Boathouse (New Westminster)
I hate it when I go to a restaurant that I usually like eating at and things aren’t as good as they usually are. For instance, I usually like dining at the Boathouse in New Westminster. Since we haven’t been to it in a while (and we had some gift cards to use up), we decided to try their weekend brunch.
When we got there, it was pretty dead… which we thought was kind of odd and you’ll see why later.
We started out with a cup of their Westcoast Seafood Chowder. I’ve had their chowder before and I recall it being pretty good. This morning, it was fine, but it seemed to be missing something… like it wasn’t as rich and creamy as it usually is.
Next up was their Firecracker Shrimp Skillet. This was pretty good although I was surprised that the shrimp seemed a tad mushy near the tail. I think that’s usually an indication that the shrimp wasn’t the freshest… which seems odd since it’s “Shrimp Fest” at the Boathouse right now. Maybe it was just in the way the dish was prepared Oh well, it tasted good and I’m still alive right now so no food poisoning thankfully.
I wanted to order the Lobster Grilled Cheese Benny but was told that they were all out. Now, how exactly they could run out, I’m not entirely sure. The menu said it contained lobster meat, grilled cheese, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce with a drizzle of basil oil. The Boathouse is a seafood restaurant and it was 11am… there were only 3 other diners in the restaurant… how exactly can they run out of lobster? Maybe it was the cheese? I know they had eggs and hollandaise sauce because I decided to go with the Crab Cake Benny instead.
I was a little underwhelmed when this dish finally arrived. As I mentioned before, the place was dead… most of the other diners had already left but it took a long time for our food to come out. It seems a bit odd because, seriously… how long does it take to poach an egg? If the restaurant was packed, I could see the kitchen being a bit slow, but it was really slow. As for the food, the crab cakes were a lot smaller than I expected. As were the potatoes and fresh fruit. Maybe it was just because they served in on such a large plate… but there just seemed to be a lot of empty space on the dish.
Don’t get me wrong, the poached eggs were done nicely. I had a bit of trouble tasting the crab cakes though as the flavour got lost with the yolk and hollandaise sauce.
Next, we had their Prime Rib Hash which was really not that good.
I’m guessing that serving the dishes in the skillet it was cooked in is supposed to add to the presentation but the problem is that they used so much oil when they cooked the hash. It was simply swimming in oil! The “toasted” olive bread might have been good if it had actually been toasted (a crisper texture would have been a better contrast to the hash which was a little mushy due to the oil).
If you’re looking for a brunch, you’d be better off with the prime rib hash at Milestones.
I feel a bit bad because maybe they were just having a bad day. The dinners we’ve had there were much better so I’ll throw in some pictures of a dinner that we had during Lobster Fest…
Awesome crab cakes. I think the ones in the crab cake benny were about 1/2 the size.
I think this was the firecracker shrimp (just not served in the skillet). I think it’s best if they don’t serve it in the skillet. The lobster bisque was pretty good.
I recall the westcoast seafood chowder tasting much better than at the brunch.
This was their sirloin with lobster thermidor when they had their Lobster Fest still on.
Grilled salmon with lobster tail.
And, finally, desserts.
Great place for dinner… but probably a pass for brunch.
Food: 2.5 / 5 (for brunch)
Service: 3.0 / 5 (for brunch) – our server was nice enough but I expected a little quicker service considering there was no one else there.
Take a look at our latest visit for Crab Fest at the Boathouse.
900 Quayside Drive,
New Westminster, BC