There are places in my city that I often walk by without ever considering to enter. Local pubs are among these places. I don’t drink so I don’t have too many reasons to go to a pub. However, pubs do often have great food, so when my friend suggested we go to the Pubstone Pub in NE Calgary, I thought “why not.” I’d finally walk into a place I usually walk past.
Well, maybe I should have kept walking by.
I mentioned that some pubs have delectable dishes that make going there a nice change from restaurants, Pubstone is not one of those pubs. Here are some thing I did not like place.
1. Bland food. The food at Pubstone is greasy and tasteless. I ordered the Ciao Bella pizza and the crust was awful! It’s possibly one of the worst crusts I have had. It was like eating stale old bread, that was at the same time overly chewy. The sauce was salty but the toppings themselves wouldn’t have been so bad if the crust was decent.
My friend ordered a pasta dish, and he complained that his kid brother could do a better job. I had to agree with him because it was greasy and tasteless. The only thing good about his meal was the garlic toast.
2. Wrong order. I ordered the Ciao Bella pizza which was supposed to be topped with pepperoni, red peppers, green peppers, onions and mozzarella. The pizza that came out had sausage, ham and onions. If the place had been packed, I could maybe understand a mix up, but we were the only ones there besides an old man who was drinking, not eating, and four guys who were playing pool, also not eating. It also took forever for our wrong order to come.
3. Horrible service. The waitress was nice but a complete airhead. Not only did she not take our order down right, she took forever to bring us something as simple as water. She kept going on about how she wanted her boyfriend to come and take her home, while she flirted with the guys playing pool. When it was time to pay, she stood at another table swearing and complaining about her boyfriend forgetting about us. And that was what really annoyed me about her, she seemed to forget about each of her customers, except the four guys who just happened to be friends with her boyfriend…who she couldn’t stand. I had never met a more scatterbrained waitress. She was friendly, but she should not be a waitress, especially since she was complaining to anyone who would listen that she hated her job.
What I liked
The only nice thing I have to say about Pubstone is that it was clean. It’s also spacious.
The poor quality food and service does not warrant a second visit from me and I don’t recommend it to anyone else either.