Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tartan Tavern - Rich's Restaurant Review

I've been going to the Tartan , for a very long time ...  years before I was able to order myself a pint , My parents used to take me there for a pub dinner ( On the rare occasion that we ate away from home )
So I figured they should be one of the first reviews I did , and in fact this was the first one ... I just typed up the other two ahead of this one .

The Tartan , is the Tartan ... It is an original , not quite an English or Scottish pub , and not quite Canadian either, its in its own little world .  

Several years ago, I gave up on eating here .. the food was geared to the college kids that fill the place every Friday and Saturday night , the food wasn't horrible , but it certainly wasn't something to brag or blog about !  Then they had a menu rewrite , a good  burger , a proper English curry , Liver n Bacon ..  The had my attention , and I was willing to try again.   This was probably 2 years ago , and for a while I was a regular again , then life and some new restaurants in town I slowly stopped popping in.

Until I decided I wanted to try my hand at reviews ... So off I went with memories of tasty homeburgers and curries .


Guinness ! Love it
They have a good mix of Canadian and British Beers on tap 

I was not 100 % sure what I was going to order , and decided to ask the waitress what was the most popular these days ,,, It was still the burger .  Easy choice , I opted for the mushroom cheese burger with fries , and a shared bowl of onion rings .
I should mention , when they rewrote the menu , I LOVED their burgers !  Was nice to be able to go out and get a real burger, something that just was not available . ( It is now, future post will show you that ) So my expectations were rather high ... I was happy to see they still had a homemade patty , fresh lettuce , onion and tomato :) Even the fries looked crispy , but sadly thats were my excitement ended .   Canned mushrooms , what I thought were frozen fries  ....  I actually had to ask , turns out they were fresh cut , but tasted JUST like frozen to me .  What should have been the star of the show , had lots of good beefy taste , I will give them that ... but the texture was awful , way to soft both the burger and the bun fell apart while I was eating .  

Tasty , but obviously frozen ones :( and I have an issue with those silly little plastic sauce cups
Not impressed . 
Gillian had the Fish and Chips ... good portion size , but more plastic containers and so so fries . 
See, it sure looks good  ! I will try it again ... someday 

Taste : Good All round
Texture : Blah .. burger fell apart , too soft , fries had frozen texture
Value : Not too Bad
Service : Always Good
Overall : Okay , I will return , I know they can do better
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