The Keg? A palace of beef is no place for a vegan, or so I would have thought. My Mother, while sorting through some stuff, found a couple of Keg gift cards that she didn't plan to use and gave them to us. I looked at the Keg's online menu and learned that they served vegan meatloaf and I was intrigued! So there is no sense in wasting gift cards!
The Keg in Abbotsford is on West Railway neat South Fraser Way and we could barely even get a reservation for 2 people, 2 days later. All I'm saying is,don't show up without a plan, especially at peak times. This is a popular place!
They started us off with a nice little loaf of crusty bread which I forgot to photograph but you know what bread looks like. I think it was sourdough and it came with whipped butter... no, not vegan butter. I enjoyed the bread anyway. We ordered their Deep Fried Cauliflower, the only vegan appetizer on the menu. It was pretty decent. The cauliflower was not overcooked and it came with a sort of teriyaki-style dip. Nice!
The Vegetarian Meatloaf (why don't they call it vegan meatloaf?) was very nicely presented. I ordered Keg Fries for my side which turned out to be...fries. They were just OK. Both of our meals came with green beans and beets on the side. I appreciated that vegetable effort as they were a step up from frozen cubed carrots and peas. The meatloaf itself was a nice mix of chickpeas, mushrooms and so on with a spicey kick from chipotle. The shoestring fried onions on the top were a nice touch. I was pretty impressed that this place could turn out a decent plant-based meal. They also offer a Mediterranean Cauliflower main and cauliflower mash as a side but one can only eat so mash cauliflower.
My wife ordered a steak because she is her own person and is not a vegan (unless I am cooking). I chose not to post a picture of it because of the direction I am taking with this blog and because you've seen steak before. The Keg is a noisy fun place (Superbowl was on the bar TVs.) and a great place for carnivores. It turns out that a vegan can survive a meal or 2 also which surprised me. Service was friendly and very good.
Food 3 1/2 out of 5
Vegan options 3 out of 5
Comfort 4 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 3 1/2 out of 5
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