Thanks to a super cool Facebook contest, Phoenix, Alice and I found ourselves at The Terminal Pub having lunch. We were a bit skeptic at first, (from the outside the building looks pretty dodgy, and shares the parking lot with a XXX store) but once we entered the restaurant we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it is! A large fireplace, booths seating, a large bar, lots of wood accents. It’s a nice space.
The building hosting The Terminal Pub has been part of New Westminster for a very long time, and like any place that’s been around awhile, it has its own mythology surrounding it.
We were told by the staff that some nights, the closing shift hears footsteps upstairs. (The upstairs is a vacant storage room). Also there’s been reports of a ghostly figure appearing near the freezer in the kitchen area.
The building used to be a hotel back in the day, and other stories include one of Frank Sinatra drinking at the bar alone.
So this place gets props for the cool factor. Now to the food.
On the table:
Mussels, sausage and fries ($11) – chorizo, fresh mussels in a saffron broth and drizzle in a garlic aioli.
This is a great dish to share, and the broth was very savoury – this was my favourite dish and my recommendation.
The steak sandwich with yam fries ($13) – This 6oz sirloin steak comes with garlic bread and sauté onions. The steak was perfectly cooked medium rare. Great value for the price.
The seafood salad ($13) – mussel, shrimp and salmon pieces tossed together with baby greens in a citrus fennel, lemon vinaigrette. My dining partners feedback was that the salad needed more seafood.
The Beef Dip ($15) – This sandwich comes loaded with roast beef and melted cheese and sauté onions.
We washed all this down with a “Salty Scot” – a Parallel 49 ale with hints of salted caramel.
The food is better than your average pub fare and the portions are very generous! The Terminal Pub also features a good selection of local beers and has daily food and drink specials. Follow them on Twitter @TheTerminalPub