I always get the ¼ chicken dinner (with Parisienne potatoes and rice), with the hot sauce on the side. Gotta have the hot sauce! (The photo above is the ½ chicken dinner though, since I was sharing.) And for some reason, I always get it in a to-go container, even though I know I’m going to sit down and eat it there…
Over the years, the quality of the food at Sardinha has gone downhill a little, but they’re still very busy. For instance, they used to make those little potatoes fresh in-house, but now they deep fry them from frozen out of a bag. The chickens they use have also gone down in quality over the years, but most people probably won’t notice a difference. (They used to taste like free-range chickens, now they just taste like regular supermarket chickens.) And the rice used to come with black olives (and shrimp?) but now it’s just made with frozen peas and carrots – cheaper… Nevertheless, the flavor is still great and at $7.50 for the ¼ chicken dinner you can’t complain – it’s still an amazing value. Where else can you get this much good food for that price?
There’s always a constant, never-ending line-up at Sardinha that never seems to get shorter no matter what time of day it is. But the service is very friendly and fast so it goes by really quick.
Sardinha O Rei Dos Frangos
942 Bloor Street West
+1 (416) 537-2772
Next time you’re in the area (it’s right across from Long & McQuade) I highly recommend checking it out.