At Chow Bella we go crazy for $10 lunches, so you can only imagine the excitement we felt when the sign outside George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub advertised a $5 lunch. Once the happy feelings wore off, a bit of skepticism crept in, because how good can a $5 lunch really be? We had to check it out.
From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. lunch options include fish and chips, shepherd's pie, Cornish pasty and a quarter-pound sirloin burger, but after perusing the menu, you'll find only three menu options are $5, and the other choices can range up to $8.99.
Sticking to the $5 selections, the shepherd's pie was an obvious choice. Regular price is $10.99. It wasn't until after the meal we realized that G&D charge extra for cheese and gravy on the side, making the total $6.50.
The mashed potatoes had a smooth consistency and were perfectly seasoned, making them the most memorable part of the dish. The gravy was just a bit warmer than room temperature, and the ground meat inside wasn't much better. On the bright side, the meat was seasoned well, partly making up for the temperature mishap.
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The portion size was appropriate for lunch, and for the $5 price tag, we just wish they would've offered us more to be more thrilled about.
The quarter-pound sirloin burger rings up to exactly $5, but again, nothing special to report on, just a dried out patty with virtually no seasoning -- and a stale bun.
It's safe to say this wasn't the best $5 we've ever spent. We'll stick to drinking at George and Dragon.