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Watan Kabob

Check our review of Watan Kabob on Halal Foodie.

“The Chaplee Kabob dinner plate ($11.99) consisted of two large spicy beef kabobs on a bed of seasoned rice and accompanied by a fresh, colourful salad of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Made of minced beef marinated in ground spices, the Chaplee Kabobs were moist and bursting with flavour. Red spices that were mixed into the ground beef glittered, and made for an interesting visual.” image3

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Spice Shack

This restaurant has closed down as of March 14, 2015
photo 2 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. photo 1 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.

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Namak Paray with Hummus

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.

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Butter Chicken with Naan

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!

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

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New York Strip Loin Steak

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!

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Gulab Jaman

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Ras Malai

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


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Karachi Kitchen

Karachi Kitchen

If you were to ask us about our favourite restaurant in Mississauga that serves delicious kababs, we would not be able to suggest any restaurant. However, we think we may have a place to recommend after our recent visit to Karachi Kitchen at Meadowvale Town Circle & Winston Churchill Blvd. (6560 Meadowvale Town Circle).

We were craving kababs and came across tons of restaurants, but couldn’t really find one that we could be happy with. We weren’t in the mood to drive far either, so we decided to try out Karachi Kitchen.

Since we were hungry, we quickly skimmed through the menu and decided to order a couple of BBQ items: Reshmi (Chicken Seekh) Kabab ($7.48) and Beef Behari Kabab ($8.99 + $2.00 for combo).

Though this is a dine-in location, patrons are required to walk up to the counter to place an order and pay for their meal. A server did bring the food to the table, which was nice.

Reshmi Kabab

We first tried Reshmi Kabab, which we thought were delicious (seasoned and bbq’ed well)! The order size was in line with the norm, where 2 medium-ish sized kababs were served along with salad and chutney.

Bihari Kabab

Naan

We then reluctantly tried Bihari Kabab and to our surprise they were tasty and bbq’ed to perfection! At this point we were quite amazed and happy with our decision to try out Karachi Kitchen. What we’ve noticed with bihari kababs is many restaurants prepare them fairly bland and the beef is usually very chewy and undercooked. However, this wasn’t the case here. We found upsizing our order to a combo to be a good deal where we were able to get rice, naan and pop for only $2 extra. We were pleasantly surprised to see our dinner accompanied with biryani rice (as opposed to plain rice). We enjoyed the naan as well.

All in all, we are confident that the next time we are in the mood for kababs in Mississauga, we will be heading straight to Karachi Kitchen! Karachi Kitchen accepts both Dine Halal & Halal Foodie discount cards as well!

For more information, please visit their website: Karachi Kitchen


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Naan & Kabob

Check out our review of Naan & Kabob on Halal Foodie. This restaurant is our favourite and we highly recommend it!

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“After what seems like eons, we have finally found a halal restaurant that is perfect in all regards. The rare combination of delicious food, excellent customer service, and beautiful ambiance can be found at Naan & Kabob in Scarborough (1801 Lawrence Avenue East).  Best of all, the prices here will not leave a big hole in your wallet.”

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Here is the Restaurant Takeover episode of Naan & Kabob:

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Part 2

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Zeerah

Zeerah

As much as we enjoy eating steaks, pastas and burgers, we also enjoy eating bun kababs and parathas. We are fairly picky about eating South Asian food outside because we almost always return disappointed. However, there’s one take-out that’s been tried and tested and has won our hearts for bun kababs and paratha/naan rolls: Zeerah!

Zeerah is a Pakistani take-out restaurant on 3050 Artesian Dr # 16, Mississauga (Hwy 403 & Winston Churchill). It’s right off the highway and since it’s a take-out it’s fairly convenient.

Though we’ve heard a number of items at Zeerah are great, we’ve thus far only tried their bun kababs and naan/paratha rolls. We apologize the pictures we took didn’t turn out great, as we didn’t want to unwrap our food too much and wanted to enjoy it as-is. We recommend that you visit their website (listed below) to view better pictures.

Bun Kabab & Chicken Boti Roll

Firstly, we had Beef Bun Kabab with Egg: one bite and we were loving it. A perfect combination of beef shami kabab, spicy chutney, onions and plain omelette egg. It was pure goodness! It had perfect amount of spices and was super tasty!

Up next, Chicken Boti Roll: we opted for naan for the roll. Chicken boti was very well seasoned, as it should be in a desi style kabab roll. Naan was piping hot and very soft. Since we consume naan fairly regularly, we agreed it was perfect for the kabab roll. Chicken boti accompanied with onions and green chutney (might we add, spicy) in a tandoor naan turned out to be a great combination.

Chicken Bihari Kabab Roll

We had Bihari Chicken Roll: we decided to pair bihari chicken with paratha. We were concerned that it may be a pre-made paratha that you warm up and serve. It turns out that the paratha was made from scratch and tasted great. So bihari chicken paired with green chutney in a great tasting paratha made us enjoy our roll very much!

Lastly, we order Halwa Poori Breakfast from Zeerah on weekends. Their single order consists of 2 pooris, spicy aloo (potatoes), chickpeas and halwa. Of the various places we’ve ordered halwa poori breakfast, Zeerah certainly tops the list!

In our humble opinion, paratha was a better choice, but we enjoy naans just as much. If you enjoy spicy desi food and have had great tasting bun kababs and rolls back home, you’ll agree that Zeerah compels you to enjoy every bite of the aforementioned items.

Please visit their website for details (for great pictures, menu and other info): Zeerah

p.s. We are in no way related to Zeerah. We truly enjoyed the items we tried and it’s rare that we come across good tasting Pakistani food outside. Hope you enjoy their food just as much as do!

Patna Kabab House

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Craving authentic Bihari Kababs and Nihari? Patna Kabab is the place to go!

We have tried many different Indian/Pakistani restaurants, but have always returned disappointed. However, when it comes to the aforementioned items, Patna Kabab has got them down pat! They have patrons travelling all the way from Mississauga (older sister) to Scarborough (younger sister) for their food. Here’s a link to their menu: Patna Kabab House Menu.

On our most recent trip to Patna we ordered these very items for our Saturday afternoon lunch. Their Nihari ($5.99) has the same slow-cooked taste as the Nihari from a small dhaba in Pakistan. The meat is very tender and they are quite generous with their botis. The level of spice is perfect; it’s neither bland nor super spicy. It comes garnished with julienne garlic, coriander and a piece of lemon. Nihari as good as Patna’s should only be eaten with hot and fresh Naan from the tandoor. The Naan are $1.25 each but completely worth it. We also ordered their Bihari Kabab ($6.99) plate which consisted of small pieces of beef on a hot plate garnished with onions. The younger sister is a not a huge fan of kababs but even she enjoyed them!

Nihari & Bihari Kabab with Naan.

We have tried a few other dishes, but have found these two dishes to be the best. Our mom loves their Nihari so much that whenever she passes by Patna she always gets two orders of Nihari for take-out.

We strongly feel that the decor of the restaurant does not match their great food. The decor is strictly average: it’s just a bunch of tables and chairs. It’s a fairly clean place but it’s not squeaky clean. If only this place spent some money on making the restaurant look half-decent we’d be all praises. The service is pretty quick and it’s also mainly self-serve. Saying that I would like to mention that this place does good business despite their shortcomings in the overall ambience of the restaurant. In case you’re visiting them in the evening, make sure you have reservations, as this place gets packed in the evenings. So if you’re looking for great Nihari and & Bihari Kababs then make sure you try Patna Kabab House.

Address: 1885 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough, ON, M1R 2Y3

Phone: 416-759-4920

Website: http://patnakababhouse.com/home2.aspx

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