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Love2GoOutNew WestminsterSince March 22, 200815 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
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Go Thai Restaurant502 East Columbia, New Westminster
Seriously good eats, Go Thai!
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

This neat, clean and attractive neighborhood restaurant keeps me coming back for very tasty Thai meals full of flavour and made with care in the open kitchen - usually by the person I take to be one of the owners. I have eaten here perhaps 30 times now and have probably tried most things on the menu. I enjoy the red curry chicken, the Tom Yum Gai, green papaya salad, and more but the mango sticky rice (in season) is my favourite of all. I find two people can dine in the evening and take home a decent quantity of leftovers for $40 all in. As mentioned in other reviews, this is not a white tablecoth experience, but it is what it is and does an exemplary job at its price point. Definitely worth a try if you are in the area and in the mood.

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Pearl Restaurant14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
One of my favourite places
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 9:52am [Dine in]

Went last night for the Spring tasting menu. It was a very good value at $65 per person plus $45 for the wine pairings. We have eaten here numerous times in the past for both the tasting menu and a la carte selections and have absolutely loved it. This most recent experience was very good but did not live up to some of the past meals, which would have garnered them 5s from me across the board.

Started with a tomato bisque amuse bouche that had a small dollop of chevre on top. Nice but not spectacular.

The first course was a three-part appetizer with a tuna sashimi "rose" topped with a side stripe prawn with a wasabi aeoli (bland), a purple fingerling potato stack with more wasabi aeoli (also bland but better than the tuna) and a house-smoked beef carpaccio with fried capers (much better).

Second course was a weathervane scallop on a quinoa salad with some eggplant caviar under the scallop. Very good indeed.

Third was, in my opinion, the best dish - halibut on sea veggies with a strong asian ponzu/sesame oil flavour. Delicious, as was the Reisling served alongside as the wine pairing.

Fourth was a 36-hour braised short rib. It was flamed tableside with Sambucca. Very good, but until I realized the fried Asiago ball on the plate ought to be eaten with the meat, I thought it lacked sufficient seasoning. Hubby would say this was his favourite dish. Again, exceptional wine pairing.

Fifth course was Cambozola cheese with water crackers and grapefruit/champagne jelly. Nice, but more cheese would have been good. Tasting menu portions are small due to the number of courses but that was ridiculous. There was about 1.5 teaspoons.

The final, dessert course was a large-ish dish of chocolate brownie, shortbread cookie and vanilla bean ice cream with some sliced strawberries. I am sad to say it was kind of boring. The brownie was gritty from sugar as it was basically uncooked batter with a crispy outer layer. The shortbread cookie was no surprise and the house-made ice cream, while delicious, had large ice crystals in it. There was no sauce. This paled in comparison to past desserts here.

Finally came a lovely little mignardise of a thimble-sized white chocolate cup filled with strawberry mousse, sitting on a dark chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. I think this could be the inspiration for a better dessert than the one on the menu.

Overall, and relative to many other fine it dining experiences I have had, I would still rate this one as "outstanding" but my hope is that Pearl pays attention to ensure it continues to be of the caliber it has been in the past. Please do not slip into complacent mediocrity!

Service was absolutely great, in that energetic and friendly way. If you prefer unobtrusive service you will not get that here. The server, Yasha, did make a wonderful series of unique, non-alcoholic drinks for hubby that were "paired" with the dishes as he was not having wine. She has done that for him in the past as well. This is her own initiative and was above and beyond what I have seen anywhere when hubby asks for something "different" to drink.

Decor is nice but the room is prone to drafts as there is no vestibule. I always ask for a table away from the door and I prefer the booths in the back if we can get one.

Overall, it was a lovely dinner but not up to what I know this restaurant is capable of. I am hoping future visits will put it back on its culinary pedestal for me.

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Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery6345 120 Street, #112, Delta
Very charming tea experience!
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

This tea room and gift shop is an unexpectedly charming little place in the outdoor mall at the corner of 64th and 120th in Delta. Given that the proprietor has converted flourescent-lit retail space for this purpose it is even more surprising. When you first walk in there is a small gift shop area and a counter containing homemade fudge. Around the corner and further inside are several tables in a seating area that has been decorated in the "shabby chic" style with pastel gingham curtains, an eclectic assortment of chairs and tablecoths and old tables. This shop uses bone china teacups and mismatched silver cutlery, along with an assortment of old fashioned fabric napkins and antique fixtures to help create the mood.

Our friendly hostess seated us promptly and I quickly settled on a rhubarb pecan scone with Devonshire cream and jam . Hubby ordered macaroni and cheese with a green salad, housemade honey poppyseed dressing and a baking powder biscuit. We shared a large pot of Earl Grey Cream tea.

The scone was delectable - not too cakey, not too biscuity, just flavourful and delicious. The Devonshire cream turned out to be whipped cream - understandable when a large scone, cream and jam are $4.50, but I think at least making mock Devonshire cream by whipping in some cream cheese would have
been in order. The jam was homemade and lovely. Hubby's mac and cheese was good but not "great". The salad dressing was fantastic, though. And they sell it there. I will be back for sure to pick some up. He was in raptures, though, over his biscuit. We later found out that the meal was supposed to come with a cloverleaf roll - a bun made of three small balls of bread dough baked in a small tin so they join together. The dough balls are one each of white, multigrain and cheese bread. Sounds nice, but they were out so hubby got the aforementioned delectable biscuit.

We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly for the total amount of $18.90 before tip. I will return with a friend soon to try the afternoon tea I saw being served to other tables. It is $18 per person and includes dainty sandwiches, scones and sweets, along with copious quantities of tea. As a tea snob, I would say the tea is of good quality although not super premium. That is OK at these prices. Nice experience. I noticed reservations are suggested for the afternoon tea meal, and it was busy so this is probably a good idea.

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Vienna Treasures909 12th Street, New Westminster
Nice little neighborhood bakery
Submitted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Based on the first 2 reviews I visited Vienna Treasures this afternoon. I purchased the Chocolate Paw Cookies and a Hazelnut Braid. (Just over $16.00 for the two items). Both of these are pretty good. I can make better versions of both IMHO, and my Oma certainly can. That said, I did not have to make these. They are a good quality, good tasting product produced by a charming lady in a cute, clean little premises, attractively wrapped and they were available to me at no more effort than that required to drive about 10 blocks each way. There is definitely something to be said for that. I will certainly return to try the Beesting Cake among other things as I must know if it truly surpasses Oma's!!!

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White Spot7519 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Prototype Restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

We tried the new White Spot tonight for a quick bite. We were looking for comfort food - something familiar and close to home. I ordered a White Spot classic, namely Chicken Pot Pie. I received a large "turnover" instead of the pot pie I was expecting. Unimpressive, as I do not recall a warning about this on the menu . I asked about the weird version of a pot pie I had received and the server told me this was a "prototype" restaurant that is the trial place of new creations. OK, I get that so I decided to give a fair chance to this new take on my pot pie.

The bottom of the turnover was not baked through and the filling seemed much thicker than it ought to be - perhaps to facilitate the "turnover" format rather than being in a dish topped with pastry. Our server came by very quickly after the food was delivered to ask if everything was to our liking. I explained my feelings about the pie and tried to explain the issues so she could carry them back to the kitchen (along with the dissected but 95% uneaten pot pie impostor) as constructive feedback. A new menu was whisked into my hands and I ordered another meal.

The replacement meal came out of the kitchen in record time, hand delivered by the kitchen manager who took the pot pie off the bill and comped the replacement meal. He told me my feedback would be incorporated to improve the dish in future and apologized for any inconvenience.

For something that started out kind of negative the great service from the server herself, the front end manager and the kitchen manager totally redeemed this WS location in our eyes. We will definitely be back!

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Dragon Palace45 8th Street, New Westminster
New West's hidden gem for Chinese food
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 11:35am [Dine in]

The New Westminster restaurant scene can be a bit spotty but there are a few grains of wheat amongst the chaff and this is one of them. We have eaten here several times now both on the weekend for a dim sum "brunch" and in the evening for a full dinner.

DIM SUM: There are no carts circulating. This restaurant is of the type where you check off what you want on a pre-printed list. The list is not huge but certainly covers all the traditional bases and then some We always have the Har Gow (Shrimp dumplings) which I love. If you want black vinegar sauce you have to ask for it separately but there is no charge. We also regularly have spring rolls, pork and shrimp dumplings, stir fried rice noodles with special sauce, steamed pork buns, chive pancakes and other traditional favourites. Then we add on various other things that sound good. I find the prices incredibly affordable. The majority of items are $2.50. I like the food at least as much as that at Sun Sui Wah.

DINNER: They do chicken chow mein and sweet and sour pork as well or better than anyone. BUT for a great meal branch out and try something less ubiquitous like the Peking Duck, which comes as first the crispy, delicious duck skin with wrappers and hoi sin sauce and spring onions and then as the succulent duck meat minced finely and mixed with veggies, served with little pancake wrappers. My teenagers LOVE this part. We have had lots of great meals here by just trying out things that sound interesting.

Service is pretty good but sometimes there can be a bit of a language barrier. The atmosphere is clean, modern and attractive if a bit "wide open". I like it best when the restaurant has a lot of occupied tables.

Overall, this is a great family place where I can take a number of people for a delicious meal and come away without an empty feeling where my wallet used to be. Well done.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Dinner at Mama's house
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 10:08am [Dine in]

We tried Rosa's in Port Moody last night on the recommendation of a friend. It is located on Clarke Street in Port Moody. If you are not a local, take note: apparently (to my chagrin) tinly little Port Moody has Clarke Drive, Clarke Road and Clarke Street. Once I found it though, it was all uphill. Delicious food. It was Italian home cooking at its finest. We arrived at 7:00 and waited in line outside for about 20 minutes. There is no awning, so I am glad it wasn't raining. There was a lineup all evening long but never appeared to be a horribly long wait, and it was a Saturday ninght.

Rosa herself works out front. Service was slow, as apparently the servers can only do one thing at a time.... They take a drink order at one table, go get the drinks, deliver them and then take the order of the next table. However, if you are not rushed, who cares?

I started with a glass of the house red wine. Very nice. I did not, uncharacteristically, ask what it was before I ordered and I did not look at the wine menu, but every table other than ours had a bottle of wine on it and every bottle appeared to have the same label. It must be the house red, but usually those come in carafes. Who knows??? It is popular whatever it is.

For dinner we started by sharing a large Caesar salad ($10.75). It was OK, but I prefer the non-creamy Caesar dressing. The table next to ours had an outstanding looking tomato and bocconcini salad with capers, red onions and balsamic vinegar that I will ask for next time. For the main course I had chicken piccata ($18.95) (Itr was hot, fresh and absolutely wonderful. I had pasta with tomato sauce on the side. Also lovely and perfectly al dente. Hubby had linguini carbonara ($14.25?). Mmmmm. Again, observing the neighbors he says he will try the Alfredo next time as it looked and smelled divine as well.

Rosa is a bit of a curmudgeon. She told me I couldn't have dessert because I did not finish my dinner. She had a stern face about it but softened instantly when I told her it was soooo delicious but that the reputation of her Tiramisu preceded itself and that I absolutely had to have it or the rest of my meal would be devoured (which was likely true, as I was ravenous).

The portions are large. I had two chicken breasts (I guess one whole breast includes the two halves but I always expect only one half and consider it a whole breast). I would normally characterize the amount of last night's dinner to be two meals, but that is great.

I splurged on sugar and had the Tiramisu, which was second to none compared to ones I have had in a restaurant.

I recommend it as a place to go to relax with a few people over a lovely, unpretentious but very delicious dinner with a bottle of red wine. Just don't go if you are in a hurry or want to be pampered by attentive wait staff. That ain't happenin! Enjoy.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
French Bistro - Done Right
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 12:41am [Dine in]

Steak Frites, perfect fluffy omelets, Croque Monsieur are all delicious. I want to try everything one day! My first visit here was late fall of 2006. It was my birthday and I was treated like a princess right down to chocolate writing on the plate my (complimentary!) sorbet was served on - I said I was going to forego dessert but the server surprised me nevertheless.

I have been back twice since then and have recommended this place to friends. There are bright, cheerful tables at the front with planters outside the window as if in France. In the back there is a cozier 'by the fireplace" atmosphere. The staff are bright and professional. Service is unobtrusive unless you try to strike up a conversation, in which case the servers respond accordingly. I feel as comfortable alone as with a table of four.

My only tiny gripe is the coffee, which I find OK but not as good as it could/should be IMHO. So... do yourself a favour. Go here for a lovely luncheon and then walk yourself across the street to 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters for a fabulous coffee to finish your experience.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
Location,Service better than the food
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 12:23am [Dine in]

I was here for lunch recently with a group of eight. The place was packed but we got in right away with our reservation. Service was top drawer from beginning to end. I was paying the bill for the group as it was a business lunch. The server had enough class to allow me to add my own gratuity to the bill despite the policy about automatic tipping and she was rewarded accordingly. Views were outstanding. Decor was comfortable, modern and attractive. Menu had a number of items that sounded very appealing. The food was ... good. Not fabulous as one might expect for a $16 hamburger. That burger became a joke amongst the group after we left. Other people also felt we were paying for location and atmosphere rather than amazing food. I would definitely go back in the evening with my husband and perhaps another couple to try again but right now the server and the view are more memorable than my meal.

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Papa Dave's Pizza820 20th Street, New Westminster
Best in New West!
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 12:08am [Dine in]

In the interests of full disclosure: I do not generally like pizza other than true Italian thin crust pizza. Papa Dave's has won me over to the thicker, chewier kind that my family enjoys. I have 2 teenagers and a husband whose "desert island" food would be pizza, so I used to end up trying a lot of different kinds of pizza. I have finally tasted a type that is not greasy, not gritty from cornmeal, not bland, not skimpy on toppings and not soggy. The sauce is tasty and a touch spicy but not too hot. The pizza crust is tasty and can be held without having toppings slip off in your lap. I find Papa Dave's both tasty and decent value for my pizza dollar. Staff is great. I have gone to pick up and the folks who work there have been talkative, friendly and personable while still getting the job done efficiently. Way to go, Papa Dave's. You have a convert!

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
Need a -1 rating
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I have lived in New West for 3 yrs. Moved from Vancouver Island, so back then I knew nothing about area restaurants. I asked the locals where to get the best Chinese food. They all love Hon's. I am a trusting soul, so given the overwhelming approval for this place I have given it more chances than it deserves. In fact, I have tried takeout once and dine-in twice in the past 3 years. Each time eating in the place was dirty and uncomfortable. Service is brusque and uncaring. Takeout and dine in, the food was lousy. Is that too blunt? It's true. I feel like the kid in the story about the Emperor's New Clothes. Why are people so impressed? It is HORRIBLE Chinese food, people. It tastes like burnt oil, old fish and unidentified greasy, bitter substances. I will never, ever make the mistake of eating Hon's food again. Blech!

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Heritage Grill447 Columbia, New Westminster
I must be getting old
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

The music is the best part about this place. I was here twice last year based on reviews from this site . Food was OK, but the atmosphere was dirty, dingy and unappealing. The table were painted with "drizzled" pattens of coloured paint and my forearms "stuck" to the table both times because the tables were not cleaned well. Service was indifferent. We could not get drink refills without going up to the bar. Menu was nothing special. I would go back for the live entertainment, which is not saying much given this is first and foremost a restaurant. So much potential, such poor follow through.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
Solid, time after time
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

My husband and I go here for halibut and chips about once a month. I have never had a bad experience. In fact, I am very surprised at some of the reviews. I agree that the atmosphere is not fabulous, but my expectations are being met given the price/location/genre. I would consider us "foodies" and admit that we have spent a lot of time indulging our taste buds in Vancouver's fine dining establishments but when we want quick, satisfying comfort food that tastes like the fish and chips we used to buy on the dock in Victoria, it is Cockney Kings all the way. In fact, we were in Orlando last month and ate at Raglan Road - a pub style restaurant owned by a world class Irish celebrity chef. The fish at Cockney Kings is better than what my husband got there. We will not be giving up our CK fish and chips habit any time soon!

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Kimberly's Gills & Grapes1225 Johnston Rd., White Rock
Very nice lunch experience
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

I have been here several times with clients for lunch. Each time the food has been tasty, fresh and fast to arrive - very important at noon. The sandwiches in particular are creative combinations that my clients find very appealing. Prices are acceptable for the quality of the meal, but I find the portions a bit small. A $12 salad leaves me distinctly "wanting more" although admittedly I am not a bread eater and that would probably do the trick. The bread service is good, I am told. There is a daily fresh sheet that most of the people I go with end up choosing from. I hear lots of compliments about the lunches and the comfortableness of the restaurant. The nautical decor is charming and not over the top. Service is hit and miss, although more hit than miss... What can I say? I keep coming back and will continue to do so as long as my lunch guests continue to enjoy it.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Why didn't I try this place sooner?
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Wow. I have been curious to try Tamarind Hill for a while but someplace else has always been higher on my "list". Too bad. I live in New West and could easily have been coming here for months now. They deliver, too. Good to know!

We started with vegetarian spring rolls (4 for $5) which were tasty and came with a lovely dipping sauce. I ordered a virgin Mango Colada that was absolutely delicious. I would actually consider having it for dessert next time.

The green papaya mango salad was delightfully crunchy, tangy/sweet and mildly spicy. The boneless Hainese (sp?) chicken came with a bowl of rice and was beautifully presented with lovely sambal and ginger sauces to complement the moist, flavourful meat. The mixed stir fried vegetables were lovely to look at and to eat but next time I would consider trying the green beans, which arrived at the table next to us looking and smelling amazing.

My dinner companion had the deep fried banana and ice cream for dessert. She seemed to like it - I can't comment on that. I would have liked to try a dessert but was already very satisfied with the rest of my meal. Two of us brought home substantial leftovers. Not sure why others say portions are small. Final bill for two with tax but before tip was $50 for all of the above plus a cup of Mighty Leaf tea. My teenage daughter who was "not interested" in trying Tamaring Hill is now tucking into the leftovers (we had some of everything) and calling from the kitchen about how good it is. I certainly find it on par with Banana Leaf and it is practically walking distance!

Glad I finally got down there. Better late than never. I will definitely be back.

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