GT2 (536) Carlsbad, California | July 12, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting place across the street from Taps Fish House and Brewery in the Dos Lagos shopping center in Corona. Menu looked great, unfortunately everyone’s food was subpar in general and just very poor for a gastropub. Pastrami sandwich was chewy and dry, goat cheese/onion flatbread had raw dough taste and the caramelized onions tasted like water. Shepherds pie was bland, the poutine explosion was a bit much and wasn’t really enjoyed. The tap list was surprisingly good with a good dose of California beers: Karl Strauss, Port, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Bootleggers, Packinghouse, Manzanita, Weins..and then a handful of German and Belgian stuff. Also had GI Sophie Paradisi on which was a surprise. Sampler flights available. Service was quick but a little too much with the fanfare/entertainment portion that grew annoying. Clean atmosphere that has a semi steam-punk feel but not thoroughly drawn out. Interesting place, the only problem is the food was a major letdown to the point where I’m actually shocked they have not fired the chef or at least taught him how to use salt and make things like bread, pizza, and caramelized onions. Value is low because for similar money I could go to The Salted Pig in Riverside, which is an actual gastropub.