297 King Street, W. Entertainment District, Toronto On., (416) 977-4461My wife and I went to the Kit Kat restaurant after a long afternoon in the Auto Show at the Toronto Convention Centre. It has to be the worst laid out convention centre in the world. We walked for miles. Needless to say we were hungry for a good meal. After walking down to the King Street restaurant strip we decided to see if we could get into the Kit Kat without reservations. The weather was nasty this Saturday night, it was a virtual blizzard in the downtown. Luckily we got inside and were able find a spot in a short line waiting to get in, thanks to John Carbone, the owner manager who promised he would get us in without a reservation.
We have been to this restaurant many times before. I have even eaten at the short and narrow bar.
After waiting for a while, a waitress came around and took our coats and hung them up. Shortly after this we were seated at a table for two.
We sat directly across from the open kitchen. If you look carefully you will see a tree trunk just beside the kitchen near the stairs - yes it is a real tree!
It was a good vantage point, though it felt like a highway. We noticed how well the chefs enjoyed their job and were comfortable with all the staff, who kibitzed with them all evening. These chefs were very efficient and certainly were skilled. We noticed how everyone who worked here worked as a team to make sure things ran smoothly in such a small and extremely busy space.
We ordered a bottle of Masi Campofiorin Italian wine to start and decided on a light appetizer. We ordered a caesar salad each and thoroughly enjoyed it. The lettuce was crisp and the sauce was very good, as was the crisp garlic bread that came with it. Since we were under a red spotlight, it made our food pictures reddish.
We were told the evening specials, which sounded very tempting, but ended up ordering what we have had here many times before.
So we both ordered the veal piccata. It consisted of two large and delicious pieces of tender veal, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, grilled peppers in a lemon, wine, butter sauce that was wonderful. It was a satisfying and delicious meal.
Unfortunately the pictures don't do it justice due to the red spot light. But after I pulled the veal off of the potatoes it is more apparent how large the portion is.
The waiters and waitresses have immense patience to work in such a busy narrow place, but they always smile and are extremely friendly. John must be a good boss to work for, to keep the entire crew working so hard. Hats off to all of them. It is positively worth a visit! You will not be disappointed. The total before tip was just under $122.