Taste of Zest of New West

Last night I was guided around 5 different restaurants in different areas of New Westminster to taste some of the featured dishes on the Zest of New West menus before the tasting festival gets underway on October 15th.

Each restaurant/lounge was quite different, each had different characteristics, features, ambiance, service, types of food etc. Of course by the end of the evening I had my own favourites from within the mix.

Zest for New West is a culmination of some of the areas leading restaurants who have designed a special prix fixe menu showcasing some of their favourite dishes for you to enjoy. This is the 4th year running for this tasting festival which runs from October 15-24th at twelve restaurants in New Westminster. Something interesting about the promotion as that diners are rewarded with chances to win prizes such as wine tastings and more.

I tasted a fair number of dishes on this tasting tour and here are some of the highlights along with details on each of the establishments.

The Heritage Grill located downtown New Westminster.

$35 Three Course Menu

Zest of New West Menu

Apple Cilantro Crab Cakes

Moules Frites

Steak and Prawns

Slow Braised Lamb Shank

Heritage Grill

The Heritage Grill

447 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC

(604) 759-0819

Email: dine@theheritagegrill.com

www.theheritagegrill.com

Note: Full sized portions were served as shown in the photos above.


RedBar Lounge in the Starlight Casino in the Queensborough Neighborhood.

$20 Three Course Menu

Zest of New West Menu

Tossed Greens

Butter Chicken

BC Wild Salmon

7oz Sirloin Steak

RedBar Lounge

RedBar Lounge – Starlight Casino

350 Gifford Street

New Westminster, BC

(604) 777-2946

Email: reservations@starlightcasino.com

www.starlightcasino.ca/restaurants/redbar.html

Note: Taster sized portions were served as shown in the photos above.

Lu Rustica in the Uptown neighborhood.

$35 Three Course Menu

Zest of New West Menu

Veal Scalopini

La Rustica

LaRustica

228 6th Street

New Westminster, BC

(604) 525-6355

Email: lasrustica@telus.net

www.larustica.ca

Note: Full sized portions were served as shown in the photos above.

Drink Urban Lounge located downtown New Westminster.

$20 2 course menu, $30 1 course & bottle wine, $30 cheese try & wine for two

Zest of New West Menu

Maple Soy Salmon

Trio of Dips

Drink Urban Lounge

Drink Urban Lounge

609 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC

(604) 525-4411

www.tagpubs.com/drink/

Note: Full sized portions were served as shown in the photos above.

The Terminal Pub in the West End Neighborhood.

1 course ranging $9-$11

Zest of New West Menu

Flatbread Pizzas

Johnny Canuck Burger

The Terminal Pub

Terminal Pub

115 12th Street

New Westminster, BC

(604) 522-6545

Email: info@theterminalpub.com

www.theterminalpub.com

Note: Full sized portions were served as shown in the photos above.

On my tour around the city, I met some of the restaurant owners, chefs and servers who were all so passionate about their cooking, and their restaurants. New Westminster is in a flux of change with condo towers and shopping centres in construction mode, a new river front project soon to open, with excitement in the air.

By: Richard Wolak