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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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Brunch at Spice Shack

This restaurant has closed down as of March 14, 2015

Breakfast is our favourite meal of the day. So any chance that we get to make this meal grand and fancy, we jump to it. Upon learning that Spice Shack has introduced a brunch menu, we knew we had to try it. Currently, the brunch starts at 11am but the staff told us that they may start it earlier, which is great because we like to eat our breakfast early! We ordered the Nutella Banana Crepes and the Eggs Benedict. We thought the crepes would be overly sweet but to our surprise, the sweetness was not overwhelming at all. We highly recommend trying this item.   photo 1   The Eggs Benedict were delicious as well. We asked them to remove bacon because one of us does not like it too much. The eggs were perfectly poached and seasoned well. The spicy, South Asian style side of potatoes brought in the fusion element that we like so much at Spice Shack. Yum yum yum!photo 2 Happy brunching! Address: 308 Painted Post Drive Scarborough, ON. M1G 2M3 Phone:  647 748 0786 Website:  http://www.spiceshack.ca


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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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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.”

Click here for the full article. 

Here is the Restaurant Takeover episode of Naan & Kabob:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


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La Sani Grill

Have you checked out our review of La Sani Grill on Halal Foodie?

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“The Reshami Kabab’s were moist and bursting with flavour. Again, they were on the mild side and are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. They were so good that we would actually describe them as perfect!”

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Halal Gummy Candies

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Growing up in North America, we always longed for halal gummy candy. It was frustrating to find gelatin in almost every brand of gummy candy we wanted to buy.  We would sometimes buy them from halal grocery stores but the candy always seemed hard and stale.

All our halal gummy candy problems were solved when Blossom and Bean introduced Yumy Yumy Gummy Candy this past summer. We were in gummy candy heaven! As you can guess from the above picture, we get a bit carried away whenever we have an opportunity to buy their candy. Our favourites are Funny Bears, Wonder Worms, Savory Sharks, Lovable Lobsters and Groovy Bananas. They are $2.50 each and Blossom and Bean usually has various deals going on such as their 10 for $10 and/or 5 for $10 deals. These make great Eid presents for kids (and even adults).

These halal gummy candies can be purchased online on the Blossom and Bean website, at Kaamilah boutique located 3031 Markham Road, Unit 32 and many Muslim events throughout the GTA.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


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Breakfast at Sizzling Skillet

We paid a few visits to Sizzling Skillet when it first opened for lunch & dinner but we weren’t too impressed, so we didn’t think of going back. Ever (harsh, but true).

However, when we recently learned about their Toblerone pancakes, we reluctantly decided to give their breakfast a try. We are big suckers for good breakfast. So one lazy Saturday morning, we said hey, let’s go give Sizzling Skillet a try today. The one incentive we had of trying this place again was their customer service. We have always appreciated their friendly and attentive service. We thought to ourselves, it’s ok if the breakfast turns out to be not so great….at least the customer service will rock!

We were in for a surprise. The breakfast was amazing! Yes! It’s true. We ordered Toblerone Pancakes ($6.25) and Western Omelette ($7.95). The pancakes were soft and fluffy and had Toblerone shredded on top. We enjoyed these with lots of maple syrup (om nom nom anyone?). We usually think pancakes are kind of boring but these made us change our mind. These were truly awesome!

Toblerone Pancakes at Sizzling Skillet

Toblerone Pancakes at Sizzling Skillet

We also ordered the Western Omelette, which came with rye bread and hash browns. This omelette had bell peppers, onions, salami and cheese. We gotta admit, salami was the reason we ordered this particular omelette. It did not disappoint. The omelette was delicious, the veggies were sautéed to perfection, the salami was as a good as it sounded and the cheese…well, you can’t go wrong with cheese. The hash browns were okay-ish but the rye bread was great. One bite and we were surprised at how good it tasted! Our bill came up to $16 and change which was pretty reasonable for two people in our opinion.

Western Omelette at Sizzling Skillet

Western Omelette at Sizzling Skillet

We loved the breakfast so much that we decided to back the very next weekend and again ordered Toblerone Pancakes as well as Steak & Cheese Omelette Panini ($7.98). If you look at the menu you won’t find the Steak & Cheese Omelette Panini. It is because it was an item that the chef had us try as it is something he is thinking of introducing.

Steak & Cheese Panini at Sizzling Skillet

Steak & Cheese Panini at Sizzling Skillet

Hands down, this panini was the best thing we ever ate for breakfast.  Tender steak, oozing cheese, and hot sauce between two slices of rye bread. One word: UH-MA-ZING! This was so good that we didn’t want to share it with each other. We highly recommend this item. Just ask the chef to make your Steak & Cheese Omelette into a panini and you will be able to enjoy this delicious breakfast.

Steak & Cheese Omelette Panini

Steak & Cheese Omelette Panini

So if you’re in Scarborough and in the mood for breakfast (with halal meat option), make sure you visit Sizzling Skillet.

Their customer service remains very good!

Please note: We were under the impression that breakfast is only on weekends. A recent phone call confirmed that it is also available during weekdays from 10am-3pm.

Address: 

2290 Markham road (At Finch)

Toronto, Ontario

Phone: (416) 321-9991