800 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M3N8
Tel: (604) 524-1381
June 24, 2012 – Dinner
Written by: Second Stomach
Snowman and I were invited to the The Keg tonight to dine with colleagues and friends. Our group sat upstairs and I quickly discovered that the floor often rumbled beneath my feet. I quickly forgot that after we sat down and had some food. Tonight, we got our usual selections.
Our dinner tonight:
Tempura Snap Peas and Asparagus
Keg Caesar Salad
Prime Rib (16 oz)
I really enjoy the bread they serve here. The bread has a crispy exterior, is very soft inside, and served very hot. Perfect with the whipped butter.
Tempura Snap Peas and Asparagus – $7.95
– We felt like an appetizer tonight and decided to try something different off the menu. Our dish tonight came to us served hot.
– The snap peas and asparagus were lightly battered and very crispy. Surprisingly, the asparagus pieces were better than the snap peas. I think we expected the snap peas to be really crunchy but some of the pieces were a little stringy.
– The sauce that came with this dish was a soy sauce. Actually, I wasn`t very fond of this sauce – it was too salty and liquidy. I would have preferred a more appropriate tempura dipping sauce (something a little sweeter with a thicker consistency).
Keg Caesar Salad – $6.95
– This is your typical Caesar Salad – crisp romaine lettuce and aged parmesan cheese in a creamy dressing.
– I was actually a bit disappointed with this salad tonight. I found there was way too much dressing (you can probably see that in the photo above as well). I also prefer more garlic and this was missing tonight. The concept of having aged parmesan makes sense but I didn`t find that it was strong enough.
Prime Rib (16 oz) – $33.95
– The waitress described to us that the prime rib here is served medium-rare. I find medium-rare is the best way to serve beef so I was happy to hear this. Today, we chose to have a twiced baked potato to come with our meal.
– Although the prime rib appears to look medium-rare, I honestly felt that it tasted more like a medium-rare to medium (where was my pool of blood on my plate?) so this really was a bit more on the well-done side than what I would have preferred. Also, every time I have prime rib, I can`t help but compare prime rib to that served at Smuggler`s Inn in Calgary (one of my favorite restaurants for prime rib). I know it`s a little unfair, but sometimes you can`t help but remember certain standards! Anyway, this prime rib was relatively flavorless but overall quite tender. The horseradish here is very strong so be careful not to use too much. The au jus was way too salty – so again be careful not to use too much!
– Along with the prime rib was the twiced baked potato which came with cheese and bacon bits and grilled vegetables (red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini).
Here`s our bill tonight:
Having already been to multiple branches of The Keg at different locations, we consider The Keg to be fairly consistent – good service, decent food and steaks at relatively reasonable prices (for steaks). There are definitely better steak houses out there, but for a chain restaurant, The Keg is a reasonable choice especially for larger groups and for a casual get-together and for when you don`t want to be spending an outrageous amount for steak.
– Service tonight was really attentive.
– Consistency. Each Keg generally delivers good service and food at reasonable prices.
– Don`t come here if you`re looking for an amazing steak experience. Steaks here are decent but not outstanding.