When we were in Toronto, we took a day trip of sorts to Niagara Falls. It turned out to be more fun than I expected and before it was time to head back to Toronto, we wanted to have dinner first. Since we were only in the area for one day, I wanted our dinner to be nice and to also have a view of the falls. As you would probably expect, it was difficult to find a reasonably priced location with a view of the falls that also had good food. After a bit of searching, it seemed like most people recommended The Keg at the Embassy Suites Hotel due to their great location and view and since The Keg is a chain, you pretty much knew what to expect.
When I called ahead to make reservations, I was told that they did not take reservations but given that we were arriving early (around 6pm), there should be no problem to snag a window seat. However, when we arrived, we were told that other parties had all reserved the window seats already so we were resigned to sitting almost at the window. I was a little confused by the contradictory messaging but at least half of our party had a great view of the falls.
We decided to start with a few of us sharing the crab, parmesan, and spinach dip. The dip was pretty similar to the spinach and artichoke dip at Milestone’s actually and was pretty thick and creamy. Due to the delicate flavour of crab in general, I found that it was pretty lost in the dip due to the strong flavours from the parmesan and spinach.
At this point in our Eastern Canada trip, we had been eating out for quite a while and believe it or not, I was starting to get a little tired of it all. I also knew my vegetable intake was nowhere near to what I normally ate at home so Jenkins and I also shared a mixed greens salad. It was a fairly simple offering of, you guessed it, mixed greens along with cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and red onions. The vinaigrette dressing was just a basic balsamic and although unspectacular, the veggies were all pretty fresh so I was satisfied at least with the nutritional content of my salad.
I really wasn’t feeling overly hungry that day so rather than order my own main, I decided to steal a little of Grick’s and Jenkins’ orders. Grick decided on the prime rib, which came with fried onion bits and a twice baked potato. I can’t remember which size of prime rib Grick ordered but as you can see, it was a healthy portion size. He ordered the prime rib rare and it was very flavourful and tender. Eaten with the crunchy deep fried onion bits, the prime rib was pretty good. The highlight of this dish for me was actually the twice baked potato, which had bacon bits mixed in with the potato flesh, which was then piped back into the potato and baked. This was definitely not healthy but the potato was very creamy and had plenty of bacon flavour.
Jenkins opted for the honey BBQ ribs along with a twice baked potato as well. The ribs were tender although not of the fall-off-the-bone nature and although tasty, I would have liked for there to be more marinade. It was a good thing that they supplied a little dish of sauce so we could up the flavour component of the ribs a little more.
I know I said I wasn’t overly hungry that day but somehow, I still found room for dessert. Grick, Snoopy, Jenkins, and I decided to share a Billy Miner Pie, which is basically a mocha ice cream cake with an Oreo crust, hot fudge, caramel, and toasted almonds. Mocha ice cream is one of my favourite flavours so I really enjoyed this dessert and the toasted almonds added a nice amount of crunch. I also appreciated the fact that they didn’t overdo it with the caramel and hot fudge sauce.
Our dinner at The Keg was pretty standard and it pretty much met our expectations. The service was pretty prompt, which we appreciated since the restaurant was pretty busy and was actually serving many large groups that evening, including ours. I actually don’t eat at The Keg very often even in Vancouver so it is a little difficult for me to compare the food, but I was fairly satisfied with our mains and a little less so with our appies. I do have to say that the awesome view more than compensated for any potential deficiencies in the food but you just need to know what you’re getting yourself into.
9th floor, 6700 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario