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Summer is almost here in Toronto and we are sure you are ready to fire up your BBQ. The one place you need to check out this BBQ season is the Paramount Butcher Shop. Not only is this a gorgeous shop, it has a wide selection of meat and related products.
They also have a wide selection of deli meats.
The beef counter. We were amazed at the selection and various cuts of meats that were available.
Be sure to check out this wonderful store this summer and let us know what you tried!
4646 Heritage Hill Boulevard
This restaurant has closed down as of March 14, 2015
Newly opened and newly relocated, Spice Shack is a Pakistani fusion-ish restaurant in Scarborough. Since we had been hearing a lot of good things about this place, we decided to visit it for lunch on a Saturday. Walking up to the restaurant and seeing the entrance, a good first impression was made. Inside, the restaurant was warm, spacious, had ample seating and a had ethnic, yet a modern vibe. Shortly after being seated by a very nice hostess, we were served complimentary Namak Paray with Hummus Dip for appetizer. We found the namak paray to be an interesting take on the traditional nachos & dip. We could taste the freshness very well and the hummus dip had a slight kick to it. It got us excited about the main course.
For lunch one of us ordered the New York Strip Loin Steak (10 oz) ($21.99) and the other ordered Butter Chicken ($8.99) with Naan ($1.25). Butter Chicken was cooked very well. We could taste the spices very well and found it to be nice. It was slightly on the milder side, which we didn’t mind too much. Naan was baked fresh; we liked the the thin layer of butter on it.
We were skeptical about New York Strip Loin Steak (medium done), but it caught us by surprise. It was seared very well and cooked to perfection! Importantly, the fusion sauce (South Asian + Western) was amazing! Though the sauce was primarily desi, it complimented the steak amazingly. For sides, we got cream of mushroom soup and fries. We loved the fresh cut fries (served with spicy mayo dip). With regards to the Cream of Mushroom soup, let us tell you, it wasn’t your ordinary cream of mushroom soup. It was delicious, especially because it had a kick to it and had a different texture than the canned version; the subtle desi taste made it all the more enjoyable. The steamed vegetables were great as well!
We were served complimentary salted lussi, which we enjoyed.
Lastly, we were fortunate enough to receive complimentary desserts (one each!). We got gulab jaman and ras malai. Both were perfect and spot on!
Overall, it was a great dining experience with exceptional customer service. We look forward to visiting again soon, inshallah! Address: 308 Painted Post Drive Toronto, Ontario M1G 2M3 Phone number: (647) 748-0786 Website: http://spiceshack.ca
Lately a number of North American/Italian halal restaurants have opened in and around the GTA. We’ve tried a number of them and some are winners all round, whilst others have been disappointing.
We were a little cautious trying out Crave Grill House; however, our experiences have been great thus far. Briefly, a few things that makes Crave Grill House a winner for us include:
We’ve been to Crave Grill House on several occasions and we have also taken picky guests along with us, who enjoyed the overall dining experience as much as we did. Here’s what we’ve ordered thus far:
Cheese Nachos: We were expecting plain boring nachos with some cheese melted on top. We were glad to receive a shareable appetizer with colourful nachoes with melted cheese along with a generous amount of jalapenos, some other veggies and of course accompanied with sour cream and salsa. We have tried this appetizer both with and without chicken, and have found it equally good. Hence, the second time we only ordered Cheese Nachos and it tasted great!
Four Cheese Chicken: We absolutely loved this dish and so did our guests. To start off, the chicken breast is coated with breadcrumbs, which makes every bite so delightful. Once you work past the crust, you realize how delicious the chicken breast really is. We didn’t think spinach and artichoke dip stuffed in chicken would taste good, but we were dead wrong! The dip and the four cheese make every bite very flavour (hardly any bland moments), and as you’re taste buds are done working there way through it, you enjoy the cajun sauce blanketing the chicken breast. We paired our chicken with cilantro lime rice, which is also our favourite here!
Linguini with Blackened Shrimp: This dish is another winner at Crave Grill House. The Alfredo sauce is delicious; the button mushrooms and the sun dried tomatoes compliment the shrimp very well. Gotta say we are quite picky about our pastas and this one was a winner for us. The accompanying bread was seasoned well and was tasty.
Blackened Chicken & Shrimp with Cilantro Rice: We enjoyed this dish as well!
One thing that we think Crave Grill House can improve on is their dessert menu. They offer cheesecake, molten lava cake, apple crumble and ice cream. All of these are great options but we feel that they can do so much better. We have tried their Molten Lava Cake, which was good.
We have been back a number of times and would recommend this restaurant to others as well. Crave Grill House is also a great option for lunch. Most items on their lunch menu range from $10-13.
25 Woodbine Downs Blvd #5