King Street Social Kitchen and Bar
A couple months ago, we visited King Street Social Kitchen and Bar during Summerlicious, making this review quite useless but read it anyway. We went with our friend, Emily, and we were each charged a mere $25 for a three-course meal including an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. We had three options to choose from for each portion of our meal.
Grilled Flatiron Steak with Polenta and Roasted Asparagus
Since we had just escaped the July heat, we decided to order the Sangria ($12) and White Ginger Pear Tea ($6) from their tea-over-ice menu. The sangria, although originally heavy on the white wine, mellowed out toward the end, and the tea was lightly flavoured with sweet pear.
To start, we ordered two portions of the Grilled Calamari with Tomato Salad and the Chilled Watermelon and Cucumber Soup – both of which could have had a more spruced up presentation. The combination of the salad and the calamari created an ideal mix of flavours, but it was necessary to eat all the elements on the plate to fully enjoy the taste. The soup was quite pleasing as well: it was flavoured with a balsamic reduction, but still very light and refreshing, something we appreciated on that hot day.
Left to right: Grilled Calamari with Tomato Salad, Chilled Watermelon and Cucumber Soup
For our main course, we all unanimously ordered the Grilled Flatiron Steak with Polenta and Roasted Asparagus. We found it a little odd when we saw that the steak was paired with polenta but once we started eating, the polenta, steak, and tomato salsa all worked well together. We all had it cooked medium rare and they gave us a good portion of steak that made for a perfectly satisfying main course.
For dessert, we each ordered one of the three options so we could try them all. The House Made Ice Cream Sandwich was by far our favourite. Ice cream sandwiches are reminiscent of sticky summer days, not classy restaurants. King Street served an updated version that, although still sticky, combined more elevated flavours, like strawberry ice cream and oatmeal raisin cookies. The Chocolate Truffle Cake was rich but still managed not to become overwhelming (not an easily accomplished task), and the Fresh Summer Berries and Mango Sorbet was a tad too tart. Dessert was easily the most enjoyable part of our meal.
Left to right: House Made Ice Cream Sandwich, Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce, Fresh Summer Berries and Mango Sorbet
Overall, this was without a doubt a pretty rad experience especially considering that it was only $25 a person. Since we went during Summerlicious, this was just a sample menu that provided a pretty accurate representation of what King Street Social actually serves. So if this was good, we imagine the rest of their food is quite splendid as well.