Paddlewheeler Neighbourhood Pub
My best way to describe the Paddlewheeler Neighbourhood Pub at the Quay in New West is “old”. Don’t get me wrong, they have a fairly big patio that overlooks the boardwalk and large screen tvs all over the place but everything about this pub feels a bit tired. When we stopped to look around at the other patrons, we noticed that we were probably the youngest there by a long shot (and we’re not spring chickens anymore).
The music playing in the background was mostly stuff from the eighties and nineties (which I didn’t mind too much). They also had a tv dedicated to online poker that you can play while you eat.
The Seafood Sampler ($12.95) was smaller than I expected and came with shrimp purses in wonton wrappers, torpedo shrimp, and bacon wrapped scallops. All typical deep-fried pub grub – to be fair, they were pretty good. The shrimp purses were juicy and had plump shrimp while the shrimp tempura was equally tasty but not very filling.
I picked the Bacon Cheeseburger ($10.95) along with a side of Onion Rings ($2.49). While the burger (which came with tomato, lettuce, and onions) and onion rings were fairly average, I did enjoy the thick-batter fried pickle – it had quite a bite to it.
The dishes here are pretty classic old school pub food and they could use an update to rejuvenate the place (and at least replace or wash the sticky menus). After our lunch, we left a bit wanting so we picked up a pulled pork sandwich at the Re-Up BBQ shop in the Quay.
810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, BC