The first international review on Hot n’ Saucy Wings! While in Toronto on business, a friend took me to the Crown & Dragon Pub knowing that I enjoy wings. The selection here is extensive – over 20 styles of wings, many with an Asian or Indian influence, reflecting the tastes of both Toronto and the pub’s owners. I went with a fairly traditional type wing, their "Dragon Wings" which were listed as "Hottest."
The wings were nice and meaty, and perfectly cooked. They were of the breaded variety which I don’t usually like as much as the non-breaded versions, but they were smart enough to serve them quickly and not drown them sauce. The sauce itself was very close to a traditional buffalo wing sauce. Supposedly it is an original recipe that they "stumbled upon" and is very hot. There was definitely heat – but moderately hot – and the sauce tasted fairly traditional to me. The lose a few points for not living up to the billing, but overall, very satisfying wings.
My dining companion went for their sesame-soy variety, called "Turning Japanese." A sucker for soy-based wing sauces, I had to try one, and they were very good, with a pronounced sesame flavor. A bit more sauce might have made it better.
On a non-wing related note, try the hand-cut yam fries. The fries themselves are really good, but the dipping sauce is fantastic. I don’t know if they serve wings in the sauce, but if they don’t, they should! Loaded with red chili flakes, soy, and what I think was fish sauce, not only did it compliment the fries, but the onion rings and both wings on on the table. If the beer hadn’t been so good, it might have even made the beer taste better!
Dragon Wings RATING: 3 out of 5 stars
Turning Japanese RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Dipping sauce served with yam fries RATING: 5 out of 5 stars!