Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:54am [Dine in]
The Kings Head has never been a great place to go for good food or even good drinks. It's a dive but a predictable dive. I've been there many times in the past and have at least received decently priced drinks with OK pub food. My standards for this place are low at the best of times - they managed to fail to meet those.
Last night (St. Patrick's Day) was so awful. My friends and I got there early and it wasn't busy, however, it still took 30 minutes for a waitress to come by and ask us what we wanted to drink, it took another 20 minutes to receive those drinks (4 pints of Guiness and 1 highball). The drinks are usually watered down at this place but it was worse than ever before! My highball came in a 4 oz cup - i believe 2 of those ounces were ice and the rest a dash of sode and a pinch of alcohol. Worse yet my straw was barely long enough to reach over the top of the mini cup. Why? Because they were cutting the straws in half!!! You could actually see the crease and cut marks. The lime that was forced onto the edge of the cup was cut so thinly that you could see through it. I know some people don't use their limes but I do and I was totally annoyed.
I ordered the 2 piece fish and chips like I always do and it was 1/2 the portion that it ususally is. I understand portion sizes are too big and we all eat too much but don't give me a kid size meal and charge me adult prices. That was outragous! I seriously could have fit all of the fries I received into my plam. My friends meals and drinks were no better. Frankly I think they were worse. My boyfriend's cheese burger smelled and tasted like fish.
The atmosphere was worse than usual as well. They had some horrible act on that was singing to pre-programmed midi files on his keyboard. The only saving grace of the night was when 2 guys came up to sing - I've seen them at the pub before, they were amazing and I was so sad to see them go. AND the toilet in the womens washroom overflowed and no one was cleaning or attending to it. EW.
Don't go to the Kings Head. I'm OK with dive bars but I want ones that are a value.
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Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 7:59pm [Dine in]
My boyfriend and I decided to go to Mistral French Bistro for Dine Out Vancouver. They had a $28 menu and it was well worth it. The food was delicious and well presented. We both had the Steak Frites as our main and it was correctly cooked, seasoned well and had a fantastic peppercorn sauce! The chocolate mousse was to-die-for. Even better was the service! I want my server to be attentive without being overbearing and that's exactly what we received. The staff was welcoming, genuine and efficient. I would recommend this restaurant to any of my friends and would go back anytime.
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