By Jon-Paul Carfagnini
On my initial visit to the Karma Kameleon Gastro Pub with my Dad, one of the first things I noticed was the culinary ambiance. I could tell from the first impression that the Karma Kameleon is a unique leader when it comes to a finer side of casual dining in Thorold.
For example, I never have been served complimentary Cucumber Water at a Thorold eatery. This shows Karma Kameleon is in a unique position.
The rustic decor along with a diverse menu creates an enticing experience.
Karma Kameleon offers a rare selection of craft beers. For $7.50 I opted for the 20-ounce Landshark. Although Karma Kameleon is known to be pricey, I feel the beer promotion is a thirst-quenching deal.
Karma Kameleon “Introductions”
Karma Kameleon refers to their appetizers as Introductions. I was very fond of the Tempura Calamari Rings. For $13 this Introduction was a fair portion. The Calamari tasted tender and crispy. The tangy aioli sauce was infused with garlic and citrus for the perfect zing to compliment the Calamari Rings.
Tempura Calamari Rings
We were unimpressed with the presentation in a metal wire basket lined with a recycled newspaper around a base of chopped greens under the Calamari.
On the upside, the calamari and sauce tasted great, and that’s our priority.
We shared the mains. I ordered the Blue Burger special of the day. Served with portobello mushroom, bacon and blue cheese with lettuce and tomato.
This mouthwatering Hand-held beauty was served on a plank with home-cut French Fries on side. Based on their house standard, the Blue Burger was cooked medium rare just how I like it. The flavour from each topping complemented the mix arousing my taste buds with an array of flavours. It was an exquisite taste.
Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Karma Kameleon’s famous Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Mixed Greens Salad
My Dad knows what he is doing in restaurants so he ordered their acclaimed Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Mixed Greens Salad. The sandwich was packed with meat and served to perfection with grilled cheese bread, 4 cheese mix, spinach and tomato. This fusion of flavour melts in your mouth. We would order this winner again.
The food definitely exceeded my expectations for quality. I would feel comfortable bringing a visitor to this restaurant to show what our city has to offer. I would be confident that they will be impressed too by the cool and creative decor.
Efficient & Friendly Service
To top it up, the service by Keeta was extremely efficient and friendly too. Although the restaurant was busy, the food came out very quickly and my appetite was satisfied in a flash of a pan.
When the entertainment budget allows and I want to enjoy a superb dining experience in Thorold, Karma Kameleon would be on the list. Overall, their prices are relatively higher on our local scale, but the quality matches up, so it proves, we get what we pay for.