New Ho King is Neither "New" nor "King"
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New Ho King is Neither “New” nor “King”

2005_01_13nohoking.gifThe appeal of New Ho King Restaurant(416 Spadina) is fairly obvious; affordable, promptly served, after-hours Chinese. After a long night of throwing back beverages on College St., the mix of Hunan beef, sweet and sour chicken balls and BBQ pork admittedly make for the perfect night cap. And relative to the neighbouring Burger King or the 7-11 frozen burrito rack, the restaurant even seems like the more refined choice in the area. But one look at the soiled plastic table clothes and the noticeably goo-covered chairs, the New Ho King charm fades fast.
One step up from Ho Lee Chow but far from Lee Garden (331 Spadina), New Ho King definitely nails down the generic, good-every-time Chinese fast food aesthetic – complete with the bow tied servers and China-kitsch decor. Unfortunately, sanitary concerns outweigh any menu item or positive experiences with the “cold tea.” For list of New Ho King’s attacks on common cleanliness, look at the City of Toronto’s Dine-Safe website. It’s true there are pest control issues everywhere, but it’s still a little on the gross side.
Sorry, New Ho, but Torontoist will stick with the homemade Guacamole at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College) instead.