Famous King in Kingston
Famous King in Kingston is a well-known name. You might even say it’s famous 😉
When I told my friends I was writing an overview on this restaurant, they had nothing but great things to say. A testament to it’s long standing reputation in the Kingston community. As one of the first halal restaurants in 2004, Famous King is located along the outskirts of what is commonly known in Kingston as “the hub.”
Famous King is a Lebanese fast food restaurant that offers a traditional selection of Lebanese cuisine: shawarmas, kafta kabob, falafel, and much more. The place is not very big, and is decorated simply, but it’s always been busy. Every time I’ve been there, the friendly staff are usually preparing something or taking orders for dine in, take out, or delivery.
You might be wondering what they are actually famous for. It turns out they are famous for their homemade donair prepared on site. It contains lean beef and their own blend of spices. The meat is tender, flavourful, and also used in a variety of ways. So good.
I ordered Donair Pita (small $7.00). It comes in three other sizes as well: medium ($9.00), large ($10.50), and belly buster ($21.00). I have yet to see the belly buster size, but judging from the name, you would have to come in with a very hearty appetite or even a friend or two to share the meal with you. The small donair was delicious, satisfying, and the perfect portion for lunch.
The sautéed onions and tomatoes add that nice little touch of flavour and complement the meat very well. You also have the option to add sweet sauce to the donair. It’s not my personal favourite so I opted out of it. However, many people I know enjoy its flavour.
To make things more interesting and delicious, they use the donair meat for something even more amazing: Donair Poutine (small $8.50). That is just genius — we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sure, it looks like a big mess, but trust me, every bite is worth it. The fries were well seasoned and maintained its crispiness, even with a heaping scoop of vegetable gravy and all.
Another great option is the Donair Plate. We didn’t order it this time but I strongly recommend trying it. It is delicious and will leave you full – in fact, a small plate is incredibly filling. Don’t let a plate of fries with toppings fool you. The major differences between this dish and the donair poutine is their respective toppings. Instead of topping the fries with gravy and cheese, the fries are topped with sweet sauce, sautéed onions, and tomatoes. They also offer a Donair Pizza. It’s something I haven’t tried but I’m sure one day I will.
If you’re looking for a quick, casual, and delicious meal in Kingston, then Famous Kingston is your place to go. You can be guaranteed that your food will be fresh and will leave you craving more.
Meat Source: All meat is purchased from Al-Zahra (hand slaughtered halal chicken source). ** NOTE: meat was checked (verbal assurance) at time of review and can change at anytime – please check meat sources before eating and let us know if there are any discrepancies **
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505 Princess St., Kingston