After having a very positive experience at Keg's Yaletown location, we decided to try the Thurlow one. Unfortunately, from the beginning, a few flaws in service left a bad aftertaste with us.
1. We reserved a table for 7, but seeing that we have two young children, the hostess placed us in a table for 6, putting four on one side with a long bench seat, and three in single chairs on the other. The bench is fine, but the table itself was not quite adequete for four to dine on. So we felt cramped.
2. The server never smiled throughout the entire night. No enthusiasm, and appeared rather impatient at times. When we were served the salad, I asked him if I could request to have my steak done Chicago style, and he said he'll have to check although he thinks the kitchen has started cooking it already. My mind is thinking, I was just served the salad, which would take me 10-15 minutes to finish, and they're cooking my steak already (which was to be medium rare and therefore should not take a long time to prepare)?
3. When a different server brought our entrees to the table, he dropped a crab leg onto the table with the meat touching the table surface. He put the leg back onto the plate, and proceeded to serve it. I looked at him and said didn't that fall off the plate, and told him to replace it immediately. He agreed, but instead of just taking that one leg to the kitchen, he took the whole plate along with the steak. The sous chef himself then brought the plate back a couple of minutes later and said the crab leg will follow soon. This caused the steak to cool over time.
4. At the end, when my father asked for the bill as our server was clearing up our table, he said "Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm getting it. I'm just gonna take your plates away first". What's wrong with simply saying "Yes, right away"?
While it was not disastrous and I've had worse service, we were disappointed as this was in sharp contrast to our experience at the Yaletown location.
Another negative about Thurlow location is the noise level, which may be due to its low ceiling.
As the title suggests, if it wasn't for the food, the evening would have been a dull one.