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joecatNew WestminsterSince October 30, 20079 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (4.1)
  • Service4 (3.9)
  • Value4.5 (4.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House403 North Road, #302, Coquitlam
Good pho
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

It's difficult to compare pho places as I find both the food, service, value and ambiance so simiilar among most places.

This one had lots of meat and noodles in the small pho. Both the steak and tendon were very tender. The noodles were slightly softer then I prefer them. The Thai basil and bean sprouts were very fresh. The one down side for me is that the garnish included lemon - my preference is for lime.

The broth was light and not greasy. I'm not sure this place chars their beef bones as long, as I prefer slightly more caramel flavours in the broth, but it is very delicately flavoured, the anise and cinnamon still present, served with lots of cilantro, and most importantly, lightly salted - I find too many places has overly salted broth.

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Cito Espresso116 Davie Street, Vancouver
Outstanding coffee
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

I had a macchiato (my usual coffee drink). The espresso shot was outstanding - short and intense. My friend didn't want to splurge on an espresso drink and decided on drip coffee. She sipped it and her eyes lit up at how good it was. We both complimented the barista before we left. The Starbucks across the street needs to watch out.

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Raging Bean Cafe1239 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Excellent coffee
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

This is one of the few places in town that you can get a really good espresso.
I've only been here twice, and had a macchiato (my usual coffee drink). The espresso shot was outstanding - short and intense. She knows how to make a good coffee -- in a macchiato, the coffee can't hid behind the 8 ounces of milk and sugar.

I said to the owner that it was the best coffee I have had outside Italy. She thought that was a great compliment.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
A comment about value
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

I really do feel that the chocolates, pastries and desserts here deserve 5 stars for value.

If you buy the chocolates individually, you can get it in a cellophane bag for $1.05 per piece. If you get them gift boxed, they are around $1.50/$2 per piece. Compare this to other fine chocolate shops that charge $2 per piece regardless.

The desserts are $5.25 each, but soar above the 'gourmet' desserts you get in the supermarket for $3-4. They are small, they are so delicious a single bite is satisfying. Yes, paradoxically, I both want more and am satisfied.

The croissants are flaky, not greasy, and melt in your mouth. For $2.25, where others charge $2 for something that is only shaped like a croissant. For $2.50, you can get the almond croissant -- topped with sliced almonds and filled with MARZIPAN! If you want to splurge, try the double baked almond croissant.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
New West needed this place!
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

My (large) family goes to Lakeview, when they just need to get fed decent food for cheap, but this place is a nice place to celebrate birthdays, or even just for a nice dinner for my boyfriend and I.

We like to start with an order of roti canai, the wonderful Malaysian flatbread, served with a spicy sauce. It is tender, and slightly chewy and sweet.

The prices are average, and the dishes are a little smaller than average, but I like that -- you can order 2 dishes for 2 without getting too full. The dishes range from $9-14 (?), and are beautifully presented.

I like to get the sayur lemur (mixed vegetables in a mild curry) to ensure I get my daily vegetable intake, and then a meat dish. The lamb curry has tender lamb in a very flavourful curry. The Hainese chicken has the bones removed.

The place is nicely decorated, with low lighting, candles or oil lights at each table, dark wood, and deep reds.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
Now called Ki -- to distinguish it from the Chinese restaurant called Kirin
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

A nice and popular place right across from New Westminster skytrain station.
We had the dinner for two, and everything was great quality. I loved the variety. It comes with miso soup, sunomono, tempura, chicken karaage, sashimi, nigiri, maki rolls and ice cream. You also get a choice of oyster motoyako and chawan mushi, so we ordered one of each.
I've also had take out from here several times.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good home cooking
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

This place is run by a local New Westminster family (as far as I know anyway -- they used to live next door to my boyfriend's family!)

I like their large plate sized thin waffles, but last time I was there, had the turkey sandwich, and it was wonderful -- real turkey breast (not that sliced deli meat) and cranberry sauce. It was delicious!

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Hi Dozo Sushi702 6th Avenue, New Westminster
The Love Boat
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

We come here an order the "Love Boat" for special occasions. (A special occasion may simply mean getting though a tough week.)
The Love Boat is a sashimi boat for 2. Miso and sunomono, with generous shrimp to start, and then the boat comes, which always has a large, and varying selection of sashimi. Tuna and salmon are standard, but I love it because we don't know we might get -- toro, or other types of tuna, ebi, scallop, or octopus, or several other possibilities, but always fresh and delicious. A California roll and spicy tuna roll round out the boat. For a group of 3 or 4 I would recommend getting the boat, with some extra miso soups, and then some hot dishes to finish.

When we come in the off hours (e.g. a really late lunch), often, they will offer a small snack for us to try. For example, last time, we got 2 pieces of inari to try.

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Kasuga Sushi Japanese Restaurant521 6th Ave, New Westminster
A pleasant place to dine (not a stuff-your-face sushi joint)
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

The driftwook archway marking the entrance leads to a small garden in front of the restaurant, complete with a small bamboo fountain. The restaurant is located in a converted house, so it can be forgiven for its shortcomings there. I can't decide if I prefer a table by the windows in front, or a table in the cozier feeling upstairs room, away from the entrance. After being seated, you'll be brought a hot towel for your hands and face. The service is extremely polite. We've been here a few times, and ordered several types of nigiri, yakisoba, tempura, and chawan mushi. All were a little higher quality than what you get in the average sushi restaurant, but the price is also correspondingly higher. This is the local restaurant we come to when we want a special meal.

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