Without a doubt, The Keg is one of the top-spots in the lower mainland to have a top-notch steak dinner, and memorable experience. While everything on The Keg’s menu is fantastic (their Prime Rib, most notably), 604 Now went in and did the brunt work for you. We stopped in to The Keg Yaletown on Mainland to sample their new Winter Grill Menu, and we were not disappointed. If you want a front-runner for the night, skip down to the ‘Keg Stuffed Filet’. Here’s a little recap of what you need to try during your next visit to The Keg:
The Keg is always a great, classy environment, with wonderfully friendly staff. What’s great about the Yaletown location is that obviously, in the heart of Yaletown you’re bound to have a good time. The two-level dining room has tons of seating and amazing window-seats overlooking the brick-paved street in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This is a great place to bring out of town guests or take someone on a wicked date. Our server’s name was Dani, she was incredibly warm and had a ton of knowledge about the Winter Grill menu.
Though it isn’t on the menu, if you are a red-wine enthusiast, ask about Jam. Jam is a Cab/Syrah/Zinfandel blend exclusive to The Keg restaurants that is hidden in the back of the wine cellar. It is tantalizingly smooth, enough so to pair with anything from steak to fish to ribs, but also fruity and sweet while still being full bodied. Bar manager Milanie Sarciron brought out this bottle especially for us to taste, saving us having to choose from their extensive wine list and creating a unique, personal experience.
The Keg Pick me Up is 2 parts Bailey’s Irish Cream, and one shot of espresso over ice, a delicious coffee-treat for a post meal wind down.
The Lobster Bisque
Anyone who likes a good soup can find the perfect comfort food in the Keg’s knock out lobster bisque. While the temperature could have been hotter on the soup, the flavours were on point; tons of shredded fresh lobster, a creamy broth, and a surprisingly light consistency, perfect for a rainy Vancouver evening. If you don’t like seafood, the French onion soup is rich and filling enough for a full meal.
The Beef Carpaccio
The paper-thin sliced beef is an Italian classic, and is often topped with capers and a pepper-noted sauce. The Keg’s version is simple, topped only with cracked black pepper and drizzled with a balsamic glaze, which adds a nice tartness to the beef. The dish is served with the traditional side of arugula, shaved fresh parmesan, and a lemon wedge. The cracked pepper was the perfect touch. The only critique was that we wanted more.
The Kansas City Strip
This is not for the faint of heart. The Kansas City strip is a 12 oz New York bone-in striploin steak, charred to perfection. There is a ridiculous amount of flavour in this steak from that bone running along the cut, and the steak itself is massive. We would recommend it with The Keg’s garlic mashed potatoes, and cooked medium to ensure the thick cut releases it’s flavourful juices.
The Stuffed Filet (a must-try)
I ordered the stuffed filet upon Dani’s recommendation, and she wasn’t kidding. There is only one thing that can be done to up-the-ante on the number one cut for tenderness, and that is stuffing it with more delicious things. The Keg has, in a genius move, decided to stuff the filet with Capicollo, dates, feta, and jalapeños, and if that wasn’t enough they also wrapped it in Applewood smoked bacon. Order it medium rare, and with the twice-baked potato (bar none the best steak side on the menu). The meat was like butter, literally melt-in your mouth. While I had reservations about the dates being too sweet, combined with the briney feta and the spiciness of the jalapeño it was perfectly balanced.
The Brownie Sundae
If you have any space whatsoever left in your stomach by the end of your meal, the chocolate brownie sundae is the perfect sweet ending to your experience. Warm brownie, vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce and topped with a maraschino cherry. This is a dangerous one, if you’re a chocolate lover you need to try it.
Ultimately, If you’re looking for an awesome experience and top-notch food, The new Keg Winter Grill Menu is one of our top picks.
Review by: Alycia Sundar