been to Ki Sushi so many times… I don’t go in quite as much now since I’ve read their health inspection reports and since I’ve discovered Sushi Paradise (across from Century House), but I still go now and then. I guess the familiarity keeps me coming back.

The ambiance is alright. The place isn’t very clean and some parts would really need to be cleaned up. There is no music, which I appreciate (I love music but restaurants, trying to please as many people as possible, will often go with unbearably dull music… I just prefer silence to that). The fountain at the entrance is kind of cool, the fishies are cute, though I always find it ironic that they’re swimming next to the sushi bar…

Service is alright, I can see how some people might find the servers rude, but they’re fast and efficient for sure. For me, as a former regular, they recognize me and they’re usually plenty friendly. Some more than others. The delivery guy is also very nice. The only thing is you might get some of the appetizers after the sushi. It’s only a minor annoyance.

The food… Ugh, it’s decent. I’ve had so much better elsewhere. It doesn’t always taste the freshest either, but that said, I’ve never been sick eating there, and as I mentioned I’ve been there MANY times. They use a lot of mayo and some of the rolls fall apart when you pick them up with your chopsticks. The skin on the unagi is always a little gross. Their tempura is slightly too greasy and I always end up eating the vegetable and leaving most of the batter (I almost never order it). They have okay udon and my friend was impressed with the inari. She said it’s the best she’s ever had. It’s true that it’s quite good. The gyoza is passable. The wakame and gomae are good. I’ve had their tuna tataki once and I really liked it, the sauce they serve with it was really good. Their miso soup is standard (if slightly lacking in flavour) but I wish they’d put nori in it.

Value is good, it’s very cheap. You get what you pay for though. Unlike Sushi Paradise where it’s really cheap for really good and fresh food.

I’ll go back because the location is convenient but I can’t recommend it too strongly. If you’re in the area and want cheap sushi, go, but don’t make a special trip for it.

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Thirsty Duck, The606 12th Street, New Westminster
Honest and consistent
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

The thirsty duck is decent; I think that would be the best word to describe it.

The ambiance is okay, typical for that type of neighborhood dive-ish establishment. It’s unpretentious. The music is what you’d hear on typical radio with some rock and some pop. Not my cup of tea but it fits well with the ambiance and it’s not overly loud or annoying. The décor is like most sports pubs of the type, it’s quite alright.

The service is usually friendly, but not consistently. Some servers are definitely nicer than others and if you complain, they may take it the wrong way. I’ve never personally had a problem with any of the staff there but someone I once went with did. But overall the service is satisfying.

The food is okay, the chicken wings are good and cheap, I have heard nice things about their pizza and last time I went, my friends had the burgers and they seemed decent. Their nachos are quite good. I’ve also had their mushroom neptunes (mushroom caps stuffed with cream cheese and crab). They’re quite good but you KNOW they’re really bad for you. Overall, the Duck offers cheap, honest pub food. The beer is also on the cheap side, which is nice.

Value is good, the food is extremely cheap, especially the daily specials, and the beer is reasonably priced.

I like the Duck and I certainly plan on coming back, you get what you pay for and you know what to expect. It’s nothing great but it’s consistently okay.

Oh, forgot to mention, it looks a bit dingy but it’s actually quite clean.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Incredibly overrated.
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

The Foundation is SO incredibly overrated.

The atmosphere sucks. The hip-hop music is aggressive and loud, I don’t know if I’d hate it in another context but it’s wrong in a restaurant context. The quotes on the wall aren’t “charming” they’re cliché and taken out of context. I have a socialist streak so it’s not like I disagree with the quotes themselves, or think they’re stupid, it’s just that to me, painting them in big letters on the wall screams “Look at me, I’m an intellectual!”. The place isn’t very clean either and the furniture is annoying.

The food is not bad but it’s overrated. I’ve had much better vegetarian food elsewhere. I’ve tried two dishes there and both times it was swimming in oil. And kind of rancid oil, too! The flavours themselves weren’t too bad, but nothing special either. I can make better food myself and I hate to cook so… But to be fair, it’s not terrible. Just very average. The famous nachos mentioned below are okay but often burned. Are vegetarians really that ignorant about taste? I think not, I have a vegan friend and her cooking is very good.

The service, as mentioned by other reviewers, is abysmal. It takes forever for them to acknowledge you when you walk in the door, then once you’re seated, it takes forever to get menus. Then you wait some more for water, then for them to take your order, and then, you wait even longer for the food to get there. I understand that they’re busy (the restaurant is full of masochist hipsters who apparently like average food served late by unfriendly servers) but there’s no reason why a pasta dish that should take about 20 minutes to make takes over 50 minutes to get to your table. Especially since I noticed it had been sitting next to the kitchen for at least 15 minutes. The staff is inattentive and unfriendly. One server seemed nice one time I went, but she wasn’t the one serving us.

Value is good, I will give them that. You get decent portions for the price and the ingredients are healthy, so you can fill up your tummy with healthy food for not much. That is the only thing about the foundation that is even remotely worth the reputation it gets.

I might give it another try in the future but I’m not sure. If the service was good and the music was decent, I could probably deal with the average food that takes forever to come, but it’s certainly not the case…

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Sushi Paradise780 Princess St, New Westminster
Favourite Sushi in New West
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

I eat a lot of sushi, I always joke that I’m probably going to die of mercury poisoning (I have a bad sense of humour…). I live downtown New West (near Columbia St.) so I didn’t even know this place existed for the longest time. I used to get my cheap sushi fix at Ki Sushi but I wasn’t fully satisfied. And then I saw their health report and I thought “Now is the time to find a new sushi place in New West…” and while I was looking at the health inspection reports, I noticed this place and that it was always clean, according to the inspections. So I decided it was safe for me to try it and boy, was I in for a nice surprise!

The place is small but somewhat inviting. It’s more of a take-out place, which is great because it keeps their overhead low and their food cheap. I am getting somewhat tired of the music, it’s always the same CD and in an hour I can hear the songs about two or three times each… At least it’s not too loud or aggressive, but I wish they’d change it now and then.

The service is good. You order at the counter and the tea and water is self-service, but the staff is always extremely friendly and they do come and check to see if you’re enjoying your food. That’s fine by me, and it’s plenty of attention for a place that’s mainly a take-out place.

The food is DELICIOUS. The sushi is relatively basic but the fish is always fresh, never feels like it’s just been unfrozen, and never feels like it’s been sitting on the counter for a little bit too long. It’s consistently delicious. I’ve tried a few of their rolls (my vegan friend LOVED the yum yam roll, which unlike most sushi places, doesn’t have deep fried yam in it, just cooked yam!), their nigiri and their sashimi and it’s always very good. Their udon is also good and the presentation is nice. I’ve also had their tofu and their eel donburi and they were also excellent. The miso soup has nori in it, which you’d expect is standard but a few other places don’t have it. The gomaee is very good too.

Value is amazing. Everything is cheap. It costs the same as Ki Sushi, only the quality is a hundred times better. If you order the appetizer sashimi, you'll likely get more pieces of fish than what is written on the menu, and the presentation is very nice.

I go there quite often and I definitely recommend it, at least get take out if you don’t like the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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Pattaya406 6 St, New Westminster
Very good food and service
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

I decided to try Pattaya because I had a taste for Thai food, it is conveniently close to where I live, and they passed all of their health inspections. I was not disappointed, to say the least.

As mentioned by other reviewers, the place is tiny and doesn’t look like much from outside, but it is warm and inviting inside. (Only problem I found with the ambiance is that the strobe light they have outside reflected on the window and it was annoying me. I guess I could’ve just say to face the other way…) The place is also very clean and well maintained.

The service is simply outstanding, not terribly fast but not too slow either. But always remarkably attentive and friendly. It really does feel like they are happy that you’re there.

The food is very good. I must admit I’ve only ever tried to pad thai and the tofu swimming rama, but they were both excellent. I always want to have an appetizer but I never order one because I know I won’t be able to eat it all. I guess it’s good to go with people you can share food with.

Value is good, I don’t remember exactly what the prices are so I’m guessing it’s neither overprices nor incredibly cheap. It’s definitely on the affordable side.

Overall it is one of my favourite restaurants in New West and I should probably go more often. People should go there instead of Hon’s and King Sushi which are both right next door… The service is better, and so is the food and it’s cleaner too.

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