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Marrakech Restaurant

Check out our review of Marrakech Restaurant on Halal Foodie.

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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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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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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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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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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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Bamiyan’s Sheer Yakh

Our all time favourite dessert is Bamiyan’s Sheer Yakh (Afghan ice cream). It is not uncommon for us to go to Bamiyan just for this dessert. It is possibly the most incredible and unique ice cream we have ever tried. Rose water is a key ingredient in this ice cream, which makes this frozen dessert unique.

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The ice cream is not as creamy as traditional North American ice cream. It is refreshing and not heavy at all. It is so good that we usually have trouble stopping ourselves from devouring all of it. The serving size is generous and consists of roughly three scoops.

Over the years we have learned that only the Markham location offers this particular dessert. We have inquired in the past at the Thorncliffe and Mississauga locations but they did not offer it.

Have you tried Bamiyan’s Sheer Yakh?


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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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Indulge Desserts by Fareena

A friend of ours throws the most amazing parties ever. She always has interesting themes, beautiful decor, fun games, delicious food and scrumptious desserts. Needless to say, we always attend her parties.

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At her most recent party, she ordered a gorgeous ombre rosette cake to match the orchids. Although the cake was absolutely stunning, we were skeptical about the taste. In our experience, you can’t judge a cake by it’s appearance. It is usually the too-pretty-to-eat cakes that turn out to be dry from the inside and lack flavour. We are sure you can agree that it is not just about the outside of the cake that matters, the inside is the deal maker or deal breaker.

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At this party we made sure to leave room for dessert and we are glad we did. One bite…and we are no exaggerating…one bite and we were in a state of amazement. The cake was super moist (which is rare) and the frosting was soft and luxurious (even more rare). The chocolate cake was incredible beyond belief.
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We thought we were the only ones who thought this but as we looked around the room, all the guests had huge smiles on their faces as they indulged in this dessert. All the guests were raving (as we are right now) about the cake after the party. We kid you not, this was possibly the best cake we have had in a really long time.

We inquired right away from the host about whom she had ordered the cake from. This cake was from Indulge Desserts by Fareena in Markham. Currently, we are trying to find an excuse to order a cake from her. Eid is too far away…

Website:

Indulge Desserts

Phone number:

(416) 453-8790


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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Here are some pictures of the buffet stations.

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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!

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

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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