I read so much about this Clarkson restaurant but could not plan a visit until Sun, Dec 10. Heading here I made sure to prep my family on what to expect (small restaurant, limited seating capacity and high possibility of a long wait on weekends) as I did not want them to be put-out in the event we were in for a long wait.
Kravingz is located in a mini strip mall on the southside of Lakeshore Rd W, beside a Rona hardware store. Parking was not a problem and we were able to park right in front of the restaurant. We stepped inside around 12:20PM, the restaurant was indeed full and there was even a group ahead of us sitting (waiting) on the bench inside the door. One of the staff came over, asked how many we were in our group, told us we could be expecting a 20 min wait (we said okay) and wrote our name and phone number in her clipboard waitlist.
The waiting area was packed (with 6 of us there) so we went out for a while. When we came back 10 mins later, the group ahead of us was still waiting and there were more people arriving. It was very chilly outside so we tried to move away from the inner door to allow the new arrivals to stand inside the entry vestibule. Some left as soon as they saw the lineup. I felt a bit sorry for the guy sitting at the table closest to the “Wait to be seated” sign as there were always people standing near his chair.
We were finally shown to a table at 12:38PM, right at the front, by the glass windows. It was originally a table for 2 but with 1 more chair was now good for 3. We already looked at the menu online so we knew what to order and were ready to do so but the server insisted on taking our drink order first. When she came back with the drinks (coffee, refillable $2.25, and iced water), she then took our food order: the flip side ($11), steak n’ eggs ($16), and chicken n’ waffles ($15).
The wait afterwards was reasonable, around 15 mins. Plating was lovely. The longanisa was delicious. The steak was okay, though my husband insisted it could do with a bit more flavour. This is my first chicken and waffles and I have to say the combination (chicken, waffle, coleslaw, dressing) was good. However, I found the chicken a little too deep fried (just shy of being burnt) for my taste but I guess that was needed for crunchiness. I was not a fan of the jalapeño slices in the waffle.
Noisy dining experience—low background music but loud conversations. When we were here, most of the diners were young adults. Service was attentive. The interior is pleasant but compact. The tables at the front (where we sat) were spaced a bit close together. Not recommended on weekends for groups of 4 or more. The separate male and female washrooms are located downstairs.
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