Yesterday I found myself at the corner of King St. West and John St., the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district – a place that is starting to feel like a second home as I have been there so often over the last few months. Hungry, myself and a group of friends let our stomach’s do the walking. With plenty of choices of places to eat, we were having a hard time making a decision. As soon as we spotted the words “authentic wood burning oven pizza”, we were sold! Hey Lucy it is!
I loved the vibe and atmosphere of Hey Lucy as soon as I walked through the door. With a brick walled interior and fun zebra print accents, Hey Lucy definitely feels like a great place to have a casual meal in a cozy space or catch up with friends over cocktails on a night out. The restaurant space is very narrow, which would probably get quite crowded during peak hours. We went for an early dinner/late lunch and found it to be a good time for quick service and a relaxed and mellow experience.
So let’s get to the good stuff….the food!
We decided to split a pizza as an appetizer, then order our own main courses (again, we were hungry!!). We went for the simple, yet delicious, Margherita pizza ($12). An awesome choice! Their pizzas are 10″ in size, which amounts to 6 slices. I loved every bite of this pizza! The dough was perfectly thin and soft, the tomato sauce (which is homemade – definitely scores bonus points for this!) plentiful and full of flavour with some zesty spice, topped with aromatic basil leaves and a good helping of bocconcini. This really hit the spot!
For a main course I chose the Seafood Fettuccine Pasta ($16) with scallops, tiger shrimp and calamari in a homemade tomato sauce (comes with garlic bread on the side). Again, loving that they use a homemade sauce! I have a serious weakness for a good rich and savory tomato sauce. My favourite way to enjoy a pasta is in a simple and tasty tomato sauce – I can’t turn it down. This one satisfied my taste buds. The sauce was full of flavour with just enough spice to add a little more interest without being overpowering. I also liked that they didn’t skimp on the seafood.
Hey Lucy also has a nice martini menu starting at $8.99 per drink. Their Swedish Berry martini is sooo good! Goes down VERY easily and is not strong. This is a cocktail for those that enjoy a sweeter drink that doesn’t taste like it’s heavy on the alcohol. Drop by on a Wednesday for “Martini Wednesdays” – they serve up cocktails for $4.49!!
They are also one of the seven restaurants participating in Bond Martini Thursdays in celebration of the Designing 007 exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Starting November 1st you can try a tailor-made Bond inspired martini at participating restaurants. You will also receive a 20% off coupon for tickets into the exhibit (which is conveniently located across the street from Hey Lucy).
Hey Lucy Cafeis located at 295 King Street West with a second location at 440 Bloor Street West.