Long gone are the days when Toronto’s hungry Bay Street crowd were forced to choose between a simple Tim Horton’s sandwich or fancy feast at Canoe. In recent years Toronto’s business district has enjoyed an explosion of mid-ranged casual eateries, offering investment bankers and corporate lawyers a space to loosen their ties and kick back without the pretension and pomp found in their boardrooms.
This summer King Taps breathed new life into the Vertical space at First Canadian Place, which once offered some of the city’s finest Italian. The new double decker craft beer bar is packed on weeknights, filled with suits and skirts keen to enjoy a sud-sloshed bacchanal.
King Taps is brought to you by the West Coast culinary creators of Cactus Club. The 450 seat space offers over 50 local craft and international beers on tap while a two-story patio that accommodates 140 of those looking to enjoy an al fresco sip and nibble.
If you’re feeling peckish, the kitchen offers a selection of dishes designed to satiate your comfort food cravings. The cooks have found strength in their pizza parade, producing pies with a perfectly crispy crust which once crunched into offer a satisfyingly soft chew. Highlights from the King Taps menu include spicy Korean Fried Chicken, a trilogy of tacos, crispy bacon and roasted pineapple topped Kona pizza, a decadent 12oz striploin adorned with roasted mushrooms, and a celebratory Rocky Road Sundae finished with a twirl of toasted marshmallow.
Ontario Craft Beer Flight | exchange amber ale, bobcaygeon dockside red ale, radical road yuzu pale ale, rainhard kapow ipa
Korean Chicken | sesame, green onion, cilantro
Chicken Tacos | chipotle and tomatillo-braised chicken, corn salsa, pickled red cabbage
Braised Beef Tacos | crushed avocado, chipotle mayo, pickled red cabbage
Baja Fish Tacos | beer battered pacific line-caught cod, cabbage, pickled red onions, poblano salsa, chipotle lime mayo
Kona Pizza | crispy bacon, roasted pineapple, spicy yogurt
Roasted Mushroom New York | 12oz new york striploin, roasted mushroom demi, frites, caesar salad
Rocky Road Sundae | toasted marshmallow, chocolate sauce, crunchie honeycomb