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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
Pretty good mexican food
By kobracommander of New Westminster BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Having worked at a Mexican food place prior to ever eating here, I have a standard of where I like my food. Not wishing to return to my prior employer for a bite, we tried Playa Tropical. I was delighted to find the salsa roha verde in the bottles were very authentic to third generation Mexcican, and also very good. (The second time we went the salsa roha was not good but verde was still delicious) We ordered the steak sandwich, shrimp quesadilla and two tacos: pork and fish. The steak sandwich was average, but the quesadilla was incredible. Delicious, served with pico de gaillo, guacamole and sour cream at no extra charge was a pleasant surprise. The tacos are small but also very cheap which explains the price, they are all topped differently and are quite tasty.
The waitresses both times we attended the restaurant were not very interested in us and we had to wait quite a while for our bill after finishing our food, but thats what you get when you hire careless teenagers. I will definitely go back and enjoy the much more authentic mexican food in comparison to taco del mar and chronic tacos.

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Great
By kobracommander of New Westminster BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Had a coupon for this restaurant that we've never tried before and I was skeptical, having never tried Filipino cuisine. I opted out of something new and into the chicken penne, while my boyfriend ordered a Filipino dish with chicken and coconut milk. The dish that I had was unique for itself and very delicious. I am not a huge fan of cilantro so I didn't enjoy the garnish however that is just personal. My boyfriends chicken dish was incredible, the next time we go I will be ordering that! For dessert we ordered cheesecake, also outstanding. The desert menu was impressive and I am eager to try one of the traditional Filipino desserts next time.
The waitress explained everything to us that we asked even though she didn't always know the English word. She was very friendly, prompt with drinks and dessert and made the evening enjoyable. The man playing the piano for the restaurant created fantastic music and was very friendly, greeting us as we came and left. Our total bill without the coupon would have came to $40 with dessert and drinks so I was pleased with the value that we got for our money.

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Thai New West Restaurant424 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Excellent.
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 9:44am [Dine in]

We had their lunch special recently, $10, for a large number of options. It came with soup, salad, spring roll, rice and entrée. The soup and salad were small but ok. Of course they are just to stimulate or cleanse the palate so I don't expect a lot. The spring roll may have been the best ever. Not a hint of grease. Almost like they were not deep fried. They make them to order not ahead of time. The medium spicy chicken stir fry was very good. Rice was fluffy and seemed lighter than most. This is as good as I've had anywhere including Thailand. It's a definite step up.The staff are friendly and the room just fine. This place is certainly worth a return visit.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
So So Experience
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 9:30am [Dine in]

I went for a quick lunch a while back and had one of their three lunch specials for around $8. It started great with one of the best hot and sour soups I've had. Just right in every regard. The Szechuan chicken was not. The chicken tasted like the roast pieces you buy from the grocery store that they're selling you at half price b/c it's been around for 3 days. It tasted off so I didn't finish it. That's maybe a first for me. The veg and rice were ok. But the sauce was bland like from a package. And not b/c I'd just had spicy soup. The wait staff were very pleasant and accommodating and the ambiance just fine. I will go back for sure to have the soup but maybe that only.

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Brooklyn Tap & Grill250 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Worst Customer Service I have ever experienced!!
By missmelissa88 of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 27, 2013 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

This bar is owned by the most disrespectful and impolite person I have ever met, and that is actually an understatement. I had a party of 25+ people at this normally empty bar, with people eating and drinking and spending money here all night, and all I can say is that I HIGHLY regret it. The service was unprofessional, and our waitress was totally unable to handle such a large party of people. At the end of the night, the waitress bawled her eyes out because someone hadn't settled their bill. My friend, being the nice guy that he is, decided to just pay the bill to calm her down. BIG MISTAKE. We went there a few days later to get the issue resolved only to be utterly insulted by the owner, who accused my (sober) friend of being so drunk he just didn't remember anything, and accused us of illegal activities in his establishment. This guy merely had to offer us a credit of $30 at his pub so that we could come back again, and we would have been happy. He then had the balls to say "you're out of line" to this request, AND said "I don't need your business!! There's lots of parties here every weekend!!!" I have never felt so disrespected. I was spoken to in a way that was both demeaning and insulting.
I would sincerely recommend to NOT go to this bar EVER based only on the fact that the owner here clearly HAS NO RESPECT and DOES NOT APPRECIATE anyone's business. AWFUL EXPERIENCE.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
I feel so bad for the person(s) that paid for their wedding reception here!
By lazygirl of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 9:58am [Dine in]

I attended a wedding reception that took place last week at this Kirin restaurant. The decor and ambiance is nice with the high ceilings, but that's about it.

Firstly, the service was extremely poor. At our table, there was 11 seats, 10 adults and 1 for my 3 year old. The reception was suppose to start at 7pm. At about 6:30pm onwards, servers started coming around asking each table if the seats were filled. At our table, 9 adults and my 3 year old was seated = 10 people. Servers kept on asking every 5 minutes if the 10th person (empty seat) would be coming. We honestly didn't know and asked why they were so keen to know. They said that they had to know so that they could get their portions right. That doesn't make sense. What if that person was going to be late?!?! Does the kitchen need to know right away if that person doesn't come or not? If there was going to be only 9 adults, are they only going to dish out 9 portions? Were they going to give a discount to the person that was paying for the wedding since one person didn't show up? How hard is it to make exactly 10 servings??? As it got closer to 7pm, the servers didn't back off so we told them that this person was coming.

When the food came out, the servers presented us the dishes and divided up the portions for us. OMG! For the price of the set menu, the portions were absolutely laughable. The cold platter consisted only of 2 tiny pieces of roast pig skin and a few strands of jellyfish. Small portions seemed to be the theme for the rest of the dishes. By the time we got to the 3rd dish, they didn't divide up the portion for my 3 year old. I asked the server nicely if they can give a portion to him, too. I guess the server sure didn't want to work that day as we glared at me and said, in the following exact words, "this menu is for 10 people. TEN people... There are 10 portions already divided up. This is not for 11 people... this is only for TEN people." OMFG!!! Chill... I was just asking a question. The server did not have to bark at me. At other wedding receptions I've been to at other restaurants, the servers would divide up the portions based on the # of people sitting at the table. Normally, it is for 10 people but if there is an extra person or a small child, they would usually give that person food, too. It's just that they would divide the dish into 11 ways instead of 10.

The only saving grace was the dessert. It was sweet peanut soup, coconut rolls, and deep fried red bean balls. They executed these well.

In addition to the food portions being tiny, the quality of the food was not up to snuff considering it was $1,288 per table. Other people on the table were shaking their heads, as well. For $129 per person, the wedding could have taken place at a nice hotel with high quality ingredients and a lot better service, etc. They definitely could have gotten a lot more if they had gone elsewhere.

If you're thinking of having your wedding here, think again!

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Terminal Pub, The115 12th St, New Westminster
May go back
By royalsam of burnaby (47 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 17, 2013 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

We went on a Sunday late AM for brunch/lunch. It was quiet. My wife had breakfast and for $10 it was good. I had the burger and poutine for $15+. Pretty good although the gravy was out of a package and the potatoes starchy. Also pricey for what you get. Service was friendly but sparing. Perhaps they were getting ready for the day. This, of course, is far different than when it was a dump with the reno and all but it did have a lot of character before. Now it's just a nice looking pub, like all the others. If I'm in the area I may go back but would never make a point of it.

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Pizza Garden800 Carnarvon St, #255, New Westminster
Pizza Garden Deux
By BrockF of Vancouver (east) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 1:41pm [Take-out]

The review posted below me is absolutely right! Pizza Garden is awesome. Lots of pizza places in the Lower Mainland, and being a pizza snob there's only a few I really dig. I wrote a review on their Smithe location in downtown Vancouver and I hadn't had the chance to try it again until I stopped into their New Westminster location. It's conveniently located right at the skytrain station, bonus.

Pizza Garden offers quite authentic tasting Neopolitan pizza and do it by the slice, and even offer delivery. I grabbed a couple of slices and a drink to go and it only came to $5! Their fior de latte cheese really makes the pizza, it melts perfectly in that wood fired oven and their brilliantly red tomato sauce is super fresh.

It's cool that you can get pizza of an 'upper crust' quality (pun completely intended) in New West without having to sit down for a restaurant meal that will cost you an arm and a leg. Pizza Garden has a nice thing going. It's been consistently great each time I've had it and I definitely will be having it time and time again.

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Gino's Restaurant431 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
incredibly disappointed
By ledzep78 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

Went for Mother's Day late lunch, 7 of us in total. Restaurant was busy, but not full. Everyone got their food except for me, waiting about 15 mins before mine finally arrived and everyone else was either finished or almost finished. Mother-in-law's pizza was half cooked. Daughter wasn't given the kid's size pizza that we obviously ordered since she is 6. Server didn't seem to care nor was there any offer to try and makes things right by either not charging for the pizza or something. Been a few times, will now never go back.

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Rivers Reach Pub320 6th St., New Westminster
Wicked food, laid back decor, horrible service.
By jonny5 of Surrey , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

some of the best pub food ive ever had and consistent which is very hard to find these days. wicked ambience with the wood everywhere and fireplace. slow ditzy waitresses that need attitude adjustments haven't been there in a long time due to just that. maybe ill go back soon and see if anythings changed. aside from the service i really like this place.

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Sushi Tang546 6th Street, New Westminster
A Solid Good Eats
By richie_rich of vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

I don't venture out to New Westminster to often unless it happens to be a large Antique Show/Fair at either the Queens Park Arena or QP Arenex. It happened to be the former. So, after rummaging around for several hours...I decided to check out this place upon a review by Sherman's FAs.
Parked on a sidestreet near the Tim Hortons and stepped in around quarter after 1pm....kind of surprised to find it kind of empty on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant looks alright..cash till to the left and sushi counter behind that...in fact all the seating arrangement were on the right. I got seated asap... no waiting at all except several people were waiting for their takeouts.
I decided and ordered the prawn tempera and the califorina combo. My tempura was amazing...I concure with SFA...hot ,light, airy, crispy...infact this might have been the best I had in a quite awhile. After that, my other order arrived in no time...standard 8pc Cali roll with 2 pieces of wild salmon, 1pc tuna and 1pc ebi. The rice looked good...you can see every grain of rice. Taste...a solid good.
I do have to mentioned the cashier/waitress was friendly and refilled my tea a half dozen times. My total was about 15 bucks subtotal and a tip of 2 bucks. Paid via debit and they do accept credit cards. I will be back if I'm in the area...overall a good lunch meal..no complaints.

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Thai Box 2 Go418 6th Street, #110, New Westminster
Thai Box 2Go ... love the food, the service, the name, the smells...
By staninvancouver of kerrisdale , vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Been to Thailand twice. The food there is incredible, however this new restaurant is beyond words. I'd give six stars if it were possible.

I took my mother and my cousin on opening day. My 72 year old mother had Thai food for the first time. She ordered the prawn with vegetables in a black bean sauce. She was nervous at first but after a the first taste she was hooked and said it was wonderful. Kudos to the chefs because she is a critical customer. My cousin ordered chicken in a peanut sauce, surrounded by freshly steamed broccoli. Another homerun there. I had the yellow curry with chicken as my entre (not too spicy, creamy sauce ... delicious again. We ordered Also veggie spring rolls. There were only four so we had to do rock-paper-scissors for the last one. My cousin won out. .. so we ordered another round of four for dessert.

Been back many times already. I wish it were closer and I would go daily for their specials. Very reasonably priced. I saw a lot of take out so I assume they are doing well. The service is prompt and the servers seem genuinely concerned that I am / we are enjoying our food and the experience. Everyone I have gone with or taken for the first time has loved the food. Not too spicy, unless you ask for it that way.

Smells wonderful from the street and even better inside.

Love the entrance area with the beautiful colours. The cat (ceramic?) with the waving arm in the alcove is funny. I'd like one of those for my home. Also loved the decor with the Bhudda reliefs on the wall.

This place is a jewel. Best Thai food I have ever had.

I am a severe critic and don't usually write reviews but this one Thai Box 2Go (2 Go?) is my new favourite.

Go check it out. You will love it.

S.

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Sixth Street Grill, The413 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Jury Is Still Out
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 22, 2013 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Tried this new New West spot a couple of Saturdays ago. The place was slammed. Looked like two very large groups in for dinner, one a birthday celebration, and every other table occupied. In short, the kitchen obviously couldn't keep up.

This is a smallish space but still big enough, if full, things could get sort of crazy in the kitchen. Clearly they were overwhelmed but dispite this our server tried her best with menu's quick to come, water re-fills and a few updates on when our rather simple order would arrive.

They serve comfort food here. Big dishes of lasagna with garlic toast, huge order for the price, all day breakfasts, chicken, burgers, etc. Nothing fancy but big plates for the price.

I went with the half chicken dinner with baked potato and veggies, my dining partner the salsbury steak.
My meal included a small salad that was just fine, my partners meal included a small bowl of some of the worst tasting clam chowder I have ever tried in my life. Watery, not clamy enough, just plain bad. I would re-visit the recipe for this one.

After that clam chowder I thought we might be in trouble but was pleasantly surprised when my half chicken dinner arrived after almost a full hour after ordering. Although I was given mashed potatoes when I actually ordered baked, I let it slide for the most part. My chicken was delicious. Fresh ,tasty, juicey, not at all dry and a very big portion for the 10 dollar something price tag. Everything was piping hot and even the mashed potatoes that I didn't originally order were hot and fresh.

They are new and working the kinks out in the kitchen so I am willing to cut them some slack. They tried hard and for the most part delivered. I'll be back to try them again, next time I will pick a night that is not quite as busy. But please, do something about that clam chowder recipe.

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
It's not a deli, it's a restaurant
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:31am [Dine in]

This place has it's own charm - but I don't see anything that says "deli" about it. It's like a homestyle restaurant with food that's comforting, authentic and delicious.

I am a fan of soft tacos - and the taco dishes at this place were excellent. They weren't the soft tacos I was expecting, but they didn't have a hard taco shell either. Whatever it was, it tasted really good stuffed with avocado and tomatoes. The rice and beans were fine, not the best I ever had but I was happy with it. The chicken soup was also good - a little thin but the taste was lovely

My friend adored the fried bananas dessert - although it did have an extra sweet sauce (caramel or something?) that seemed unnecessary and took away from the overall flavor. The caramel flan was also a great consistency, very enjoyable.

The two men that run it - I assume one from Mexico and another Asian man - are accommodating and helpful, but a little strange. They would probably benefit from hiring a professional waiter or waitress. The bathroom is surprisingly clean with newer tiles and fresh paint.

Anyways, if you come here for the food you won't be disappointed. A lot of love and care is put into making these dishes.

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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
Three, Disappointed
By rossoliverservice of Port Coquitlam (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:27am [Dine in]

Three, disappointed - that would best describe us after our experience at Taqueria Playa Tropical. It was a really nice sunny day and we arrived, hungry and thirsty, and were sat at our table with a smile. Things looked good. Because it was around Easter they had some pastel coloured chips - nice touch, but the chips were stale - all 10 of them... with no real salsa anywhere near. Ah well.. I had a slight sinking feeling, knowing that so many Mexican restaurants across Canada and especially the lower mainland are really poorly executed. But I can drive 2 hours to Seattle and get amazing Mexican food, authentic and priced for value!

Anyhow, back to the Taqueria Playa Tropical - the burrito I ordered had a TOUGH (stale) flower tortilla that was hard to cut. Inside was a luke-warm mix of steak (carne asada) with miniscule bits of cheese, if any cheese, but a TON of onions. The steak was so chewy and full of sinew and gristle that I had to spit half of it out. This is supposed to be a nice steak burrito! Oh, for $2.50 you can add rice and beans to the burritos. We did the side of beans, which came as a sloppy mess - cold and decorated with a sour cream design?! Yuck. This was all wrong. One at our table sent her beef tacos back because the beef was salted to the point it was like beef jerky. Over seasoned, and we insisted it was taken off the bill. I really wanted to like this place and find a good Mexican restaurant. but this wasn't it.

The atmosphere is extremely casual... maybe they should learn to do a great plate of nachos, push the booze and not try to pretend to do signature dishes from Mexican cuisine. This was terrible, but our server did a good job remaining friendly in spite of the low quality food. It was a great sunny day and nice to get out of there and go home to my bottle of antacid!

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Java Jazz Cafe and Bistro412 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Excellent!
By rcn of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

The music is mainly jazz vocal favorites. Salve has a powerful, professional voice and a huge repertoire. Guest vocalists are always interesting. Ed is a magician on the piano. Talented guest pianists and others often sit in. Food is great too! No cover charge. Reasonable prices for food and drink; welcoming, friendly, music-filled atmosphere. A wonderful place to spend an evening.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
near home pub with a view
By james.van of van can (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

Solid spot. Beer is always there to water with. Wine is available 750 ml or by glass. Pub grub is above average. People there do carry themselves a little better than normal.
Plenty of people have written about this pub, so my quick tip:
Yes, there is sometimes a sparse clienete but it gets busy later. But, good place, and my buds keep me from being thirsty :)

Enjoy!

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Happy Mom's Cafe821 12th Street, New Westminster
Best kept secret!!
By Marie2 of new west, bc (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

This is by far one of the best kept secrets in new west, maybe even the lower mainland.
The big portions and the great quality make this one of my favourite restaurants

I first stopped in for their $3.99 breakfast special, and I was not disappointed. Even though my breakfast was only $3.99 They prepared just the way I wanted it. The service was great, very attentive my coffee cup was constantly refilled and it was great coffee!!! I love my coffee and I have yet to find a restaurant that serves coffee as good as this.

The next time I went I ordered one of their $6.99 chinese combos. The taste was superb and the portion was so big I ate my lunch and took the rest home for dinner.

I now eat their on a regular basis....haha most weeks I even order take out instead of cooking:)

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Coming Home Cafe735 6th Street, New Westminster
Has Seen Better Days
By Rogarboy of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2013 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

This little place is the little restaurant that could could could but just quite can't can't can't. Things looked up for a bit there. The place was ok but things have degraded this last while.

The quality of the food items has definitely dropped. It used to be top quality products and over time things seem to have taken a nose dive in quality.

Still they have great eggs benedict but only on weekends. I was there last Saturday and watched in amazement at the amount of oil the cook put in the pan to fry eggs. They could do the back stroke and the amount of times he handles the food with his hands instead of using utensils is cause for concern.

Conversely to the quality prices have gone up dramatically. One of my favorites the Breaky Sandwich has gone from 5.75 just a few months ago to 7.50 today a 30.4 % increase. Wow! All menu items have risen sharply as well and it seems the average bill is now 12 to 16 dollars depending on what is ordered.

There are plenty of dining options in New Westminster for less that you also have wait staff to serve you and you do not leave smelling of grease. There is no wait staff at Coming Home. They have priced themselves out of the stratosphere.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
Safeway Chinese Beats This
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:34am [Dine in]

My gosh, what a huge disappointment. After reading the one review before this one right here on dinehere and after receiving a nice glossy handout delivered to my home recently , my dining partner and I decided to give this place a whirl the other night.

Arrived around 8pm to a nearly empty restaurant and were asked immediatly, before we even had our coats off , if we wanted water. We must say the service was pleasant and solid for the entire stay despite the staff horseing around in the kitchen and by the til , laughing and having just a great old time. At least it must be a fun place to work.

We ordered the dinner for two, included two spring rolls, pork fried rice, chicken chowmein and sweet and sour pork. First to arrive the spring rolls. These were your standard bulk purchased "Wings" style spring rolls, greasy and just plain blah. A short time later the remainder of our dishes arrived.

Not sure if they are trying to conserve energy back in the kitchen but "everything" was barely warm. Nothing was piping hot. The veggies in the chicken chow mein weren't even cooked. The broccoli and cauliflower were raw, same for the zuchini. We should of asked for ranch dressing because these veggies should of been dipped in something not served in what is suppose to be a hot chicken dish.

The pork fried rice was truly unspectacular, you can find much better at any food court. The sweet and sour pork was a smallish order with little bits of battered pork in your standard grocery store purchased sweet and sour sauce.

In three words, terrible chinese food. All of that plus a hot and sour soup for around 35.00 bucks.

As for the ambience, very clean and tidy, cafeteria style with four tv's playing Sportsnet and the music of QMFM playing in the background. Oye. Get me outta here.

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