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Dessert at Affy’s

Those who know us know that we love the food at Affy’s. Despite our many complaints with this restaurant, we continue to go back again and again for the food and especially the dessert. When it comes to dessert, we are a little bit picky because we want to indulge in a dessert that is truly worth the calories. Out of all the halal restaurants we have visited, we feel that Affy’s knocks it out of the park when it comes to their dessert menu.

Our all time favourite is their Tiramisu. It is heavenly to say the least! The cake is uber moist, the mascarpone cheese is creamy and fresh and the ladyfingers are drenched in just the perfect amount of mocha coffee. Drizzled with caramel sauce and garnished with whipped cream, this tiramisu is worth the trek to Affy’s.

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The Molten Lava Cake is another great dessert option. The warm chocolate cake is chocolaty enough to satisfy any chocolate lover’s sweet tooth (did we just use the word chocolate three times in one sentence?). It is topped with vanilla ice cream, and garnished with whipped cream and chocolate and caramel sauces. One bite, and you will not want to share this.

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The newest item on Affy’s dessert menu is their White Chocolate Bread Pudding. This was the most scrumptious dessert that we have had to date. It almost tied with the Tiramisu for being our favourite dessert. The warm bread pudding is served on chilled white chocolate sauce and it is absolutely decadent. We regret sharing this dessert. We spoon-fighted each other for the last bite.

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Have you tried any of these desserts? Do let us know!

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Affy’s Premium Grill

Everybody in GTA has either heard of Affy’s or has likely tried it.

When and how did we first discover Affy’s, well that’s a story worth sharing!

Nadia was out on a skating excursion with her friends and having dinner at Affy’s Premium Grill (for the first time, shortly after when it first opened its doors in Pickering) thereafter was part of the plan. Unfortunately, Nadia fell and injured herself while skating. She was in a lot of pain, but didn’t wanna miss out on having dinner at Affy’s because (i) to try their food (ii) to see what the hype is all about.

Nadia ended up going to Affy’s afterwards for dinner. She got their famous Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breast. By now Nadia was in so much pain that a friend of her’s had to feed her. The verdict was in and she absolutely loved their food!

By the time Nadia got home, she could barely move her arm. She was taken to the hospital to make sure everything’s alright. Nadia had fractured her elbow and had a cast on for the next little while.

We sort of became a regular at Affy’s Premium Grill, to the point where we decided to take a break for a bit, so that we can enjoy their food again with the same level of enthusiasm. As commonly known, Affy’s customer service has been a hit or a miss; however, we’ve noticed it’s been improving overtime.

Here’s a list of some of our favourite items on the menu:

Antijitos

 

Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breast

 

Jalapeno Steak Penne

  • Antijitos (with chicken)
  • Stuffed Cajun Chicken Breast
  • Jalapeño Steak Penne
  • Fillet Mignon
  • Tiramisu
  • Pina Coladas

Though we have tried many other menu items, the aforementioned have become our favourite.

Affy’s now has 2 locations (Pickering & Mississauga). Please visit the following URL for details: Affy’s Premium Grill

We understand this is much less a review and more about how we stumbled across Affy’s. Most folks in the Muslim community in GTA have tried Affy’s. In case anyone has a particular question regarding our meal(s) at Affy’s, we’ll be more than happy to answer.


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Crème brûlée @ Flavors Cafe

Crème Brûlée at Flavors Cafe

Crème Brûlée at Flavors Cafe

We have reviewed Flavors Cafe in the past and continue to go back, as time permits. It has actually turned into our favourite hang out spot! We have decided to briefly review them again after trying their crème brûlée. We have tried their regular crème brûlée, Darjeeling Tea Crème brûlée  and Milo crème brûlée. Each time the dessert was expertly done and finger licking good (literally!). Crème brûlée has a custard base and a hard caramel top. The custard is smooth and mellow and the crunchy top layer is the perfect crush to this exquisite dessert. Best of all, it is light and good for sharing.

It is priced very reasonably at about $3.00 and change. So if you are in the area, had dinner next door, or want a place for a great dessert, we would definitely recommend giving the crème brûlée at Flavors Cafe a try. 

Address:

2200 Brock Road

Pickering, ON, L1V 2P8

Website: http://www.flavorscafe.ca/

Flavors Cafe & Eatery

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Times have changed. These days we are more likely to find out about a new restaurant through social networks than through word of mouth. This was definitely the case with Flavors Cafe and Eatery, which we found through Twitter. The owner is doing a great job by promoting the restaurant on this social network through frequent tweets about the menu, the timings and all the cool things about this new eatery. Right away the address seemed very familiar: 2200 Brock Road. Wait a second…that’s the same plaza as Affy’s! That plaza is a happening place now: Affy’s, Flavors Cafe, Silverspoon, a new grocery store that offers halal meat and Masjid across the road. Perfect location!

We visited this place on a Monday night to see what all the hype was about. The place was well lit and well kept with a modern look. The walls were freshly painted, the tiled floors were clean and the tables were ready for customers. The chalkboard menu boards were definitely the hippest detail of this cafe.

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When our server handed us the menu cards we were a little surprised at how small it was. Hmm…just a few items of the menu? However, on second thought it made sense for a cafe (remember it’s not a restaurant) to keep their food menu simple. We are all in favour of a menu that has 5 solid items than a menu with 25 items that all taste the same.

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We ordered the Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with fries and the Southwest Chicken Sandwich (server’s recommendation) with poutine (instead of plain fries). We were excited to see the chefs in the kitchen in proper uniforms and hoped for good food.

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This was hands down the best item we tried at Flavours. The breaded chicken breast was fried to perfection so that we each bite we took was full of crunchy goodness. The chicken was topped with parmesan cheese and a jalapeño-tomato sauce served on a toasted bun. The sauce complimented the chicken perfectly and enhanced an otherwise simple sandwich. The fries were unique with a bit of a sweet taste to them. We think they may have been sweet potato fries? We liked the way the sandwich was presented with the red sauce, the green lettuce and the golden fries against the white plate.

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We were a little disappointed the way this sandwich was presented. The presentation lacked colour (aside from that green leaf sticking out) and we wished there was just a little something somethin’ to jazz it up. We admit that the plate would have looked more complete if the fries were served on the side but since we had asked our fries to be upgraded to poutine, it was served separately. As for the sandwich itself, we were not wow-ed by it. It seemed like a piece of chicken between two slices of bread with some fancy sauce. The sandwich had a strong tamarind chutney taste, which we think may have been an attempt at fusion cuisine.

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The poutine looked scrumptious. We were happy to see cheese curds being used instead of shredded mozzarella cheese. The poutine had an overall sweet taste to it which was probably due to fries. However, the gravy also seemed to have a bit of sweet taste to it. Overall, it was an interesting take on poutine.

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We were surprised when the server brought over another plate of food. The chef had sent complimentary Hush Puppies for us to try. Talk about good service! Hush puppies are made cornmeal batter that is deep fried to bite sized pieces. We quite enjoyed the savoury taste of the hush puppies with the mustard sauce provided on the side. Yum!

The portions of food were generous and good for the price. We really, really wanted to try the creme brule for dessert but we were so stuffed that we had to skip dessert.

Flavors Cafe is a also shisha bar but since us sisters are not the shisha-smoking kinda girls we did not check the shisha menu. They do have a lounge set up with comfy couches for that purpose.

There are a lot of things going for this cafe:

-A menu that doesn’t overwhelm the customers

-Southern food options not available at other halal restaurants

-Coffee, tea, smoothies, food and shisha all under one roof

-Great hang out place

-Clean and tidy!

-Free wifi

-Open late (sometimes past midnight)

There are some things we think they can improve on:

-The paint colour doesn’t really work for us. The green walls didn’t give us the cafe or shisha bar vibe. A warmer colour for the walls may help in creating the intended ambiance

-Ditch the TVs. No need TVs in a cafe. However, we were glad that the TVs were tuned to Food Network and not CP24.

-Some wall art

-A description of the food items on the menu

Flavors Cafe is a great addition to the list of halal food establishments and we are hopeful that they will do great, inshallah. Their good food and great service will definitely lead them to success.

Address:

2200 Brock Road

Pickering, ON, L1V 2P8

Website: http://www.flavorscafe.ca/

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