As part of the post-engagement celebrations I met up with CP at the Hub Restaurant in New Westminster. I like that the location is central and conveniently located right at the New Westminster skytrain station.
As a starter, we ordered the Wok Squid to share. The portion wasn’t as big as I had hoped (picture below is the full size) but the squid was tender and I really liked the Asian-inspired ginger and chili seasoning as well as the spicy aioli. The hint of heat was delicious. I would’ve liked the batter to be slightly crispier, though.
Actually I was contemplating about getting the Lobster Wings, i.e. battered lobster tails. According to our server, the number of lobster tails is determined by weight, so for $14.5 there may be 5 or 6 pieces but it’s not for certain. It sounded rather pricey and the skeptic in me was worried that the lobster tails would be tiny, so I didn’t go for it.
For entree I had the Grilled Pork Cutlet. I don’t usually order pork at restaurants, considering pork chops can be overcooked easily and chewy, dry pork isn’t fun to eat. Not here!
The gigantic pork chop was moist, well-seasoned and grilled well. It was such a big portion I couldn’t believe my eyes. I really like the tanginess that the honey mustard sauce has brought to the plate, which helped cut through the fat and grease from the meat. The mashed potato was buttery and creamy.
I also tried a bite of CP’s Mac & Cheese. It’s cute and fun that they didn’t use the traditional elbow macaroni and opted for something longer, which I think was Cellentani. The sauce was cheesy and creamy and it was served in a piping hot cast iron pan. This came with a decent size green salad as well, which balanced out the richness of the mac & cheese.
Initially we were quite curious about the Deep Fried Rice Pudding, but we were so full after the starter and mains that we had to opt out for dessert. Would love to give it a try another time!
Our server was nice and friendly, and she was patient in answering our questions about the menu.
I should point out, though, that their bathroom is very dark. The lighting was quite dim that it became a conversation piece at the table and in the bathroom. No one seems to understand/know why it’s so dark in there.
Overall I thought the food was quite good but was a bit pricey for pub food in New West (the pork chop was $24!). The location is convenient but I’m not sure if it’s worth the price tag attached to it.
344 – 800 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster