The Keg Steakhouse (Yaletown) – Dine Out 2012
It might seem a bit strange to pick The Keg for a Dine Out night… usually, you would think that this is the perfect chance to try out restaurants that you’ve never been to before instead of going to a chain restaurant but the price point for The Keg’s Dine Out offering was too good to pass up – $28 for appy, entrée, and dessert.
The Yaletown Keg is quite visually stunning… a large lounge and bar on the lower floor and cozy tables located on the 2nd floor that overlooks the open atrium, multi-story fireplace, even a roof-top terrace. One of the drawbacks of sitting upstairs is that it’s a long trip down if you need to use the washroom or plug the parking meter outside (and the cost of parking in Yaletown is atrocious). Of course, they do have an elevator if the huge staircase is too much for you.
Our Dine Out began rather oddly – our server had brought us regular dinner menus and when we asked about Dine Out, she said that they had a new dinner menu feature so they didn’t have the Dine Out menu. It was starting to sound a bit like a bait-and-switch was going down but she went and checked, and sure enough, the Dine Out menu was still available… they just forgot to bring the menu out.
I was pleasantly surprised that, in addition to the $28 Dine Out menu that was advertised on the web site, they also had a $38 Dine Out offering that included my favourite… the 16 oz Rib Steak. It was a good thing too because my other choice would have been the Flat Iron Steak on the $28 menu but they were all out! I had a great Flat Iron Steak during our last visit to the Still Creek Keg.
Our meal began as it usually does at The Keg… freshly baked Sourdough Bread with whipped butter.
For our appetizers, we chose the Keg Caesar Salad and the Baked Garlic Shrimp. I think The Keg does a pretty good job on their Caesar – it’s not the best I’ve had but it’s fresh with a creamy dressing.
The Baked Garlic Shrimp was pretty good – although I think the shrimp were a tad on the small size. They come served baked in a ceramic escargot plate (the same one they use for their Mushrooms Neptune). The dish is both cheesy and oily – I would normally say too oily except it was perfect for dipping with the bread that came with the dish. A little crunchy and slightly crusty on the exterior, I think I liked these little bread wedges more than the sourdough bread that came earlier (and that’s saying a lot because I really like their sourdough bread).
One of the choices for the $28 Dine Out menu is their signature slow-roasted and hand-carved 10 oz Prime Rib. Now, I know that prime rib cuts usually comes with a healthy amount of fat to it but I think the cut that you see in the picture below had an excessive amount of fat on it – anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 of this prime rib was pure fat. From a taste perspective, I think they were having some problems cooking their prime rib – of the 4 orders of prime rib that our table ordered, I think most came out either over or under-cooked. On the plus side, their horseradish had a really good kick to it tonight – there’s nothing more disappointing that having bland horseradish.
Since there was no Flat Iron Steak tonight, I went back to my standard order… the 16 oz Rib Steak cooked Chicago-style, medium-rare. The steak itself was cooked perfectly to a juicy medium-rare but the Chicago-style char might have been the slightest bit over done this time. The rib steak is known as being flavourful and tender due to the marbling, but just like the prime rib I mentioned earlier, there seemed to be larger fat pieces in my steak (aside from the marbling) than I’m used to getting at The Keg… perhaps the person in charge of trimming the meat was having an off night.
We were having a late dinner and I was really hungry but I was surprised that I finished the whole plate…. crispy onions, mushrooms, and twice-baked potato included. You’d think that after that huge amount of food that we’d be full… but this is Dine Out and you also get you choice of Cheesecake or Billy Miner Pie with your meal. And these aren’t small versions of their desserts – these are full-sized, supremely rich, made-for-sharing desserts.
The cheesecake came topped with cherry sauce. While I’m not a huge fan of cheesecake, it was a very creamy dessert that would satisfy the sweet tooth of many people.
This epic monstrosity is the Billy Miner Pie – mocha ice cream on a chocolate crust with hot fudge and caramel drizzled over the whole thing and topped with sliced almonds. After the huge meat fest that we had, the cold ice cream really hit the spot. I think the only thing that could have made this better would have been freshly whipped cream. This dessert would normally be big enough to satisfy two people but I somehow managed to finish the whole thing.
As far as service goes, it was a little slow and our server seemed a bit awkward. For some reason, all through the night, when she came to refill our water glasses, she’d only fill them up half way. I’m not sure if they were having a water shortage and she was just trying to ration our water but as soon as she came by with the water, one or two sips and we’d need a refill again. It almost felt like that Oliver Twist story where we kept saying “please, may we have some more?” Plus, her dish-clearing techniques left something to be desired… on more than one occasion, I was almost certain that she was going to drop something on us.
Food: 3.5 / 5
Service: 3 / 5
1011 Mainland Street
Posted on February 16, 2012, in Desserts, Restaurant Review, Steakhouse and tagged Billy Miner Pie, Food, Prime Rib, restaurant review, Rib Steak, Steakhouse, Vancouver, Yaletown. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.