East African BBQ at Klassic Kitchen in Richmond Hill

Klassic Kitchen

I haven’t had mishkaki in ages. It’s an East African specialty and if you come from that side of the world you know how crazy people get over the morsels of tender barbecued beef. It’s a reminder of my childhood and my parents. I can fondly recall hot summer days with my mom in the kitchen skewering the marinated cubes of meat. My dad would be outside, running the grill with a glass of ice cold masala cola topped with floating peanuts. Our typical summer BBQs always consisted of Mishkaki, makai paka (cocunut curry corn-on-the-cob) and salads.

There are a few places in Toronto that feature classic East African BBQ fare. One recent find is Klassic Kitchen in Richmond Hill.

Klassic Kitchen

Klassic Kitchen

Klassic Kitchen is a little corner spot right off of bustling Yonge Street in the city’s Northern suburb. Like many similar small eateries, Klassic Kitchen is family owned and operated so pride of ownership is quite evident from the cleanliness to the quirky Coca Cola themed decor. Mishkaki is what tempted me to go in, but I noticed a few other things off the menu that I wanted to try.

Aside from Veal Mishkaki$10.99 (with fries which we upgraded to masala fries, pop and salad), we decided to try their BBQ Beef Ribs plate,$12.99 (with fries, pop and salad) and Philly Cheesesteak$5.99, as well.

All of our food came out at a reasonable time and all together, which although should be standard practice is sadly not standard enough. I’m glad to see that it was here at Klassic Kitchen though.

Klassic Kitchen

My first bite went to the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. Not unlike many sandwiches we’ve tried before, the bun, vegetables, cheese and meat were proportioned well, fresh and the sandwich overall was tasty. Although admittedly it doesn’t take the position of best we’ve had, and somewhat lacklustre, it’s a good sandwich if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Klassic Kitchen

Next up is the long-awaited Mishkaki, which was served with upgraded masala fries. Masala fries were a big surprise. I think I was expecting something mundane like a sprinkle of chilli powder and salt, but it thoughtfully prepared with a lemon juice bath and then the perfect dusting of spices to give a each crispy fry a tart and fiery flavour. The mishkaki also lived up to expectation. Although not as tender as I’m used to, I believe that had to do with their more dense cut of meat which seemed to contain less fat. Taste-wise, it was really enjoyable and recalled my childhood experiences by the mouthful.

Klassic Kitchen

Although I came in for the mishkaki, the winner for me here at Klassic Kitchen is their halal Beef Ribs. The same mishkaki marinade went really well with this cut and also its generous thickness made it very enjoyable and an all around favourite BBQ item at Klassic Kitchen.

Klassic Kitchen halal beef ribs are a definite must try and next time I’m back I will also try out their new fried fish. Also served with an optional masala fries, it looked really tasty and well priced.

Meat Source: Both beef and chicken is purchased from Iqbal Halal Meat and occasionally purchased at Bismillah Grocers. All hand-slaughtered halal sources.

Klassic Kitchen
10220 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
(905) 237-7186

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By: August 12, 2013

13 Comments


  • Everything was good, just didn’t understand the Philly Cheesesteak on a hotdog bun. Probably would have gone back if it wasn’t for that.


    • Thanks IL, if you see in our review the bun is shown and that is actually made for Philly…..I’m sorry if you felt that way, every customers suggestion is taken positively….will still ask others for their opinion though ! Thanks for caring !


      • Thanks, I’ll give it another try


        • I will appreciate if you enlighten me what other type of Bun I need to use, I will sure try it out ! Please do come and I am willing to learn from good customers like you ! Thank you !


  • Went last week. Found the owner really rude and strange. Seemed annoyed we were there during their weekend rush? Was not impressed with the food at all, the ribs had soo much fat on them and very expensive! Would not return.


    • Laila, if for any reason you felt the way you have written, I apologize to you dear sister, I would be the last person to be rude to clients who come from far away for having food, Our motto is to give all the clients what is their moneys worth. We will reimburse you for a free Ribs meal if you feel we have given you the ribs with lots of Fat ! Thanks for caring ! Will sure would like to entertain you again.


  • riyaz shivji on August 21, 2013

    attention all….come what may and say what u wish…..klassic kitchen is one of the best authentic zanzibari/east African food outlet…delicious and yummy……those who run this place are very hardworking people and they know and are aware of how to treat their clientele…..after all they are also HUMAN …not infallibles…..so
    please enjoy the decious cuisine…….Riyaz Edmonton


  • Went to Klassic Kitchen today and we too found the owner strange and rude. We asked for the MIshkaki to which we were told that he had “prior orders” and we would have to wait half an hour for our meal. This was not a problem so we said fine and then proceeded to ask him about other items on the menu. For example what is the “Masi mix” (he said it was hard to describe). He gave my wife a strange look when we asked what Bhajia was and said that she should know (I guess on account that she looks Indian but isnt). Turns out Bhajia is just Bhajji which we didnt realize due to the different spelling. I can appreciate that the gentleman may have been busy but I found him rude and dismissive of our questions. We drove there specifically from Midtown after seeing the review on Halalfoodie and was very disappointed that he seemed to have no interest in getting new customers. I wish them well with there business and inshallah they will take the customer comments seriously and try a little harder with their customer service.


    • Thank you my brother Bilal, yes we do take all our reviews and concerns with interest and seriously. What I have to write in not to defend or justify mysel but all of us even myself when visiting Restuarnts need a little bit of patience.

      Going to Restaurants to dine without any prior booking or appointment we do take a chance, don’t we? So waiting a little while when the person (owner or worker) is busy serving other clients who were before you is natural.

      For instance if you were being serviced and suddenly the person starts conversing with a new customer who entered and gives importance because he would not like to lose a client and tries to take his orders without your permission or explanation is called rude,….but he has acknowledge your presence with a smile that you are a client but you have questions I wouldn’t think he would reply in a proper manner when your time comes up for service….

      In Restaurant business, service is very important, I do not think anyone for that matter specially the owner or the worker ( who gets his livelihood ) will want to be rude that’s just unprofessional, I think sometimes all of us expect service fast much as we expect to be seated and served first…..and if by any chance, the food item in the menu which you want is not there, we want to cancel the whole order, even if he has already taken the order and promised to be give you as fast as possible……I think we have to have a little understanding what the other person is trying……he is there to service you in the best possible manner why??? Because he needs business but he also cannot be unprofessional in losing his other clientele specially who have waited to be served or ordered before us.

      I humbly apologise, for any inconvience caused to you, I understand some have really enjoyed our food and service given to them without any influence of anyone, some have liked and some not because they have said its expensive, I fully respect thier views…..but cannot do everything possible. The price of the meat depends on the grade of Meat itself. That’s the best explanation I can give.

      Thank you….and hope you give us another try !

      Anver


  • KLASSIC KITCHEN IS BY FAR THE BEST EAST AFRICAN RESTAURANT I HAVE EVER BEEN TO EATEN AT BY FARR.
    I DRIVE ALL THE WAY FROM SCARBOROUGH TO GO THERE.
    THE BEST MISHKAKI WITH MASALA FRIES, AND RIBS I HAVE EVER HAD.
    PERFECT SPICES PERFECTLY DONE.
    WOULD NOT CHANGE A THING.
    THE OWNER HAS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR ME.
    STAYED ONE HOUR LATER THAN USUAL TO WAIT FOR ME TO PICK MY ORDER AND MAKE MY FOOD FRESH.
    I DONT KNOW ABOUT ALL THESE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON HERE I HAVE BEEN THERE A TOTAL OF 3 TIMES AND ALL 3 HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT AND GREAT.
    I AM ACTUALLY CRAVING THE MISKAKI RIGHT NOW LOL
    MIGHT EVEN DROP BY TONIGHT
    THANKS AGAIN FOR THE AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE
    ALL THE BEST !!!
    PS I LOVE THE COKE THEME WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT FLAVOURS AS WELL
    VANILLA AND CHERRY.
    SEE YOU VERY SOON !!!


  • Growing up in Mombasa and now living in Toronto, I’m always keen to try out good East African style restaurants and Klassic kitchen meets all the expectations. When my family visited, we went to KK as a group of 7 which gave us the opportunity to order a variety of items. I highly recommend the Chicken Mishkaki, Chicken Poussin, Ribs, Kababs and the Zanzibari Mix. All the dishes were prepared in a very timely manner and extremely flavourful. We loved the efficient service and quality of the food. The prices can be/are on the higher side but the food more than makes up for it. A must visit Restaurant. Their Kichro and Kuku Paka (Sunday Specials) are definitely worth a try!


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