Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Bent Mast, a brief restaruant review

The Bent Mast review

The Bent Mast is a cute little pub inside an awesome, large Victorian house in James Bay. My best friend and I recently went there for dinner.

The pub was a charming house, but the interior was bland. It appeared they used the layered sponge painting technique on the walls, something that was only briefly popular in the mid 90s. The rest of the decor consisted of LED christmas lights hung in various parts of the room in an attempt to cheer up the dimly lighted, dull room. They didn't work, personally, I think LED lights are on of the ugliest things ever invented. The table placement was also strange, in order to save space they had pushed some of the tables into the corner so you had to sit staring at the wall. For someone who spends 90% of her time people watching this is not ideal. Although the tables and chairs were cute wooden ones, very comfy. There were other tables but they were larger. The bathroom was another issue, it was all the way up stairs and down a hall. It was very neat and clean otherwise, but just in a strange location.

The food was decent. I got the buffalo chicken kaiser and my friend got a beef burger of some kind. My was more sour tasting, than spicy and I wasn't expecting the chicken to be breaded or in strips, which just made it harder to eat. It would have made more sense to just have a burger and less messy to eat too. One thing that I can't complain about was the yam fries. They were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and they had just the right amount of seasoning. The chipotle dip didn't come with the meal and fries, but came with the appetiser which I didn't think made sense, because who wants yam fries without dip? We order the dip anyway and it was good too, also a little less spicy than I expected, but maybe that was just wishful thinking.

The staff was helpful, but not excellent our waiter brought us two menus, which were identical, but failed to tell us why. He also looked forgot one of the specials, otherwise he was attentive and friendly. Although I have to say I'd rather we'd had the cute bartender/server attending us ;). 

I didn't take any pictures of the food because I didn't think of it at the time, but next time I do this the post will definitely be accompanied by pictures! Anyway hopefully you enjoyed this, even if your not from my city. I'd say this place is worth checking out, if just for the cute house and a couple of beers, not so much for the cuisine though. I'll rate it 6/10. 

Hopefully I'll something a little more fun/interesting/entertaining for you in the next couple of days. Possibly another list! 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a quaint restaurant! I hope you enjoyed it! :)