Restaurant: KS on The Keys
Location: 1029 Daze Street, Ottawa, ON
Cuisine: International/ Asian Fusion/ Pizza
My friend was raving about the pizza here, and when I looked on their website it also mentioned “World Famous Pizza”. So of course I was persuaded to give this place a try.
I was quite surprised that I had to wait 10-15 minutes before being seated on such a rainy day, but I assumed that meant this place was quite popular. Although, I would guess people come here for the food because the service was not awesome from my first impression. The hostess seems really annoyed with every customer and didn’t really smile at all (seriously? Not acceptable for the first person customers come into contact with).
On a more positive note, the interior was a bit more posh than I expected. It reminded me of a brighter Moxie’s or Milestones with more windows and open spaces. I think the downstairs is more of a “family dining” area while upstairs had a sports bar setting. Being seated upstairs, I wish I could have sat downstairs but I was here for the FOOD!
I know I was sitting upstairs in the bar-like area, but plastic cups? I guess you could say they were going for a lighthearted-casual-dining-experience. But with such a clean modern interior, I expected at least glasses!
After watching countless episodes of Man vs. Food, I needed some of my own American Pub Grub (although I think this is Mexican). Although I’m sure this does not measure to the Nachos I’ve been actually craving for. The nachos chips were very crunchy, but I feel like there wasn’t even salsa and cheese because it was way too dry. Not to mention, the beef was extremely dry to the point I almost choked (but I was really hungry after the wait so obviously I scarfed these down pretty quick!). I think they should have given me more sour cream because the nachos were so dry the provided portion didn’t last long.
So in any Western restaurant I wouldn’t expect too much from Oriental-Inspired dishes, but I just had to try a Fusion dish for curiosity sake. I was surprised that the batter around the chicken balls was so light and thin with no greasy feeling. While after biting through the crisp skin, I was impressed that they use whole pieces of chicken to construct these deep-fried balls of meat. I was actually expecting them to use grounded chicken or some kind of mash. However, despite the use of “full on chicken meat”, the texture was yet again dry like the beef in the nachos. I slavered a lot of Sweet & Sour sauce to ease the chicken meat across my tongue, but the sauce was too “Western-Influenced” for my liking. It tasted like something you would find in a packet (and the intense red color made that quite obvious). So point proven, DO NOT EAT ASIAN FOOD IN WESTERN RESTAURANTS.
But of course, the pizza is what I really came here for. We ordered a Medium sized Canadian Pizza (which was gigantic for 2 people). Looking at the picture, it’s hard to see where the cheese ends and the crust begins, giving it a very thick look. Judging by the thick appearance I was expecting to chew through a doughy crust. To my delight, the crust was incredibly thin and the volume was simply layers of toppings (i.e. Pepperoni, Mushroom, Strip Bacon). I was quite impressed that the rich flavors of the toppings weren’t overpowered by the massive amounts of cheese; the bacon was especially crisp too! I’m not sure this is the best pizza I’ve ever had (Fat Angelo’s and Pizza Hut in Hong Kong are tough to beat!). But this was certainly above average.
They didn’t have a dessert menu on paper (I guess it always changes?), so I had to decide from the list our waitress recited to us. I’d have to say it must’ve been the word “Explosion” that made me choose this piece of Chocolate Heaven. It had a great mix of textures, the top was covered with crisp Chocolate curls followed by the rich Chocolate cheesecake center and moist Chocolate spongecake sides. The cheesecake portion was so soft and light that it reminded me more of a mousse. I’m also, not too sure what the random chucks in the center were, but they had a great toffee flavor! I’d definitely recommend this to any Chocolate lover!
I’d probably order the pizza to-go here, but I don’t think I’d want to dine in at KS again. The service was really slow, not to mention I was ignored a little too many times! They really do serve up a solid piece of pie;), but I think I’d need more than that for a return visit!