A new eatery has opened up directly across from the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts. With a name of ' Klassic Kitchen - B-B-Q Specialist ', I decided to give the place a try, expecting it to be another Southern B-B-Q joint?! Man! was I in for a big surprise!!!
Upon entering the establishment, we were welcomed by a heavy dose of 'Indian curry/spice aroma'. The place was decorated to the hilt with Coca Cola memorabilia, posters and products! A HDTV above the order counter was showing a Cricket game and a gentleman was on the phone taking a take-out order in some Indian dialect! Shall we stay or shall we go??! That was the $$$ question!! Hack! after coming so far, we might as well give it a try.!!
To our relief, the menu does have a special dedicated 'B-B-Q section' featuring Lamb chops, T-Bone steak, Ribs, B-B-Q Chicken and something called 'Mishkaki'. They also have a B-B-Q combo section featuring.......wait for it...... B-B-Q Philly Cheese steak!! Beef Burger!!, Hot Dog!! and Special Chicken Poussin!! At $9, the hot dog with medium fries and a small bottle of 375ml Coke must be the most expensive Hot-Dog combo I have seen in a pseudo/dine-in place. ( And no! they do not add Louis 13 Cognac to the meat! ).
Since my son was expecting and dying for some B-B-Q ribs, he went ahead and ordered them. As for myself, No! I did not order the 'Indian Philly Cheeses Steak'!! but instead, decided to give the Mishkaki a try. I was subsequently told it was 'some type of red meat, very tender and comes in small pieces??!! I just hoped they were not the neighborhood squirrels or some type of road kill??!! Both orders were accompanied with 'spicy fries'. The wait for the food was excruciating long! ( BTW, During that time the score of the cricket game went from 155 for 5 to 170 for 7!! Ha! ). After a 40 minutes wait we decided to have the food packed and take-out rather than eating in!
In the car, the aroma of the food was quite appealing. Haven't seen the food and not knowing what to expect, we were trying to guess what type of spices were used to create that exotic smell? Indian? Moroccan? or Cajun?
When we got home and opened up the food container, we were in for a big surprise! The ribs were no big slab or chunk of pork or beef ribs slathered with B-B-Q sauce or equivalent, but rather, the so-called 'ribs' were two 'ultra-thin' slices of 'Korean B-B-Q like' veal short ribs. Dry and overcooked, the taste was acceptable, neither sweet nor spicy, Asian nor Western? Lost for words to describe them exactly??!!
As for my Mishkaki, there were about 8 to 10 morsels of the mystery meat, The size were smaller than your typical Middle-Eastern kebobs. Seasoned with some type of spices, they were indeed very tender. The texture resembled more like a meat ball?! Again, the taste was hard to describe!
The fries were crispy but very spicy, coated with some type of chili/Masala seasoning. Overall taste was very good though! Two small can of pops also come with the package.
However, at $30 for a take out meal for two with totally inadequate quantity of food, I think it was a total rip-off! I would rather see that place turn into an Indian restaurant serving curries instead!!
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