Toronto Eats: King’s Noodle House in Chinatown
Highly recommended as the authentic place for Chinese food, King’s Noodle House in Chinatown Toronto is famous for their roast duck noodles and infamous for their bad service. Having a craving for Asian food 7 days into our holiday, my family was ready to take the streetcars down to Chinatown to test out those claims!
Having read many reviews online about their crazy crowds during peak hours, we decided to have dinner at 5pm instead, hoping that we would be spared off the bad service since the staff would not be too busy! It was not too difficult to spot the restaurant with its huge signboard and hanging roast meats at the glass windows. We walked in and were greeted by a boisterous and loud environment- iconic of Chinese restaurants and an open concept kitchen of chefs making noodles.
We were soon ushered to a table and a lady came to take our orders. Trying to convey our special requests for boneless and less fatty meats in both Mandarin and English proved futile as the waitress did not understand us and did not try to understand us either. Instead, she was rather impatient with us and seemed in a hurry though the restaurant was not even half full! That was one claim proven right. Now we were to find out if the quality of the food did justify that bad service.
Our first dish quickly arrived- Roasted Duck Meat ala-carte. First impressions were good and I was excited to have my first bite! Unfortunately, the meat was fatty, full of bones and much too salty! It was disappointing that not only did the waitress not get our requests, we were served with everything we had specifically asked not for!
The next Meat Combination dish- Chicken and Roast Duck was almost the same as the first. To give them the benefit of the doubt, the chicken meat or whatever lean parts of it was succulent, nicely marinated and flavoursome but there was not much of those because most of it was way too fat to be eaten.
The Roast Duck Noodles is a signature dish here and since I had already had two portions of duck, I was eager to try the noodles. I always love good springy noodles with the right amount of moisture! Unfortunately this one was much too dry and was only palatable after adding some soup to wet the noodles. The Bak Choy bunches were also messily cut and much too thick to be served.
The Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles too were nothing much to rave about.
We were all sorely disappointed with the taste of the food. Perhaps the chef had an off day or perhaps I failed in conveying my requests as I did not speak Cantonese. Either way, I came with great hopes for King’s Noodle House but left very unsatisfied. I am quite sure you can find much more authentic Chinese food in Toronto with way better service elsewhere!
296 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON M5T