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May 30, 2009 10:24 AM

New West ideas for lunch tomorrow

Just realized we'll be in New Westminster for lunch tomorrow sans good chow references. Can anyone help in a hurry?

I searched and found the following possibilities:
Anny's Dairy Bar 722 6th Street at 6th Avenue 604-515-1410 mainly for the maple syrup twist with real ice cream but also has poutine and smoked meat sandwiches (owned by a quebecoise) -- 2008 rec by gourmet wife

Tamarind Hill across from royal City Centre, near 8th Street 628 6th Avenue
604 526 3000. -- gelfball Apr 30, 2008 -- good for Singapore laksa, good value, delicious -- kwailan4 likes the chicken rice

Alibaba posted for recs in Jan of this year, noting Top Sushi 457b East Columbia St.
604-759-3183 close to the Royal Columbian Hospital... it was pretty good value for the amount of food that they give.

victoriafoodie replied with Amelia Restaurant 640 12th Street 604-522-3288 "great greasy spoon, cheap breakfast, hangover cure extraordinaire" and

Burger Heaven "incredible burgers and shakes " 10th St 77 10th Street 604-522-8339 plus a couple of others I couldn't track down (not enough info).

Any thoughts on these or other ideas would be welcome. TIA.

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  1. Ooops, Top Sushi not open on Sundays but everything else listed is. Must watch out for that...

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    1. re: grayelf

      I don't the area at all....but I'd love a report on that maple syrup injected ice cream!

    2. Still love Amelia's - we go there every time we're in New West even though we live on the Island now.

      But for lunch? Burger Heaven, all the way.

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        1. re: grayelf

          So the verdict was diner food for our New West lunch and I opted for Amelia's. Turns out the little bro used to go there all the time "back in the day" so it was a blast from the past for him. The room is pretty plain but it was full on this Sunday with eager eaters. Usual diner fare (breakies, sarnies, burgs etc) joined some Asian stuff (wor wonton, anyone?). Nothing much over a tenner, most around a fiver. This is good value, straightforward grub. If you ask for a salad instead of fries it will be iceberg. Here's some shots of an omelette, a clubhouse and the special chicken wrap. Satisfying, speedy and inexpensive, with friendly family as staff and convivial locals at every table as my sociable niece discovered. What's not to like?

          *not to be confused with Amelia Cafe, also in New West...

          After looking at a few more houses (heritage tour), it was time for ice cream (yup, fmed, we made it to Anny's just for you). As mentioned above, the specialty here is a maple syrup infused soft serve, which comes in an Island Farms ice cream base. This really hit the spot, though I found after the first few slurps I couldn't really taste the maple anymore -- frozen taste buds, maybe? Definitely worth a stop if you are anywhere nearby. The specimen pictured set me back $3.75 IIRC.

          Amelia Restaurant
          640 Twelfth St, New Westminster, BC V3M4J4, CA

          Anny's Dairy Bar
          722 Sixth St, New Westminster, BC V3L3C5, CA

          1. re: grayelf

            That Maple syrup injector....what a great invention.

            1. re: fmed

              Last minute decision to hit the Royal City heritage house tour tomorrow after a few years hiatus. Any other places to consider for a Sunday brunch/lunch in New West?

              1. re: grayelf

                IIRC Sam Salmon recommended roti at and Angus An of Maenam just opened up a NW outpost

                1. re: el_lobo_solo

                  els, you rock! Thanks to you (and Sam) we will eat well today. I also remembered Taqueria Playa Tropical as being worthy so we are covered but anyone else who wants to chime in, I'll check here on my mobile!

                  1. re: grayelf

                    There's Re-Up BBQ at Westminster Quay, just in case !

                    Have a great day & brunch/lunch :-)

                  2. re: el_lobo_solo

                    Another vote for D Roti Shak! We like their casava pone too!

                    1. re: flowbee

                      We hit up Taqueria Playa Tropical and D Roti Shak. Tried half a dozen different tacos and some flautas at the first. Nice preps on all the taco fillings, without any goopy braising sauces, yay! Especially enjoyed the fish ones. Flautas were tasty if a tad overcooked. We'll be going back for sure as the atmosphere and service were both just right. Only had doubles and pholouries at D Roti, along with three interesting beverages: sorrel juice (a bit heavy on the cloves), mauby (made with a special tree bark, kinda licoricey and very intriguing) and peanut punch (a bit like peanut lassi). Found them all too sweet but worthy.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Forgot to mention that the salsa verde at Taq Playa Tropical is outstanding. Not spicy (though it builds up a bit of a burn), just very very tasty and well balanced. I think we went through half a bottle!

                        1. re: grayelf

                          Is it just me or does anyone else find TPT's salsa verde to be overly salty? (or maybe it was the tortilla chips?) I found myself drinking a lot of water with them. I would agree it's pretty good otherwise.