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Playa Tropical Mexican Restaurant

I know, I know, another post about Mexican food. What can I say, it’s what I’m craving lately.

I’ve heard really good things about this small Mexican restaurant in New West. I read Sherman’s review, and aside from him being my favourite food blogger, he has a reputation for telling it like it is.

Looking at it from the outside, the place is pretty humble. But once you go in, the restaurant is clean and cheerful. It was packed when we went in. (Always a good sign!).

I’ve read reviews about the service being really slow. On my visit, I found it to be friendly and more than adequate. I got no complaints.

The prices are reasonable: $2 – $2.50 for tacos and most menu entries are under $15.

Looking at Foursquare for tips, I read that the Carnitas Taco ($2) was not to be missed.

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Good tip! Succulent slow roasted pork with onions, cilantro, tomato, guacamole and lime. Simple, but definitely worth the hype. I’m also a fan of their Carne Asada taco ($2.5) – grilled steak, guacamole, tomato, onion and cilantro. Perfectly marinated steak, I recommend getting this one.

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Another taco I tried was the Vegetariano ($2) – refried beans, guacamole, tomato, onion, lettuce, cilantro, sour cream and cheese. It had a good mix of flavours. Really good refried beans. To compliment the tacos, they have a couple of home made sauces at the table – a roja and a more spicy verde sauce. Both pretty tasty.

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Aside from tacos, they also have tortas, burritos, quesadillas, soups, and a choice of Platos Fuertes (entrees). I recommend the Carne Asada ($11.50) –  a 8z grilled steak with a side of refried beans, guacamole, Mexican rice, pico de gallo and two small quesadillas. Lots of food, and good. The steak is tender and well marinated in Mexican spices.

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For a small place, their menu is decent. I found the prices are very reasonable for what you get, and the quality of the food was really good. Definitely worth the trip to New Westminster. They’re also fully licensed, so you can add a Margarita to your meal no problem!.

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