Mesa >Cornish Pasty Co
Fantastic and Delicious, a very unique restaurant. A++.
It's unfortunate that both previous reviewers had a unsatisfactory experience at Cornish Pasty and it appears they were both present for the same dining experience. I don't think it's fair to have this amazing restaurant judged unfairly by one table, so I'll offer my thoughts!
I feel that Cornish Pasty is an excellent restaurant with a unique atmosphere. Every person I have taken there loves the food and the beer, and its become the restaurant of choice amongst my friends for get-togethers.
The restaurant offers an extensive menu for the customer, filled with unique pasty recipes that will satisfy every style and flavor imaginable. There's traditional pasties such as shepherd's pie and peppered steak to spicy Indian, Italian, and Cajun flavors.
Just don't forget what you're ordering... pasties originated as warm meals on the go for English miners, so if you go in expecting a more traditional "Americanized" menu you will be disappointed. However, if a laid back pub atmosphere is more your style, this place is fantastic.
Also, I recommend reading the reviews for their location in Tempe as well. Since it's so close to ASU, that seems to be their more popular location.
Tasty Pasty or Not?.
When I walked into the Cornish Pasty Co., I felt as if I was walking into a pub from another time. The atmosphere was very laid back and had an almost underground feeling to it. I went to the restaurant with a few friends and expected great food, great service, and atmosphere due to their previous experiences. But I was sorely disappointed with my taste of the Cornish Pasty Co.
The restaurant had long wooden pews instead of tables and chairs. The pews were far from the table and even farther from comfortable. I could hardly reach the table. The only positive thing about the set up was that my friends had issues reaching the table as well.
The food was mediocre at best. I ordered the Cajun Chicken Pasty, which was served with a spicy dressing on the side. When the food arrived, after waiting 15 minutes, it was lukewarm and not desirable to eat. My glass of soda was refilled only once, despite how quickly I was drinking it down.
Our waiter was horrible! Instead of being interested in our experience, he was only interested in listening to his iPod and enjoying a meal of his own. He was even doing the dishes by our food. It was ridiculous.
The prices were acceptable, about $8.50 for a pasty. In my opinion, however, I overpaid. I went into the restaurant expecting to walk out fulfilled and wanting to return, but I honestly doubt that I will. I feel as if I wasted my money and my time.
Had Better Before....
When I walked into the Cornish Pasty Co, I was met with the smell of warm bread and beer. I had a gut feeling that this restaurant would become one of my favorites. The restaurant itself is very low key, and it has a somewhat “indie” feel to it. The tables are long, and sit between pews as opposed to chairs. My friends and I were seated immediately and our server got our drinks quickly.
Once the orders for what we wanted to eat were given, our server nodded and returned in about 10-20 minutes with our food. I ordered the Philly Pasty which had Swiss cheese, meat, peppers, and onions inside of it. The crust was nearly perfect: golden, flaky, and crispy. However, the entire pasty was moderately warm. The food was still good, and the crust was still delicious; it just wasn't hot enough. The food was served on a metal plate, and the silverware was clean, something I always look for.
The soda that I ordered lasted throughout the whole meal which almost never happens. The drinks are served in heavy glasses and are big enough that you rarely need a refill. Our server came by twice to ask how we were doing, which was good: he wasn't too needy, nor did he neglect us. However, I did see our server listening to his iPod and eating a pasty of his own while on the job. Needless to say, that sight did not inspire much confidence in our waiter.
For the most part, it was a decent dining experience and I would go back again. However, the next time I go in I will make sure my food is still hot when it reaches my table and my waiter isn't listening to his iPod instead of working.
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