It feels like eons since I last talked about my favourite foods and where to get them! I guess it makes sense though because favourites are difficult to narrow down and it takes time to try out different variations of the same dish. I may have nailed down my favourite spicy salmon sushi rolls and my favourite cookie dessert, but I have a long way to go before I figure out my be-all and end-all for every other food category! Not to mention there’s always a chance that your favourite now may not be your favourite years later. There’s always the possibility that your current faves will get replaced by even more amazing eats in the future, but for the time being, I have a gut feeling that the handful of favourites I’ve selected are here to stay on my list.
Fish n’ chips is a treat to me. It’s that one guilty pleasure, comfort food type of indulgence that I go for once a year. And I love it. I would take fish n’ chips over a burger any day. And lucky for me, I’ve found my holy grail fish n’ chips! One food category down, a gazillion more to go 😀 King’s Table, located on Queen St. East in the Beaches, is by far my favourite place to go for fresh, flaky, buttery fish n’ chips. I went here for the first time last summer and I instantly knew this place was a keeper in my book.
There are so many things I love about King’s Table. I love that it’s a beautiful, intimate place (with a romantic-looking little patio out back!) that evokes that light, breezy feeling of summer happiness and comfort. Whenever I think of fish n’ chips, I think, “Mmm, yummy. Greasy spoons!” We’re talking fish n’ chips here, not rainbow trout or lobster or other seafood delicacies. We’re talking your good old fashioned fish n’ chips with plenty of haddock, halibut, and cod with starchy, potato-y, delicious fries. When I think of fish n’ chips, I envision tiny diner style places with a lot of take-out and paper bag sacks. Although King’s Table could be considered a neighbourhood diner, it has that inviting atmosphere that draws you in to sit and stay and have a good meal. I love the rich yellow colour of the walls and napkins, the red curtains by the front window, the cute fish memorabilia hanging (and painted!) on the walls, and the peacefulness inside the restaurant. When I eat here I feel relaxed, like I can take my time to enjoy my meal without being rushed. It’s a lovely fish n’ chips diner that has amazing food to boot.
Prices for meals depend on the type of fish and their sizes. Halibut is the more expensive option while haddock and cod are the lesser expensive ones. If you order a meal like mine (one piece of 4oz. haddock with chips), it’ll run you $8.65. I’m more than satisfied with this, but if you have a heartier appetite, your meal will probably run closer to $12-$15. They have fish n’ chips meals, fish n’ chips with salad meals (which are the meals that are closer to the $12-$15 range), and fish only meals. As well, they have large portions of panfried fish and salmon fillet meals (around 70z. and 8oz.) that are more expensive if you feel like you want to splurge.
King’s Table fills that fish n’ chips love of mine with some amazing haddock and chips. I plan on trying other dishes from their menu (such as their shrimp, their clam chowder, their mushrooms with garlic and chive sauce, and maybe even a dessert), but I have to tell you, I’d be a happy camper for life if I came back here and ate nothing else but the haddock and chips I love so much. And that’s saying a lot coming from me, Little Miss I-always-want-to-order-and-try-something-different-each-time-I-go-out-to-eat! The haddock is buttery, flaky, crispy, crunchy, and everything you could want in a piece of battered fish. It’s not greasy or oil-laden in the least.
And their fries! I know fries aren’t the star of the show but if you’re eating fish n’ chips, I think it’s necessary for the “chips” part of the meal to own it. To me, even though you’re paying the bulk of your meal toward the fish, it ruins the meal if the fries are nasty. Their fries are soft without being soggy and I dunk them (as well as my crispy, flaky haddock) in their seafood tartar sauce and it is heaven. I know a lot of people like to eat their food “naked”, but I am not one of them. I adore sauce. So much so that I took my boyfriend’s sauce and ate that too. He doesn’t use sauce so I offered my eating services to prevent waste. And no one likes to see awesome sauce go to waste, right? 😉
King’s Table is located at 2248 Queen St. East between Beech and Willow Ave. in the Beaches neighbourhood. They are open for business from 12pm-10pm and I am pretty sure these hours are for every day of the week, but I will double check to make sure. King’s Table also offers take-out.