Restaurant: Kings Restaurant
Cuisine: Western Chinese and North American (Breakfast and Lunch)
Date Visited: November 19, 2010
Location: 104 Meridian Road NE, on the corner of Barlow Trail and Centre Ave.
Hours: Mon to Fri 7:30am-4:00pm Sat and Sun 8:00am-2:00pm Holidays-Closed
Contact: (403) 272-2332 www.kingsrestaurant.net
Price Range: $5 to $11
Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it)
– Parking on the side of the building and street (watch the signs for where you can park)
– Been around for 25+ Years
– Popular for Lunch
– Local Favourite
– Casual Dining
– 3 Satellite locations around the City (Wonton King)
– Get their early, it lines up often
– Serve Breakfast and other non-Chinese menu items
– Down at the Stampede Grounds during the Calgary Stampede
If you’ve ever wondered where Guy Fieri, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, would go if he came to Calgary, he would check out this diner style gem that many Calgarian’s love which is King’s Restaurant. They are famous for their #5 Original Wor Won Ton Soup, which is a complete meal in itself.
I’ve been going to King’s for about 10+ years now, it was easily a place that we rolled out of bed late on a weekend and dragged ourselves over there for some great food to energize us for the day. I even had quite an addiction to this soup where I would get the soup and the insides separated, so I could bring it home to Regina, SK, when I lived there for a few years. Once heated back up on the stove, it tasted like I sitting right there in the diner enjoying one of my favourite meals. There are many other menu items that I’ve tried, like different appetizers and rice dishes which I like very much as well. Even for the people who aren’t feeling up to Chinese style food, there are some burgers which I hear from a friend that they are amazing. I guess I’ll see if I can pry myself away from the #5 Wor Won Ton Soup to give it a shot.
When I first went to King’s I use to describe the place like a truck stop restaurant with no trucks. Now when I go to King’s I think of it as a great Diner. Simple and nice decor, over the years they have updated the place with newer chairs, tables, menu boards, light fixtures, and signs, but this is why King’s feels like your place, like your diner. It’s nothing fancy but it works.
King’s has always been busy and I think due to the limited hours, I assume many people re-adjust their schedules so they can get their daily/weekly fix for the #5. The service is good with all the waitresses being nice and courteous. They seem to be extremely busy at times so if they don’t stop to chat it up, don’t be offended, but they do manage to make sure your water glass is filled up and food comes out in an instant. Christina Lee, one of the owners of King’s, who is usually up at the till, will make you feel like one of the family with her warm smile and kindness.
What’s In Front Of Me:
Grilled Dumplings: 3.5/5
- Pork Dumplings
- Pan Fried Goodness
- Delicious Carrot –Ginger Vinaigrette side sauce or use their Awesome King’s Fresh Garlic Hot Sauce
- Dumpling Dough/Wrapper is a little thick to my liking but many people love the style
- $2.59 for 2 dumplings and a pop or coffee with your meal
Crispy Wontons: 3.5/5
- Pork filled wontons
- Deep fried to perfection
- Great wonton wrapper
- Passion Plum Sauce goes excellent with this nice side appetizer
- $2.49 for 4 Crispy Wontons
The Number 5 – The Original Wor Won Ton Soup: 4.5/5
- A meal in itself
- A large bowl with tons of won tons, fresh vegetables (Broccoli, Carrots, Mushrooms, Baby Corn), grilled pork strips, on a giant bed of egg noodles, filled to the top with mouth watering broth
- This is their Signature item
- Easy for takeout as well or get it separated so you can heat up at a later time
- $9.19 a bowl for this gigantic meal