Originally Posted by synergy
A new veggie restaurant opened in calgary in november called 'The Coup'. It's on 17th ave.
Anyone tried it?
I'm telling this to anyone who is interested. Save your money - this place is a ripoff! I've never had a worse dining experience. I went there almost two weeks ago, and both the door and the large, folding glass front windows were open, inappropriate for a February afternoon, letting in cold air AND exhaust fumes from busy 17th Ave. The smell of exhaust was prominent, and it's very unpleasant to breath such toxic air when you're trying to eat.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the prices would make one faint for what you get. For $8.50, I got a rather small bowl of peanut satay salad, with a paltry amount of satay dressing drizzled over a handful of greens, maybe four small pieces of tofu, and fewer pieces of broccoli. Once I had eaten this layer, I found a pile of unseasoned white noodles at the bottom of the bowl, with a few scattered peanuts. This should have had more dressing over it, but it didn't, and I have never tasted anything so bland. I couldn't shake enough salt on it. My two lunch companions had ordered similar salads, and we had to season these unappetizing noodles so often, there were times when we all reached for that overworked salt shaker at the same time, our eyes darting back and forth between us because no one could believe what we were going through to make our meal edible. I have since been told that this salad should have been stirred up, so that dressing coated everything--noodles included-- but there was nowhere near enough dressing for this.
The feeling among us of being ripped-off was unanimous. My diet is mostly vegetarian, so this is in no way a slam against such restaurants, but I've found from experience that one is more likely to get burned at a vegetarian restaurant. Is it because we are so desperate for the no-red-meat experience in Cowtown that we'll accept anything? I hope not!
When I complained to the restaurant owners a few days later--once my anger had lessened--the response I got was pretty much "I guess we can't please everyone."
I've had unpleasant restaurant meals before, but I have never felt so compelled to comment on the experience. This place doesn't deserve to stay in business if it doesn't start offering better food and better value! Needless to say, we won't be returning!