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A Review of Chez Piggy Restaurant in Kingston, Ontario

Simon Lam loves to eat. Although he isn't a trained chef, he sure knows what good food tastes like.

This is Chez Piggy's second-floor dining area where the atmosphere is bright, airy, and warm.

This is Chez Piggy's second-floor dining area where the atmosphere is bright, airy, and warm.

Chez Piggy: A Restaurant Not to Be Missed

Chez Piggy has been around for nearly 40 years in Kingston. Over the years, the restaurant has become a popular destination for food lovers. You will love their comfortable atmosphere, which is bright, cheerful and warm.

On this particular visit, I tried their Enright chuck cheeseburger and limelight dessert. The burger was to die for. The sides were also fantastic—so yummy. Their dessert, however, wasn't as good. It was too sour for me and had an odd frizziness to it. I was pleased with the service, though. Our server was attentive and very efficient. The washrooms were also very clean and well-kept. They also passed their health inspection, which was a relief to know.

Overall, I enjoyed my time at Chez Piggy and would recommend it, even though one of their desserts was a flop. I think you will like Chez Piggy, too.

A Bit of History

Zal Yanovsky, a musician, and his wife, Rose Richardson, opened Chez Piggy in 1979. They renovated an abandoned limestone horse stable in downtown Kingston and turned it into a world-class restaurant. After Zal's death in 2002, his daughter Zoe took over the business. Over the years, Chez Piggy has become a favourite destination for many locals and tourists. Their menu is inspired by global travels and many of their ingredients are locally sourced.

The Atmosphere

Chez Piggy has two floors of dining space. On the first level, you can order a drink at their fully stocked bar, which overlooks a small dining area. Upstairs, you will find a much bigger dining room.

Grey limestone walls surround you on the second level. Rich, caramel-coloured wooden chairs and tables fill the dining space. On the cold stone walls hang large colourful tapestries and artwork. The entire space is illuminated by roof windows and decorative white pendant Danish lights. The atmosphere is bright, airy, and warm.

The Food

My friend and I were at Chez Piggy just before Christmas. I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to order. I debated between The Chez Piggy club and the Enright chuck cheeseburger. The Chez Piggy club has chicken, bacon, tomato, jalapeño havarti, chipotle mayonnaise and rosemary chips, and is $16. The Enright chuck cheeseburger comes with cheddar, bread-and-butter pickles, lettuce, tomato, burger sauce, a cabbage salad and pomme frites. It is priced at $18. The Enright Cattle Co. is the supplier of the beef for their cheeseburger.

That day, I was in the mood for a nice, juicy burger so I finally decided to have the Enright chuck cheeseburger. I don't like cheese on my burger, so I asked the server to take it out. She accommodated my wishes.

For dessert, we both got a dish called the limelight. It consisted of a top layer of panna cotta and a bottom layer of clear jelly. It was topped with blackberries and honeydew balls and garnished with grated lemon zest.

The Enright chuck cheeseburger was very tasty. The sides were also very good.

The Enright chuck cheeseburger was very tasty. The sides were also very good.

The Enright Chuck Cheeseburger

The Enright chuck cheeseburger came with coleslaw (the cabbage salad) and fries with aioli. The fries were crispy on the outside and were superb with the aioli. The coleslaw was fresh, creamy and very tasty. I saved the burger for last. It was amazing. The beef was juicy and tasted wonderful. The entire burger was mouth-watering and really well done.

The limelight dessert was not very appetizing.

The limelight dessert was not very appetizing.

The Limelight

The name limelight suggested a particular flavour profile—that of limes. This, indeed, was the case. The entire dish had a very tart taste. I'm not a fan of strong, sour-tasting food, so this dessert did not suit me very well. The clear jelly at the bottom also had an odd fizzy sensation. We were told that it contained carbonated water. In any case, this dessert was not very appealing.

The Service

We were served by a young, soft-spoken waitress. She was very helpful when we had questions about the menu. Her service was efficient and timely. When we returned the limelight dessert, she handled it very pleasantly. Overall, I thought the service was very good.

The washrooms were clean and well-stocked.

The washrooms were clean and well-stocked.

The Washroom

The state of a restaurant's washroom often indicates a restaurant's attention to detail and cleanliness. A poorly kept washroom often means they do not care about sanitation or overall appeal. I checked out Chez Piggy's washroom on the first level. In general, it looked quite clean and well-stocked.

Know Before You Go

The Kingston Public Health Unit has a website where they post the results of recent health inspections of food facilities. I wanted to know how Chez Piggy did on their most recent inspection. I found out that they had a follow-up inspection on September 11, 2017. In all the categories, they were compliant. I was thrilled to know that they had passed all checking points in their inspection. You can click on the link above for updates about this and other restaurants.