Lunch with Big D has become somewhat of a chore lately. You see, we've done the North Road Korean food thing and it has become increasingly difficult to find good eats nearby. Well, why not go further West in to New Westminster? Yes, New West is not exactly a culinary hotspot, but then again, there are quite a few restaurants within its city limits. There has to be something relatively good right? And really, I have had decent eats in the past, why not again? So at his suggestion, we hit up Thai New West on Columbia.
We ended up sharing 3 lunch specials much like the time we visited Go Thai down the street. Next time, we should just do 4 since we never have a problem finishing the food. Each special was accompanied by a Spring Roll. They were crispy while not greasy. The filling was a bit dry though which made it a little hard to swallow. We tried the Pad Thai first and it was pretty mild with a pronounced sweetness that at first, we thought was ketchup (however, this is not the case, maybe there was a lot of palm sugar?). Therefore, it neither had any tang or real depth of flavour. We would've liked to see a bit of spice too (but I guess they are appealing to the lowest common denominator). The textures were okay though.
Next up was the Basil Chicken. There was no absence of palm sugar as it was pretty darn sweet, but in then end it did taste good though. Nice wok heat leading to a full-bodied flavour. The chicken was sufficiently moist while the veggies crisp and vibrant. As for the Green Curry, it was also mild (not much coconut milk essence nor shrimp paste, yet did have a pleasant flavour). It was on the thinner side. When combined with the rice, the flavours were washed out. From our meal here, it is pretty apparent that they are appealing to the masses, hence the food is mild bordering on bland. With that being said, it wasn't bad either.
- Modern dining space
- Okay pricing
- Flavours are very mild
- Service is okay, but only one staff member makes it challenging