After reading all the rave reviews I had to try out the Cornish Pasty Co. for myself. The Cornish Pasty Co. serves one main dish a variety of ways, the English Pasty. The Cornish Pasty Co. has two locations one in Tempe and a new location that just opened in Mesa. I ventured over the location in Tempe and found it to be hidden in an older strip mall. The parking lot was completely full, which had to be a good sign. After finally finding a parking spot I headed inside.
The inside is a very narrow dark diner style restaurant. The Cornish Pasty Co. is about 80 feet long and only 10 feet wide and half of those 10 feet in the width is taken up by the kitchen. The left side of the restaurant is an open style kitchen with bar chairs along the length of the restaurant and the right side has small tables pushed up against the wall. There is only one table in the very back next to the back exit that can seat 4 or 6 people. There is almost no walking room at all. As I walked in there was already a wait and all the tables and bar chairs were full.
It seems that they are lacking staff as I stood at the front of the restaurant without anyone volunteering to help for several minutes. Finally some other patrons who were waiting had let me know that one of the staff members had told them a while ago that they were busy and would be seated when there was and opening. They also told me that he was the also waiting the tables, taking the orders, and helping in the kitchen. The wait is much too long.
Since I’m vegan I had ordered my meal ahead of time knowing that they would have to prepare it specially. I had viewed the website ahead of time which has their large menu and was told that the Veggie Oggie was a good choice. I went ahead with that order specifying for them to make sure that it was vegan. In addition to having their menu on their website they also have pictures of several of the Pasties that they serve. They look extremely large and when I walked into the restaurant I could see that they really were that size. I was finally served and slightly disappointed to find that my Pasty was half the size of the pictures and other patron’s meals. Since this was still more than enough food to fill me, I didn’t press the wait staff on why this was, however I’m assuming it’s since it was vegan.
The Pasties do smell amazing. They are a large dough pastry pocket filled with your choice of ingredients, however usually some form of potatoes is included. The Veggie Oggie included potatoes, rutabaga, onions, and mushrooms. I opened the white butcher paper the Pasty came in to find the piping hot Pasty enclosed. The Pasty came with a side of ketchup, which I dipped it in and then tried it. The pasty shell was really terrific, however I found the filling to be somewhat bland and mostly consisting of just potatoes that didn’t seem to be seasoned. I’m not sure if this was a one off or if most of their filling is like this. I did end up finishing the meal, but it was not as amazing as most other reviewers have made it out to be.
The Pasties range in price from $5.50 to $8.50, which is reasonable, however I’m not sure that I would go back. Other than the woman that answered the phone and placed my order ahead of time, the service was slow and the staff did not pay attention to you. The food was mediocre, but different from the usual.