Time really flies when you are out enjoying the sun and eating delicious food with friends. The weather has been amazing this past week and I hope you’re all enjoying the sun as well!. After getting off work last Friday, my coworkers and I headed to The Keg in Yaletown to unwind and have a little get together before they leave for a trade show in Los Angeles. This was my first time going to their Yaletown location and I was extremely impressed with the ambiance of the place. The decor inside is very bright and modern compared to the dark and old school feel of the Coquitlam Keg that I usually go to. The top floor of the restaurant features a beautiful open air patio that is seated on a first come first serve basis.
We arrived at 6:45pm and the place was packed and busy. Thank goodness I made a reservation in advance or the wait would have been at least an hour. So if you decide to go on a Friday night, I’d definitely recommend making reservations. We were seated on the second floor and ordered appetizers and drinks while waiting for a couple more people to arrive. One interesting thing I noticed is that every item on the menu is $1 higher than other Kegs. Given the better ambiance and environment, I don’t mind the extra difference in price.
CL and I shared the crab cakes ($12.95) for appetizer. The crab cakes were smaller than I expected but it was filled with chunks of crab meat and tasted very fresh with a little squeeze of lemon. The seasoning was right on and the addition of celery gave the dish some much needed crunch. We both enjoyed this dish but it’d be nice if the portions were slightly bigger.
For my entree, I ordered the 12 oz prime rib ($26.95) with seasonal vegetables, au jus and horseradish. Prime rib has always been my favourite ever since I was little and this one did not disappoint me at all. The meat was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was so tender that I didn’t really need to use a knife. The crust on the outside tasted amazing with The Keg’s secret rub and the flavours were further intensified when I dipped the meat into the delicious au jus. The only complaint I have is the piece of meat I received was kind of fatty, but I have to admit that the fat does contribute to the flavour and juiciness of the final product.
CL ordered the creole chicken ($24.95) at the recommendation from my friend at the table. CL enjoyed her dish and the portions were big enough for me to get a couple bites too. The chicken breast was grilled and topped with a shrimp and scallop seafood sauce with cajun seasoning. The chicken was charred on the outside with beautiful grill marks while staying tender and juicy on the inside. The seafood sauce was a little sweet for me but it tasted fresh and complimented the chicken well.
We were all too full from our mains to have any dessert and decided to call it a night and headed over to my co-worker’s condo for some drinks. After chatting with my party, we all agreed that we had a good time at The Keg in Yaletown. The atmosphere was exceptional and the food was good with only a few flaws. We will definitely return and maybe try the lobster summer menu next time.