Going to The Keg is a pleasure and treat for my family and I. It’s a treat that we all enjoy, and we usually have a great experience seeing that all three of us are steak lovers. This time, I surprised the boyfriend and he joined our family as well (he had no idea where we were going until we arrived at the parking lot! my surprise was a success!)
It was also his first time ever at The Keg, which was pretty surprising for me, but I’m glad he finally tried it and was able to share that experience with my family. My parents and I noticed that the dishes this time around were not as great as they were before, it seemed as if The Keg had cut down on their quality and quantity of food. That said, it wasn’t bad, just not as good as we had before!
I forgot to take a picture of the exterior since it was pouring rain. The location we went to was in Burnaby, right beside the Costco. They have an ample parking lot, and also lots of street parking. We had a reservation at 7:30 and arrived on time, but we had to wait around 15 minutes to actually get seated.
We were seated at a booth at the far end corner of the restaurant. It was a good seat as it was quieter in that area than the rest of the restaurant. Our server was prompt to greet us. Right off the bat, he informed us that they were running low on prime rib that night, and to tell him if we were planning to order that so he could reserve it for us. After about 10 minutes, he returned and told us that he reserved some for us and took our order. Here’s our dinner!
This was the complimentary sourdough bread that came with our order. We were disappointed because last time we came here, there was a variety of bread in a bigger basket. The Keg really cut down on their bread, which is a disappointment.
When you pay for a $35 entree, you are also paying for the experience and sides that come with it. Since The Keg is seen as a more upper scale restaurant, you would expect better quality bread. They most definitely can afford better bread when they are charging that much for food, but I guess they simply don’t care. It was not a good start to the meal as it gave off the impression that they were becoming cheaper!
I really liked the quality of their strawberry margarita. I thought it was blended perfectly, and the strawberries tasted really fresh. I enjoyed the texture and the taste of this drink a lot. It was a pretty big glass too! Bottoms up!
Granville Island Winter Ale. If you haven’t tried this, you’re missing out on life. Seriously. One of my favourite beers to date.
Mom’s 12oz prime rib medium rare with twice baked potato & onion rings. It was too big of a portion for her, she regretted ordering a 12oz because she felt too full. Ended up packing the twice baked potato. She thoroughly enjoyed her prime rib though. It was very tender and soft.
Dad’s 12 oz prime rib with stir fried vegetables, medium well. I don’t think he enjoyed this as much as before. Said it wasn’t juicy enough and felt dry. I think he was a bit disappointed, he would have probably liked it done medium or medium rare instead!
David’s New York Striploin with Keg Fries. His striploin was noticeably more juicier than our prime ribs. You can tell by the second picture how juicy it was! It wasn’t as tender as our prime rib, making it have a tight texture and a bit of chew, but that’s to be expected since it’s a striploin.
He thoroughly enjoyed his dish, except for the fries. The fries were extremely, extremely, salty to the point where I could’t even handle it (and I love my sodium filled foods- see my post on my battle with msg addiction). It was coated with so much salt that we couldn’t eat it! That was a bit disappointing but overall, the NY striploin itself was great!
My 10 oz prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes. I thought this was pretty delicious. The meat was really tender which is a sign of great preparation and cooking. It was seasoned perfectly as well!
I remember last time we came here, the prime rib came with four different sauces so I was disappointed it only came with two this time. Overall, it was good and I liked that it was soft and tender. The garlic mashed potatoes were done perfectly and delicious!
For dessert, we ordered the mini fudge brownie with a side of vanilla ice cream. Guys, I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious this was!!! For starters, we were really surprised when this came because it looked pretty big. We thought the server accidentally brought us the full size.
The chocolate brownie was delicious. On the top was melted dark chocolate, and the brownie itself was really warm and decadent. What made the vanilla ice cream stand out was the caramel on the top. It brought out all the flavours of the dessert perfectly, and balanced the taste of the brownie. Details like this is what I really appreciate and look for when I write my food reviews. We mixed each bite with the brownie and ice cream, and it was like heaven on earth. It was really the cherry on top of a great meal.
Conclusion: Overall, we had an enjoyable visit to The Keg. Our server was very helpful and patient with us, and I appreciated the fact that he let us know that the prime rib was running out. The quality and taste of their dishes are on point. Speaking specifically about my dish, the prime rib was seasoned and cooked perfectly.
Although our food was delicious, our prior visit was tastier and our dishes came with more choice of side sauces (instead of just horseradish and steak sauce). Comparing my visit from last year, I noticed a decrease in quality but I wouldn’t say it was bad, just not as good as it used to be! I would recommend coming here before their quality and tastiness drops again!(Hahahahaha kidding! …I think)!
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