Restaurant Review

By Kamilla Singh

Taqueria Playa Tropical is one of the new addition in the culinary world in New Westminster. It had to acquire space in the adjoining old laundry and convert it to bigger space owing to the  overwhelming support of community.

The restaurant is trendy and friendly in the neighborhood where every second business is a restaurant. The Taqueria Playa Tropical offers an eclectic typical Mexican food. The management sources the best local and seasonal vegetables and creates innovative dishes and delicious daily specials. The décor is natural yet unique and dynamic gothic with beautiful art work displayed on the wall, plenty of windows to bring the natural light inside. The atmosphere is casual, so that one can relax and enjoy the special of the day or simply get the food ordered from the menu. Menu is also simple straight forward, great for lunch and dinner, this is a throwback to the glory days of good diner eats. The place has high ceilings with exposed colorful photographs. The vibe is friendly as the locals greet each other.

From soups to main course the name of the dishes are in Spanish, only the names are in Spanish everything else is in English so you can’t get confused. Barbacoa, soft corn tortilla with your choice of filling such as slow cooked beef, onions, and cilantro. As soon as you are seated come a dish full of chips and two sauces, the sauces are mild just right for my palate. I ordered Quesadilla, a folded 11 inch flour tortilla filled with fish and a side order of guacamole and sour cream. The flour tortilla is so soft and melted cheese, fish, onions, celery seasoning and cilantro. This dish you will expect to pay not less than 40 dollars a plate if you ordered in any restaurant in the big city like Vancouver. Food was delicious, enough to feed two people easily, knowing me than one.  Enchiladas is also very popular and all enchiladas starting from $11, to $13.

“Our signature dish is Monster Burrito, a rolled 13 in flour, tortilla stuffed with your choice of meat, rice, bean, and lettuce tomato, guacamole onions cilantro topped in the salsa roja and melted cheese with sour cream” said the owner Jose Escobar.

“We also have a great selection of Mexican drinks with tropical mixes and wines in here, especially the weather we are having now, customers really enjoy the tropical drinks, we also have Tropicanta Arita, this is Margarita with an upside down Coronita, we do special events, caterings and festivals plus private parties” he added.

“Our daily specials are also very popular and we have live music playing on every Friday and Saturday nights, this attracts a lot of locals plus we are fully licensed” he said.

Located at334-6th Street in New Westminster, open from 11am until 9 pm daily, seating for up to 70 people, Latin music is playing all the time. Give them a call at 604-544-5006.

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