Classic charcuterie with a touch of the exotic at Quantum Deli & Bistro

Setting a new standard for café quality in New Westminster, Quantum Deli and Bistro brings a little slice of Yaletown to our Downtown area (cat-sized dogs not included).

Setting a new standard for café quality in New Westminster, Quantum Deli and Bistro brings a little slice of Yaletown to our Downtown area (cat-sized dogs not included).

Quantum Deli & Bistro, at 41 Sixth St. in New Westminster
Quantum Deli & Bistro, at 41 Sixth St. in New Westminster

Quantum offers a killer cup of coffee, gorgeous decor, free wifi and a touch of the exotic with its homey paninis and soups. Look for unusual fare like za’atar alongside the egg salad sandwiches, and ma’amoul (date-stuffed sugarless cookies … oh so yummy) next to the shortbread.

Every table is set with a small, modern arrangement from Queen’s Park Florist. The menus are displayed on digital screens. Quantum is probably one of the only New Westminster eateries to be written up in an interior design magazine (Or so the owner mentioned last time we were in. I didn’t catch the name of the publication, unfortunately).

I maintain that ordering decaf is the best way to tell if a restaurant’s coffee is up to snuff. Decaffeinated coffee is almost always terrible, and only quality beans make it worth drinking. Quantum serves 49th Parallel coffee, which my coffee snob friends tell me is the good stuff (not like my taste buds couldn’t tell).

Quantum also sells sliced deli meats, cheese, olives, roasted red peppers and dolmades at or below grocery store prices.  They carry sandwich cheese favourites like Havarti and Edam, but there were also some I’d never heard of before. After sampling a few cheeses, we walked away with some mellow Kashkaval and salty Nabelsi. It’s worth noting that Quantum also provides meat & cheese party platters, also at grocery store prices (while offering far better quality food).

All in all, I’m very impressed, and I plan to be back.

Quantum Deli & Bistro is at 41 Sixth St. Next time you’re in the area, instead of waiting in line at the Starbucks on Columbia, duck around the corner and give Quantum a try instead.

Briana Tomkinson

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10 comments

  1. Congratulation's on such a great review Quantum! Completely deserved so much work went into this restuarant.

    Hakim and Katrina bring personality to downtown New Westminsiter, and the decor is impressive.

  2. Well this does not surprise me in the least to see how well received Quantum Bistro is. With the attention to detail and quality that both Hakim and Krystyna bring to everything they do, nothing but the best would be acceptable. The strong duo have not only superior design sense, a taste for fine foods, but they know how to act as welcoming hosts to all who have the opportunity to be their guests. We are very proud of the great space they have created for all to enjoy. All the best to you! Looking forward to our next visit in for a cup of your delicious chai latte and some tastie treats.

    Cheers!

  3. Great to see. When I pass through the area, I'll make a point of stopping by. Any place with good coffee gets my attention.

  4. So I wanted a coffee and I made point to go into Quantum. I can say, they got it right. The space is just the right size and with just the right amount of seating. But now about the important stuff, food and drink. The food menu looked interesting and worth a return visit. My guess the place has been influenced by a Montreal style deli. I’m a big sandwich fan and when the staff is prepping ingredients in house in gives my a warm feeling. I only tried the coffee because that’s my thing but the shop is a great addition to New West.

  5. New West lacks an excellent deli with great meats, cheese and breads; it also lacks a Deli with excellent well-priced sandwiches and great decor. This is the niche that Quantum Deli Bistro will fill. we can visualize a well-designed and well-managed organization that attracts customers equally for the quality of the food and the quality of the experience. Quantum Deli Bistro will attract walk-by customers, yet its food, its interior, and the execution of its branding will also attract customers drawn to it as a destination. Ultimately, customers will speak well of the food, and, upon entering the space, will wonder if they have somehow been transported to a place more refined than the typical New West restaurant.

  6. I have to chime in and add my praise for Quantum. I am so happy to have this great new place to get fresh olives, delicious paninis, and a perfect cup of coffee. Love it!

  7. Wow, what a nice design, I tried a Cappuccino and the Soup/Sandwich combo it was amazing, I will be back for sure to try the Paninis, they look so good, talk about quality, this is the place to sit and enjoy the perfect Cappuccino and Latte, it reminded me of Milano, Italy

  8. Unfortunately Quantum is no longer. I saw a for lease sign in the windows and there was a letter posted on the glass saying you should find a local business and support, so I am guessing business wasn't going too well. I loved this place and it always seemed busy around lunch time. Gonna miss my build your won sandwich and the smoothies.

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