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Big Smoke Burger (Square One)

Big Smoke Burger (Square One Mall)

Not too long ago we heard about Big Smoke Burger and our immediate reaction was: omg not another burger place!
Anyway, given how much we enjoy trying out new places, we thought why not give it a try, especially since it was highly recommended by a friend. We ordered Crazy Burger (requested halal beef patty) ($14.95 with onion rings and pop) and Spicy Burger (requested halal beef patty) ($14.72). Upon seeing the total ($29.67), we were skeptical and were waiting impatiently for our order to be prepared and for us to dig in.

Big Smoke Burger (Square One Mall)

To our surprise, the fresh beef patty (non-processed) lived up to our expectations and we loved the toppings on both the burgers. Actually one of us loved the Crazy Burger (alapeno havarti, coleslaw, chipotle mayo, bbq sauce, hot peppers & lettuce), whilst the other one thought Spicy Burger (caramelized onions, spicy chipotle mayo, tomato & lettuce) was better.

We thought the fries were quiet good. They were very similar to New York Fries in taste. The onion rings were good as well; just that we personally find it difficult to finish an entire order of onion rings.

We visited Big Smoke Burger’s Square One (Mississauga) location. The sign clearly indicates that you have to ask for halal beef and/or chicken. We wanted to try out their poutine, but we were informed that the gravy on poutine is not halal. We were very thankful for their honesty.

We can’t wait to go back and try other burgers on the menu!

Big Smoke Burger is located in Square One Mall’s food court. For more information, please visit: http://www.bigsmokeburger.com

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Intense Poutine Craving

 

We had the biggest poutine craving a few weeks ago. What triggered our craving were our blog stats, which kept showing people searching for “halal poutine Toronto”. The problem was, we didn’t know where to go. We wanted GOOD poutine; a poutine that would be worth the calories. For someone living in the east end of Toronto, we were surprised that we had such a hard time finding a place. Our options were:

– Crown Pizza

– Affy’s

– Flavour’s Cafe

– Big Moe’s

All three options were a bit of a drive so decided against them. That is where our list ended.  We were certain that there must be more places to grab poutine at but nothing was coming to mind!

After a lot of thought we remembered that Sizzling Skillet has decent poutine. Since we live a few minutes away, we hoped this place would satisfy our craving.
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One word for the poutine: awesome! It doesn’t get any better than waffles fries smothered in gravy and cheese. They sprinkle red pepper on top which really elevates this french fry dish.

So the next time you are in the east end and are craving poutine, visit Sizzling Skillet.

Address: 

2290 Markham Rd

Toronto, ON M1B 2W4

Phone: 

(416) 321-9991

Website:

https://www.facebook.com/sizzlingskillet


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Marrakech Restaurant

Check out our review of Marrakech Restaurant on Halal Foodie.

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Fry Haus

Halal German Food? We don’t think we have ever seen those three words together. So when we found out that Fry Haus serves halal meat, we ran (literally) to check it out. Newly opened on the intersection of Gerrard and Parliament in downtown Toronto, Fry Haus is serving up German fast food.

The first thing we noticed was how tiny this take-out joint was. There were a few seats inside to wait while you order but no seating otherwise. The next thing we noticed was the menu, which was rather confusing. Our eyes couldn’t settle on any particular item on the menu boards because of the German names and terminology that was used.

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After taking a good 10-15 minutes, we decided to order the Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich and Fries with 5 Pepper Ranch Dip. We had really wanted to order one of specialty french fry dishes but were too overwhelmed to decide on which one to get. So we stuck to getting regular fries instead.

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Chicken Schnitzel is basically pounded chicken that is battered and deep fried. For the Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich, we got to pick our toppings and sauces. We got onions, pickles and some special kind of special coleslaw, along with the Haus Burger Sauce and the 5 Pepper Ranch Sauce. Again, there were so many different sauce options that we just randomly picked a few.

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And voila! This is what our sandwich looked like. photo 4

Although it looked mouth watering good, we honestly thought that it would be on the bland side. We are relieved to say that we were wrong. The sandwich was SO good…like SOO good! Sorry for the lack of adjectives but that’s the best way to describe it. This was one good deep fried piece of chicken and went so well with the sandwich and toppings. The chicken was crispy and tender and om nom nom delicious! The sandwich was quite big considering it was only $5. We highly recommend trying this.
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We had heard a lot of their fries. Even the regular fries are supposedly special because they are double fried and what not. However, we thought the fries were pretty standard. They were comparable to fries at other fast food joints. We dipped our fries in the 5 Pepper Ranch Dip, which made the fries more enjoyable. Again, we regret not ordering their speciality french fry dishes. We ran into to some friends who ordered the Currywurst mit Fritten, which had fries, sausage and curry gravy and they were raving about it. They also tried the burger and said it was one of the best burgers they have ever tried.

Do we recommend you try Fry Haus? Most definitely! Their food is best enjoyed fresh so try to eat it right away. We did bring one sandwich home and by the time it got home, the chicken was no longer crispy. So try and find a spot nearby to sit and munch of the delicious food.

Address:

296 Gerrard St E

Toronto, ON

M5A 2G5

Phone: (416) 901-3100


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Chicken Club Sandwich

Chicken Club Sandwich

We recently made Chicken Club Sandwich, which turned out surprisingly good. It was fairly simple, quick and easy to prepare as well.

We apologize for the pic, as it’s not the best. We were in a rush to eat, so took a quick pic and started eating.

Ingredients: 

Chicken

  • 1lb boneless chicken breast
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • White Pepper
  • Pepper Flakes
  • Soy Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Ginger & Garlic Paste(s)
  • Yogurt
  • Mayonnaise

Sandwich

  • Cucumber (1)
  • Tomato (1)
  • Eggs (2-4)
  • Cheddar Cheese Slices

Directions: 

Add salt, black pepper, chilli powder, white pepper, pepper flakes, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce and about 1tsp of ginger and garlic paste(s). Add 2-3tbsp of stirred yogurt and mix in the chicken and spices. Let it marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. Cook chicken in a little bit of oil. Once the chicken cools down, shred it and mix in mayonnaise.

Make omelettes with salt & black pepper. Slice cucumber and tomatoes. Toast regular or wholewheat bread slices (3 slices/sandwich). Spread butter on all 3 slices, spread chicken and mayonnaise mixture on the bottom slice, put the 2nd slice on top, spread a layer of cucumbers, tomatoes and top it with a cheddar cheese slice.

In an effort to avoid wastage, we decided not to cut the crust off (as is generally the case with club sandwiches) and decided to use wholewheat bread. We used all the spices on as per taste; hence, no accurate measurements were done.

We were easily able to prepare 5-6 club sandwiches


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Max’s Chicken & Seafood

Check out our review of Max’s Chicken & Seafood on Halal Foodie.

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“Naturally, we compared the food at Max’s to the food at this same establishment. We feel that comparing Max’s to them is like comparing apples of different kinds: Gala vs. Macintosh.  Even though the apples look similar, they have different tastes.”

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Big Mamma’s House – Burgers & Ribs

Big Mamma's House

We have been wanting to try Big Mamma’s House – Burgers & Ribs since we heard about it at the Halal Food Fest. Unfortunately, we couldn’t try it at the Halal Food Fest due to long lineups and along with the fact that it was pouring that afternoon. Since we were in the Durham area recently , we decided to try it out.

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Big Mamma’s House has a look that resonates with burger joints from the 60s and 70s. We loved how it’s well maintained (nice and clean sitting area). Since it was getting pretty late in the evening and it was almost closing time, we quickly ordered:

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The Big Momma’s House burger: This burger was well enjoyed by our guest who was looking forward to  a double beef patty burgers. All the ingredients gelled well, that made the burger quite flavourful.

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The Big Spice: This was one of the burgers we were very much looking to try. We found this burger just as delicious as the preceding burger.

The menu is expansive you can be assured that hopefully everyone. We could tell within the first few bites that the burger patties were made from scratch and prepared right in front of us.

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We tried their fries and loved the fact that they were hand cut with some skin still on. One word: tasty.

There are now gourmet burger joints all across GTA and if you happen to be in Pickering, Ajax and Whitby area, you should try out this burger joint.

For more information, please visit: Big Mamma’s House – Burgers & Ribs


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Mushkaki

Check out our review of Mushkaki on Halal Foodie.

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“The KK was the most interesting dish we have tried to date. It was pan-fried bread cut up into bite size pieces, topped with various sauces and chicken or beef. Chef Osman explained that it is actually a Somali paratha called Sabayad that is used in KK. The dish had lots of flavours and textures, which our palates enjoyed quite a bit.”

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Asian Wok n’ Roll – Milllcreek Location

Outside

Hakka Chinese food is a crowd pleaser and it is one of our favourite kinds of cuisine. Asian Wok n’ Roll has everything going for it:

    • Hand slaughtered halal meat – Check
    • No alcohol served – Check
    • Prayer area- Check, check!
    • Buffet- What?! Omg, check!

Hand Slaughtered

At our most recent visit to the Millcreek location, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the restaurant has started a lunch buffet. All you can eat halal Hakka Chinese food is like a dream come true. The buffet is from 12pm-3pm and rates are adults: Mon-Thurs $12.99/Fri-Sun $14.99 and children (3-10 yrs): Mon-Thurs $9.99/Fri-Sun $11.99. The restaurant is huge and is great for families and large parties.

Inside

The buffet features many of the popular menu items including fried rice, noodles, chilli chicken, general tao’s chicken, spring rolls, various beef, fish and shrimp dishes, soups and many vegetarian dishes as well. Sushi was also available in the buffet.

Buffet

Here are some pictures of the buffet stations.

Soup station

Fruits

Dry items

Curries

Spring rolls

Desserts

Us sisters absolutely love soup. One of us can have soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week straight and not get bored. So it is not surprising that between us sisters, we had about eight bowls of soup. Yum!

chicken corn soup

This plate features fried rice, general tao’s chicken, chilli chicken, lollipop chicken and vegetarian manchurian.

Plate 1

This plate features sweet and spicy fish, chicken wontons, shrimp spring roll and vegetarian manchurian with gravy.

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Overall, the quality of the food was great, and the food was fresh and delicious! The service was commendable as well. The buffet experience at Asian Wok n’ Roll was awesome and we will visiting often, inshallah!

Address:

6905 Millcreek Drive, Unit 13
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
L5N 6A3

Website: 

http://asianwoknroll.com