Reflecting on this evening of ‘dates’ and feeling the onset of a serious food coma, I’m charmed by this historic little city (fun fact: New Westminster was the original capital of British Columbia) and all of its culinary offerings.
Slowly but surely, New Westminster has made a name for itself amongst those who want proximity to downtown Vancouver, combined with a tighter-knit community and a strong sense of history.
During the summer, Fridays on Front—an open-air market with food, music and licensing that allows you to stroll freely, local beer in hand—is a prime example of what makes this neighbourhood desirable.
I promise myself I’ll return soon, if only to take advantage of the excellent happy hour offerings.
My hunger wavering and my feet beginning to ache, I head up to Hub and grab a seat on the south-facing patio overlooking the mighty Fraser River.
Most of us are familiar with the task of deciding whether to pursue an ongoing relationship with a restaurant after only a few bites of a signature dish.
Armed with an open mind and an empty stomach, I set out to see if these five Royal City hopefuls could impress me (and my taste buds) in a short amount of time.
Arguably one of the best restaurants in the neighbourhood, and quite possibly the Lower Mainland, El Santo has been a game-changer for New Westminster’s dining scene since opening its doors in 2015.
This modern Mexican restaurant immediately makes a great first impression with its polished concrete floors, globed chandeliers and other handcrafted decor details.
Clearly Piva is offering something New West was waiting for—unique, accessible independent restaurants in its cozy downtown core—because when I walked in without a dinner reservation, my only options were a high top in the lounge or a seat at the bar.
Luckily, their sparkling, sky-high liquor shelves and marble topped bar are easy on the eyes.
Dating in the digital era is no easy feat—but when you swap singles with small plates, it’s much easier to swipe right.