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King's BBQ Chicken

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on August 11, 2012 / review policy

Kings BBQ ChickenKings BBQ Chicken Restaurant is tucked away in the end unit of a strip mall at Keele and Rogers Road. It's ideally located to fueling a long shop at the nearby Value Village or recharging after a bike ride on the Humber trail. I'll be back knowing I will leave full.

Although I always enjoy a rotisserie chicken, I was drawn to King's because it's a Chifa restaurant, meaning it's a Chinese restaurant that uses common Peruvian ingredients.

King's has plenty of comfortable booths to sit in and enjoy either counter service for dining in or take out. We decided to do as most locals do and eat-in and be amidst a crowd made up mostly of construction worker dudes. They didn't even seem to mind watching Dora the Explorer which played on the TV while we dined.

Kings BBQ Chicken TorontoWe came hungry after a bus ride from Keele Station and couldn't wait to dig in once our first dish arrived: lomo saltado. For those who enjoy poutine I highly recommend the lomo saltado ($7.99). A mountain of what looked like saucy fries arrived on the service counter and from across the dining room an older lady screeched to us that it was ready.

Upon closer examination the dish was a mixture of fries stir-fried with sirloin strips, red onion, scallions, and tomato. It didn't take us long to devour the salty, spicy treat.

Kings BBQ Chicken RestaurantUp next was a quarter chicken dinner. The chicken skin was certified sticky, salty, crispy excellence and the meat beneath it held its moisture and shared the skin's flavour. At $5.99 the generous serving was a good deal and included a side of fries and salad, both simple (fries: pale, formerly frozen, salad: iceberg, ranch-ish dressing) and, for us, unfinished.

Kings BBQ Chicken Restaurant TorontoWe didn't wan't to go out for Peruvian food without ordering ceviche ($12.99). What the kitchen created was a generous portion of whitefish coarsely chunked and piled high with thinly sliced red onion, bits of spicy aji amarillo, and topped with coriander. The fish in the ceviche was underdone. When the lime has enough time to fully "cook" ceviche the pieces are easy to bite through because they are fully tenderized. These pieces were like roughly chunked blobs of sashimi which didn't work for the whitefish used because hard threads of sinew remained that could not be chewed through.

The flavour was good though, sharp and limey, a nice contrast to the oilier taste of the lomo saltado but I couldn't get down with the texture of the fish and abandoned the dish after a few bites.

In between tasting each dish we cleared our palates with bottled Chicha Morada ($2.00), a beverage made of purple corn, and diet Inca Kola ($1.50).

What we liked about this restaurant is, truly, you eat like a king. On top of the generous portions the atmosphere is super comfortable, clean, and seating is private enough for a date. While the ceviche was a letdown we still left explosively full and satisfied. We waddled over to the bus stop and made our way back home.

Kings BBQ TorontoWriting by Dana Seguin. Photos by Chistopher Luna.

Discussion

14 Comments

rick mcginnis / August 11, 2012 at 03:10 pm
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I had chifa in Lima (hey - a rhyme!) some years back, and have always wondered if I could get the stuff here. And now you tell me that I can - LITERALLY RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM ME!
Richard / August 11, 2012 at 08:54 pm
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It would've been nice to see a review of a Chinese/Peruvian restaurant that included more than one of said dishes....not even a mention of what other Chifa foods are available and instead frozen fries, iceberg lettuce and a 1/4 chicken gets as much space in the review as the lone interesting dish?
Michael / August 12, 2012 at 11:04 am
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I don't know if "explosively full" is a phrase you want to use in a positive food review -- it conjures up (in my mind at least) images of diarrhea.
Daniel Menjivar / August 12, 2012 at 11:32 am
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That's not lomo saltado, that's an insult to Peruvian cuisine. If you can compare it to poutine, you know it's not legit. So far from what it should be.

And where are the chifa dishes? Lomo Saltado? Not chifa. Pollo a la brasa? Also not chifa. Hm.

DM
YoNoMeLlamoNatacha / August 12, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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Odd that this would be a review about chifa, and yet doesn't review a single actual chifa dish...?
Rick / August 13, 2012 at 11:39 am
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Waaayyy too much fries, not enough lomo, i'm kind of a ceviche snob, so I probably wouldn't be trying out that item unless the review was amazing.

Other than that, looks pretty damn good, a must try.

p.s. Chicha Morada is the real purple drank.... absolutly a must try
Chowhoundgta / August 20, 2012 at 06:33 am
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Where is the Chifa food?
Nessa / October 9, 2012 at 07:47 pm
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The food is not bad at all, I really like the rice, however the downside is the place is NOT clean. The chicken it's ok, but since my friends took me to this small place in Mississauga called Latin super chicken their chicken (Pollo a la Brasa) it's AMAIZING!!! I don't mind driving down there for it. I took an extra chicken the other day home, warmed it up the next day and it was as good as the previous day. I truly recommended!! =)
carolyn / December 10, 2012 at 03:05 pm
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So, my siblings an I, went to try some pollo a la brassa, not. Even close to the taste of peru's pollo. We did try the ceviche, I though it was sopa de ceviche, too much lemon, and I to top it of it had a bed of lettuce with no sweet potatoe or corn to make it look presentable.

The only good thing on our meal was INCA cola.
Two thumbs down.
P.s don't use the bathroom.
Pedro / July 21, 2013 at 08:59 pm
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I went there today. Is not a place to celebrate a special ocasion but the food was really good.
Joe / July 28, 2013 at 03:27 am
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Good food but as previously said...not a place to celebrate. The washroom certainly needs attention. I will go back based on the courteous staff.
Katz / February 12, 2014 at 07:24 pm
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I been to this place many times. their pollo ala brasa is the only thing I order. its not like peru's pollo but its good. I never order their fries or salad because I could make that at home and fresh. I tried their rice is okay. and lomo saltado not good or aunthentic.
Marc / July 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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It has chifa ... I normally get the "arroz chaufa especial" with their special "aji" (hot sauce), it's probably the closest you will get to the chinese-peruvian taste.
Remember this is a "chifa" so even though they have ceviche, lomo saltado and caldo de gallina, you better get those somewhere else (my suggestion: el fogon).
Highly recommended: Get the "arroz chaufa especial", "aeropuerto especial" and pollo a la brasa (with salad and fries). I tried other dishes and are not that good.
I'm peruvian by the way, I know one or two things about peruvian food, lol
Oscar / July 11, 2014 at 12:27 am
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It has several chifa dishes. The food is really good and relatively cheap. The BBQ chicken (pollo a la brasa) is OK. I love the "arroz chaufa" (peruvian's fried rice). The Lomo Saltado is also great but it does not include the rice (you have to order it separately to make a real Lomo Saltado).

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