East African BBQ at Klassic Kitchen in Richmond Hill
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
10220 Yonge St., Richmond Hill