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New Westminster Restaurant Reviews
De Dutch Pannekoek House1035 Columbia Street, #102, New Westminster
Save your money
By Thisgal of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

This place is not worth your time or money. Was left standing at door for nearly 10 minutes while the server was busy on her phone. After being sat I waitng another 10 minutes for my drink. My coffee was always left empty. Food was below average with cost far above the norm. Not a good place

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Longtail Kitchen810 Quayside Drive, #116, New Westminster
Should be soooo much better
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (150 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

Walked in at lunch time. It was empty. Waited over 10 minutes to be acknowledged while standing at counter. FInally I practically had to walk aroudn the counter to the kitchen to get someone. Ordered pad thai with prawns. I was looking forward to it as I thought this place would be good looking at all the authentic thai ingredients they had laying around. Especially as it was over $12 for noodle in a take out type place. Was told it would be 5-7 minutes. Closer to 15 minutes later my number was called and it wasn't even delivered to the table.

The table proffered very weird and awkward plstic forks and chopsticks. Well there's my first clue - no real thai restaurant has chopsticks. Thais dont use chopsticks. They use spoons and forks - no knives.

Finally sat down with my pad thai. It looked ok but very small portion. I noticed the next person who ordered the same dish got a portion that was bigger by half. Customers never like that.

There were bean sprouts on top but no cilantro or lime wedge, customary with real pad thai. I asked for a lime wedge and they said they don't have them only bottled lime juice. So, you know that one of the key ingredients in pad thai that they use is concentrated processed lime juice.

Finally tried it. Good pad thai is like a religious experience. This was not. It tasted ok but was WAY too fishy with fish sauce. The egg was done right but the wrong type of tofu was used, it was regular store bought tofu not the chewy type. Also I had paid mor for the shrimp paid thai and got only 3 shrimp. I heard a woman in the restaurant talking on her phone to someone saying the pad thai was so bad that Brown's made a better one. I beg to differ - theirs is nasty. But this wasn't great especially for the price.

Also, almost every time someone came in to order they were out of of didn't have something. DOn't bother with this place.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Once was enough
By snk1982ca of North Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 10:30am [Dine in]

Went here for a birthday. While waiting for the group, we were standing by out long table and were ordered to sit down (some liquor license thing), so we could no longer all talk. When everyone arrived, they took first drink order but someone, after about 30 minutes, had to tell server we wanted to order. Food then took so long we thought they were shopping for the ongredients. I had a smoked salmon pizza. Think overdone bread, a thin layer of tomato sauce and topped with cold lox that should go on a bagel. What a joke of a kitchen. Never will I go here again. Vancouver has too many great places to waste time on slow service and mediocre food.

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Sixth Street Grill, The413 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Disappointing
By brenda22 of New Westminster BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

We were excited when a new western cuisine restaurant first opened approx three years ago. We have been there numerous times since they opened and food has been average no matter what day of the week. Service is better during Monday through Friday. Sunday is the worst day to go to this restaurant as this is their busiest day and they find it difficult to deal with high volume of customers.On Sundays they bring in a family member an older gentleman to help with customers and he is rude and lazy. The restaurant is currently for sale hopefully the new owners will keep it western cuisine.

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Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Good dim sum and bbq. Noddle? Not so much.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:37am [Dine in]

I like variety when i eat. Therefore i love places that have small dishes to go with my entree. Shang's menu looks promising cause they have tons of selection of dim sum and bbq dishes to go with their noodle. They have excellent roast pork and bbq pork cheeks. Their pork and veggie dumplings are also very good.

Their noodle dishes are just not quite there. The portion is big but doesn't have the best texture and the soup are not quite tastey (not bad but doesn't make you say you want to eat more).

Overall i'll probably go back again at some point when i have craving for dim sums at night. If i want noodle, i'll probably keep driving into burnaby or richmond. Or the new vietnamese restaurant close by.

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Yianni's Greek Taverna543 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Good food. Great calamari.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:25am [Dine in]

Been to this place a lot this year. Anytime we have a craving for calamari in fact. It's that good. The squid is tender, the barter is nicely seasoned, the tzatziki sauce compliments the calamari very well.

The roast lamb is good. Good portion and good seasoning.
The souvlaki is okay. Not bad but nothing special.
The red snapper and salmon are good. Of course being baked, there are times that it's overcooked but that sauce on top makes up for it.
The lasagna is huge! It's three times the size we were expecting it to be when we ordered. Taste okay but it's huge!

A bonus for the restaurant is they have delicious rice pilaf with their entree. It's not dry like your typical greek rice. Almost like they heat it up in a broth before they serve it.

They get a 3 for food but i really want to give 3.5 because they do some dishes very well and some are just average. Nothing bad yet.
Service is a 3. Friendly and attentive enough but not quite outstanding. Sometimes there are only one server there and he/she is tending to other things at the back.
Value wise it's a 4 because there are only 2 dishes on the menu i would deem higher than average. Portion to price ratio puts them at a 4.
Ambiance is typical hole in a wall restaurant. At least it's clean and tidy.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Slow Brunch
By teemsum of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

Was here for brunch with DH.
We arrived shortly after 12 pm.
Restaurant was half-full.
Server took our order at 12:15 pm.
Waited almost 45 minutes for a breakfast burrito & a huevos rancheros.
It comes with a skewer with one chunk each of a strawberry, a cantaloupe & a honeydew & a small cup of diced roasted potatoes.
At least the music wasn't that loud.

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Fresh Slice417 E. Columbia Street, New Westminster
bad food
By thejudge187 of new west (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2014 - 4:29pm [Take-out]

Food was terrible staff was clueless and rude. They didnt know how to work with money or how to operate the registers and the manager seems like he just stands around. One time I ordered delivery and half the oizza wad flipped over as if the driver had dropped the bag what a idiot

Overall took very long to make pizzas

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Terminal Pub, The115 12th St, New Westminster
A new fav
By aj67 of Burnaby (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

Joined friends for lunch here for the first time. You would never know what the inside looks like from looking at it from the outside. A lot of scratch made food, just amazing burger. The best hot wings I have had in a while. Nice service, friendly. I have not been at night before, so maybe more pub like then, but we have been back several times and we will be back again for sure.

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Nando's Chicken805 Boyd Street, Unit T110, New Westminster
I love Nando's hands down. But ...
By FoodieHank of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 8:04pm [Take-out]

As the title says, I love Nando's hands down. I've been eating Nando's for years. There's just one moment (May 22, 2014 @ 7:45pm) where the lady in the grill dropped a chicken on a skewer on the floor. Picked it up, looked around. When she saw I was looking, she placed it on the side of the grill. When she thought I glanced far, she quicly moved it to the center of the grill. I was wearing my baseball cap. She tought I didn't see what she did. I did not call her attention. But am not going to let it go without posting this. I will still go eat Nando's but this lady must go. The guy at the cashier who I dealt with didn't see what happened behind him.

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Donair Star622 12th Street, New Westminster
Not a Halifax Donair
By rbillard of New Westminster, BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 6:13pm [Take-out]

Okay so, I had a craving for a real Donair. A real Halifax Donair. The Donair, or the Donner as the Lebanese call them, was introduced to Canada in 1971 by a restaurant in Bedford Nova Scotia. The owner then came up with the "sweet sauce" to differentiate it from the Shwarma and the Gyro. It quickly became a hit and then King of Donair in Halifax bought the rights to it and the Halifax Donair was born. Later it has been moving across the country but seems to have stalled in Alberta since so many Maritimers stayed there and couldn't figure out how to scale mountains.

So... I research where I can get a Halifax Donair. This place comes up on 12th Street in New West called Donair Star. They advertise a Halifax Donair.

This is what happened:
-I order.
-He gets out a full dry pita and opens it up to make a pouch. WRONG
-He puts in large wedges of tomatoes. WRONG
-He puts in diced onions. RIGHT
-He then turns around and shovels out of a hot bowl the sliced anemic beef and stuffs it into the pocket of the pita. WRONG
-Pulls out a white squeeze bottle and squeezed something into the pocket. WRONG
-Then he folds it all up into a tightly packed ball and hands it to me. WRONG
-All of this took about 25 seconds.

I left cringing.

This is how you make a real Halifax Donair:

-Slice the properly flavourful and spiced pressed beef from the spit.
-Place the pile of sliced meat on the hot flat oven plate.
-Spray the meat with water and or oil.
-Mix the meat. This will cook the meat further and provide the golden brown colour of the meat and seal in the flavours.
-Place a pita that is sized to the order (small, medium, large), whole, on top of the meat on the grill.
-Spray the pita and meat again with water/oil. Not too much.
-Place a flat tray or pan over the meat and the pita to trap the juices and flavour.
-Remove the pita and mix up the meat. The pita should be warm and slightly moist.
-Move to another station and lay the pita down and place the meat on it then layer the diced onions and diced tomatoes on it.
-Ask the client how much sauce they want.
-Ladle the appropriate amount of the signature Halifax Donair sauce over the meat and vegetables.
-Wrap up the pita with a fold at the bottom and then in a round so that the top is open.
-Wrap the whole thing tightly in tinfoil.
-Give to customer
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It should take about three or four minutes.

If you don't do these steps above. Don't ever call it a Halifax Donair.

What Donair Star created was a bland and flavourless ball of grey meat, dry pita and chunky tomato.
grrrrr.....

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
Bloated
By Dakonella of New Westminster BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

We went out to give it one last chance but as it turns out, we ended up with bloated stomachs. I have no idea what they add to the food that causes these symptoms.

I've been to a variety of Chinese restaurants in BC, and this one is below par. Too bad, because they do offer good prices.

I guess I better go check the other locations, just to be thorough. I'll keep you posted.

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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
So happy for the Reno!
By Dakonella of New Westminster BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

This place is ALWAYS busy, so finding out about the Grand Opening that took place yesterday, was sublime.
So much that we've made reservations for Nana's birthday next weekend! Woo-hoo!

Oh, don't forget! They have live music and dancing, if you're so inclined, on Friday nights, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Ole!

Especially now that it's Spring Break, it gives the busy families bring their kids in and have lots fun. The kids were running around as much as the staff were.

So they have officially placed some of our favorites on the menu such as the Tostadas and the Monster Burrito.

I've been to other Mexican restaurants and this one beats them all!

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Same Old
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Dropped in for a visit to The Hub two Sundays ago. Was very impressed with the ambiance of this restaurant, nice large open space with plenty of room to move about.

Our waitress was solid. At our table in a reasonable amount of time with menu's , etc. Nothing outstanding about her service then again nothing really to complain about either.

The Hub falls into the same category as Earles, Cactus Club, Moxies etc. The same old menu with a couple of little changes here and there but basically you've seen it all before. One big difference with The Hub are the prices! They charge upwards of 15+ for simple things like burgers.

I ordered the Ahi Tuna burger that came with a 15 dollar price tag. The food arrived in a decent amount of time for being after 2pm in the afternoon on a Sunday. It was good. Was it worth 15 dollars accompanied by a tiny little salad with their own housemade dressing? In my view no.

What really ticked me off about The Hub and probably a deal breaker in terms of ever stepping foot in this place again was the beer I ordered. $6.50 for "a glass" of a local brew "Gypsy Tears". This was nowhere near a pint. I would loved to of had a measuring cup handy to measure out this ridiculous rip off.
$6.50 cents for that!? You have got to be kidding me.

I tend to avoid places where I feel I've been ripped off.

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Hub Restaurant800 Carnarvon Street, #344, New Westminster
Disappointing
By Robert. of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

I went in for a quick bite on my way home. The first impression was good. It was well lit, clean, quiet. The menu seemed to be trying too hard so I settled for a simple steak sandwich(medium well) with gravy on the side.

When the food arrived, the steak was pre-cut in thin slices and spread over the garlic toast. It was also rare to medium rare rather than medium well, so I sent it back. The server returned with it about 2 minutes later. The cook had simply pan fried the steak pieces and re-served the meal with the same fries and garlic toast. The fries were dry, cold and tasteless. The gravy tasted as if it was canned and slightly burnt. The garlic toast was passable. I paid about $19 for this disaster.

This was arguably one of the worst meals that have had in along time. The ONLY saving grace was that at least the server was pleasant. I doubt that I will ever darken their door again.

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Kojima Sushi410 6th Street, New Westminster
Not impressed
By Kerrieblue of Burnaby / New West (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Since our favorite Japanese restaurant closed, we’ve been on the search for a good replacement – but this is definitely not it.

Kojima has very little atmosphere to speak of, parts of the restaurant didn’t even have the lights on, but it did appear relatively clean. We were seated quickly and the speed of service was average but unfortunately the staff could not communicate well in English and did not have very good customer service skills – very one worded and blunt.

But, all this could have been overlooked if only the food wasn’t so completely poor. And I don’t just mean the taste not being to our preference but the actual technique was bad. The assorted tempura was so saturated with oil that simply pressing it would result in oil welling up – likely the fry oil was not hot enough so just absorbed the oil and was bitter from previous food bits burning in the fryer. Of the vegetable gyoza order we had only one because it was chewy and tasted doughy, not delicate like gyoza should be and that too was bitter from the pan used to fry them. We also ordered three rolls, California, Dynamite and Philadelphia. Dynamite was challenging to eat as it was rolled so loosely, it just fell apart. The crab in the California roll smelled fishy and the Philadelphia looked more than a little worse for wear.

… just can’t recommend.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
A disappointing dining experience.
By 3amigos of Burnaby (50 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

We went to Chan's Garden for dinner recently -- a first-time visit for us. With it's bright sign, we found it easy to spot at it's Columbia Street location.

Once inside, we found a rather bright and stark decor -- bare, mostly-undecorated, white (or off-white) walls, with booths (the table rather 'high' for some of us short types!!), and lines of tables & chairs. My first reaction was memories of the cafeteria-style restaurants of a good many years ago -- no decor or ambience, but a spotlessly-clean, neat, and orderly set-up.

Upon entering, we found service to be prompt and friendly. We (a threesome) accepted being seated in a booth -- menus, glasses of water, a pot of tea and cups, and 'tableware' (dinner plates, knives and forks, and napkins), were quickly provided. We asked for bowls, and chopsticks - our request was accommodated promptly.

For a starter (while we "researched" the menu), we (two of us) ordered Chinese beer, and an order of deep-fried wonton to share. The beer was good - light, cold, and "hit-the-spot" - the wonton appetizer was 'ok'.

For dinner, we ordered to share: crispy ginger beef, szechuan prawns, seafood chop suey, and the house special egg foo young. The food arrived rather quickly (I would say, rather too quickly!!!). The dishes looked colourful, and the servings a good size.

The food presentations were the 'good' part of the meal, the food preparations the 'not-so-good' part.

--- the crispy ginger beef was gooey, greasy, and lacking in 'real' ginger flavour -- the szechuan prawn dish - consisted of some unshelled prawns, immersed in a thick, and quite terrible-tasting sauce, surrounded by broccoli -- the seafood chop suey - some rather decently-prepared pieces of fish, seafoods, and veggies, but too much gooey and greasy sauce -- the egg foo young - uncooked inside, and a total yuck!

Overall: friendly and accommodating service, served up in stark and cold ambience, decent presentations of food, that, in our opinion, was certainly not prepared as well, or taste as good as it looked.

Based on this dining experience, I just cannot see us returning again.

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Royal Tandoori Indian Restaurant83 6th St, New Westminster
No trouble writing fifty words on why you shouldn't eat here
By drkost of newwest (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 8:25pm [Take-out]

Wanting a quick snack and craving veggie samosas I called Royal Tandoori and ordered two for pickup despite the cost ($3.50 for two). The lady on the phone said it would be ready in 15 minutes. I gave them an extra five minutes and arrived 20 minutes after placing my order (you could literally wrap and make fresh samosas in that amount of time). When I arrived (to an empty restaurant at dinner time on a weekend), the server said to have a seat and that my order would be ready shortly. From my seat, I had a good view of the kitchen, where I could see the chef changing channels on the TV.. shouldn't he have been making my samosas? When I inquired about how long it was going to take, the chef came out of the kitchen and rudely told me 5 minutes. When I asked why it would take so long, he became aggressive yelling, "fine, if you don't want them, get out!'. So, I did. It was a very unsettling experience and obviously, I will never go back. Oh.., and the lady up the set of stairs from the register doing her ironing was also weird. I've never been in a place with so many people(5 plus 'the chef') hanging around and no food getting made, Truth.

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OPA! Of Greece805 Boyd Street, #140, New Westminster
good quick greek food
By wen of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 1:50am [Dine in]

was surprised that fast greek food can be so good. will definitely eat here again. service really good food was fresh especially the salad. place is really clean. we had calamari salad & wrap with salad enjoyed everything would recommend for the price. portions good size
was recommended by a friend worth the visit although a little hard to find in the mall as there is no directional signage. worth the effort

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Papa Dave's Pizza820 20th Street, New Westminster
Bad Service and Bad Lasgna
By chase of new west (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 9:27pm [Delivery]

I searched online this evening for a restaurant that serves lasagna in my area and came across Papa Dave's restaurant. The menu looked great and the prices seemed affordable, but I was hesitant to order their lasagna because I find most restaurants nowadays tend to mistake spice for flavour. When I called to order my food I asked the person on the phone if their lasagna was spicy, even a little bit. I cannot stand spicy food. He assured me it wasn't. My meal arrived shortly and by the second bite my mouth was burning. It was unedible in my eyes. When I called to complain they offered no apologies, discounts or anything. I wasted precious money on this meal and still had to make myself something else to eat. Needless to say I will not be ordering anything from them again and I will be making my own homeade lasagna tomorrow. Thank You.

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