Wondering where you should be eating after work in Toronto right now? A new craft beer focused restaurant/bar boasting 50 draught lines and a premium bottle selection has recently opened on 100 King West. And if you’ve never tried a Cucumber Mule before, this is a good place to drink one. Food presentation is just as essential to the success of a dish as its taste and flavour; and King Taps has a knack for plate presentations, with everything looking as good as it tastes.
Kings Taps has two storeys with patios and include lots of seating for those who need a drink after a long day at the office. Live music is playing every day starting at 5pm. And the DJ starts spinning at 9pm.
The staff were well trained, and worked as an excellent team. The prices for food were very reasonable and portion sizes were reflective of the menu. The restaurant was busy but we felt neither rushed nor neglected. But if you don’t have a reservation, be prepared to wait for a table.
As far as “bar food” goes, this is way beyond that. The menu has something for everyone and the food is excellent, from concept to execution. The specialty of the house is pizza. The pizzas resulted from many months of research and tweakings. The crust is light and crispy and it is loaded with high-quality ingredients and delicious flavour.
Burgers are a summer staple in North America. That classic staple food beloved by so many people from all walks of life. I am always seeking a great one. For most, it’s the beef and King Taps use Ontario-raised beef. They don’t need enhancing because they’re already loaded with fixings and are just terrific. So juicy!
We wanted to sample the wide variety of appetizers, so we got couple different things. My favourite were Bang Bang Shrimp (tempura shrimp, spicy miso and soy caramel) and Crispy Sushi (seared rare albacore tuna, crispy sushi rice, avocado and yuzu emulsion). The thought of my Serrano pizza (Serrano ham, oven-dried tomatoes, aragula, Grana Padano) is making my mouth water as I write. It’s such a shame we were too full for dessert.
King Taps just opened, but already feels like a staple. It’s cool without trying too hard.
Price Range: $6 – $14 appetizers; $6-$14 tacos; $12-$18 salads; $26-$43 main courses; $16 – $19 pizzas, $15 – $29 burgers; $8 desserts.
Sun – Wed 11am – 1am
Thurs – Sat 11am – 1:30am
Photo: King Taps, Joana Milcheva