Taqueria Playa Tropical has been a staple in the New Westminster neighbourhood. I hear people raving about the Mexican food all the time. While I was in the neighbourhood, M and I stopped here for lunch. I really like Mexican food, so I wanted to see what the hubbub was all about.
The place was cute and wasn’t anything fancy. When we walked in, we had a very awkward experience. We stood by the door for a while not knowing if we should seat ourselves or wait for someone to seat us since the empty tables all had dirty plates on top of it.
We got a hunch the service wouldn’t be as attentive as we would like, but thats ok since we wanted to see the quality of the food.
They recently took over the shop next door and expanded their seating area. They try to keep all their customers in one area if it’s not a crazy amount of people here.
Complimentary chips arrived. I love complimentary chips, but sadly these were a bit on the stale side.
There’s also some sauce on the side you can put on your chips or on your food.
To quell our thirsty souls, we got horchata and Pineapple flavoured Jarritos.
Horchata came in a tall glass and it tasted good.
Chicken Flautas comes with 4 deep fried fautas with chicken in the centre. It is then topped with veggies and sour cream.
Monster Burrito with carne asada and topped with spicy sauce. It was huge! It has the grilled steak, melted cheese, guacamole, cilantro, and onion inside. M really liked it and he just barely finished this.
Overall, the food we had a was decent. Nothing too mind blowing. We will probably be back to try other things on their menu. The service was poor, so we waited a while to order, a while to get our food and a while to pay the bill. Apparently, it’s normal, so it’s not a quick place to eat and go.
We Rate Taqueria Playa Tropical:
334- 6th Street
New Westminster, BC