Well, sometimes you don't choose the restaurant, it gets chosen for you. So for the first time in years, I stepped into a Keg. I knew it had been a while when I had been expecting the floor to ceiling wood panels, black and white colonial portraiture and drunk waiters. Renovations have taken them out of the theme restaurant look, and now they have the bland "upscale casual fine dining" style of every hotel dining room.
The first few moments in any Macleod Trail restaurant in this city start the same. Without fail, you will be greeted by an underage girl, with dyed blonde hair, tarted up, whose made an assessment of the amount of either attitude or flirtation you deserve. Though the Keg clearly doesn't have the bug-eyed clientele that Joey Tomato's or Earls seems to garner, the song remains the same.
We sat down to dinner. Our waiter informed us of how sick he was of the weather, how he didn't like getting his feet wet, or the manual labour required of him at the start of the shift. Chatty staff... Regardless, food and drinks ordered.
My dining partner had a rib-in steak, I ordered a caesar salad and the oscar ribeye. I knew I was taking a risk on the bearnaise sauce, but I figured it would have (at least) been taken out of a bag for dinner, and hadn't sat in an insert since lunch. Tarragon was sadly absent, but I suppose they can sneak that on most of the clientele. The shrimp were chewy, scallops tolerable. The Ribeye was med rare to a T, and fairly good. The broiler cook is always pretty decent at a Keg.
Throughout the meal, the whirrrrr of the Margarita machine kept distracting - I was suprised that it was in such a central part of the restaurant - especially since they had a seperate bar. Waiter was attentive - came back to check on the steaks.
Ordered dessert - the usual dreadful Jackson Pollock routine with the caramel and chocolate sauce. I chose not to bother with a cappucino - I can't imagine they do enough.
So, dinner for two, just under 100 bucks, all in. I wouldn't pick it again, but given my experience with other Macleod trail dining spots, it wasn't too bad. I think that generally the service would be a bit more mature. The beef entree's are reasonably priced for the food cost, and you can count on it being done properly (medium rare is medium rare).