Best Halal Restaurants Toronto 2016

Best Halal Restaurants Toronto 2016

Best Halal Restaurants Toronto 2016. The last few years in the GTA has seen the birth of many innovative and exciting halal restaurants, making Toronto the envy of the Halal restaurant scene for much of North America. As great as this is for halal foodies across Toronto, it makes writing the ‘Best Of’ list for 2016′ that much harder. From the growth and expansion of some of your favourite restaurants to the introduction of new restaurants to the halal dining scene, it becomes harder and harder to decide who to consider a ‘top’ Toronto restaurant.

We compiled this list factoring in aspects like consistency, ambience, taste, and a passion to serve innovative and excellent food. It’s also a combination of our opinions, our dining experiences, the success of restaurants as a whole, and your feedback through our social networks. Through our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other channels, we listened to your opinions as best as we could. If you aren’t already, follow us on our platforms and stay connected to help us constantly improve and be on top of what’s happening in Toronto.

And of course, all restaurants featured on halalfoodie.ca are completely halal; no pork products, no alcohol served, fully halal menus, and only hand-slaughtered halal poultry. Finally, we remind our readers that ownership, meat sources, and halal authenticity can change anytime with restaurants. We advise that you always double-check before going out to eat and if you come across any new information, contact us and let us know!

Here’s what we’ve come up with for Best Halal Restaurants Toronto 2016 (in ALPHABETICAL ORDER!):

Affys

2220 Brock Rd, Pickering, (905) 239-5415
It’s no shocker here that Affy’s Premium Grill is yet again on our list for best halal restaurants in Toronto. They were the pioneers of the halal dining scene who finally broke the routine of only halal pizza or shawarma. They had bumps along the way — some may have still left people scarred — but there’s no denying that they have a huge fan base that is unparalleled. Finally, their 2-can-dine for $30 from Monday-Thursday evenings is an amazing deal, with menu items you may not see other nights of the week
. So whenever you decide to go, we advise that you call in for reservations first.
Must try: Cajun Stuffed Chicken, BBQ Ribs

Bamiyan Kabob

Six locations across the GTA
This may not be a surprise but, this was still a tough addition. Afghan food is plentiful and there are some very tasty choices. This decision went down to the polls and Bamiyan came out as the winner, with honourable mentions for Kandahar Kabab Naan & Kabob. Bamiyan is the most well-known of the three heavy-hitting Afghan restaurants, and it’s also the oldest of the three. They’ve consistently served good food and their fresh naan is their staple. With locations all across the GTA, Bamiyan is easily accessible and accommodating. So perhaps that’s why they seem to resonate more with halal-eaters of the GTA.
Must try: Sultani Kabob, Barg Kabob, Boulagnee

Black Ox Bistro

1780 Markham Rd, Scarborough, (416) 297-5777
Black Ox Bistro is an answer to another issue that halal diners across the GTA were having – finding good, upscale halal food in a high-end setting. You can come here for client meetings, special occasions and even when hosting events. They offer a uniquely creative menu, delivering North American and Italian favourites, ranging from flatbreads to sandwiches, entrees to steaks, and seafood to pastas. They also carry specialty meat platters for heavy eaters, and a variety of gourmet drinks for those who enjoy a lighter pleasure. The ambience and presentation are what pushes Black Ox Bistro over the top, finding themselves on a spot in this year’s ‘Best Of’.
Must try: Beef Wellington, Brisket Poutine, Chipotle Chicken Flatbread, Steak (of your choice).

Burger Factory

Three locations across the GTA
When it comes to burgers, nothing quite matters as much as the quality of the beef and ingredients used in the burger. Burger Factory is your traditional burger joint, serving up all classics alongside unique items like their Tornado Fries and Funnel Cakes for dessert.  And while they stick to the classics, they do it right. Using fresh premium beef that they grind in-house, Burger Factory delivers great quality burgers with that juicy, fresh taste that burger-lovers crave. Pair that with a fresh poutine or onion rings, and you’ve got yourself a meal that hits home. With locations in Mississauga, Vaughan, and now in Downtown Toronto, you can satisfy your craving anywhere you go.
Must try: Juicy Lucy, Poutine, Funnel Cake

The Burgernator

269 Augusta Ave, Toronto, (647) 748-0990
The Burgernator reinvented the halal burger and they did it with attitude. Since their opening in 2013, they’ve been the favourite burger spot for many and according to your votes and feedback, they still are. With their military theme, blacked out interior on wooden tables, and artwork plastering the walls, The Burgernator makes it their mission to take burgers to the next level. It’s not just their beef patty that stands out but, the options they provide. They also take the time to create weekly specials that are totally different from their regular menu. With a passion like this, it’s no wonder The Burgernator is a top Toronto restaurant.
Must Try: The Big Bang, Atomic Burger, Burgernator Fries

Cluck Clucks

222 The Esplanade, Toronto, (647) 748-2582
Love it or hate it, chicken & waffles has taken the foodie scene by storm over the past year. Clucks Clucks in downtown Toronto has since jumped on the trend, specializing in the savoury waffle meal with the traditional chicken & waffles style or their innovative chicken & waffles sandwiches & Twacos. But they don’t just serve regular waffles. Cluck Clucks infuses their batter in-house with jalapeno and cheddar, giving this dish a well-rounded palette of flavours for a full, satisfying meal. Of all the places serving chicken & waffles, Cluck Clucks received the best feedback and many recommendations. Their excellent food and drive for originality is what put them on this year’s ‘Best of’ list.
Must Try: Mother Clucker, Cluck Yeah!

Galitos

731 Central Pkwy W, Mississauga, (905) 896-7373
When the Portuguese sailed by the east coast of Africa on their way to India, they came across the peri-peri pepper. Eventually, peri-peri found its way onto rotisserie chicken, and the rest was history. Although mostly found in the West-end of the GTA, Galitos is a fan favourite when it comes to rotisserie chicken. Made with their special peri-peri spice and served with their peri-peri sauce, Galitos serves chicken that’s very-very good. They offer their chicken at different spice levels, from Lemon Herb to Very Spicy, so there’s something for everyone. Overall, it’s a great venue to go with friends and the food is consistently good.
Must Try: Whole Chicken, Peri Peri Fries, Coleslaw, Chicken Burger

Mushkaki

145 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, (416) 747-6874
Of some of the most unique restaurants found in Toronto is Mushkaki, a small restaurant whose diner-themed menu is given an East-African touch, with all of their food made from scratch, in-house, daily. Their menu is mostly familiar with items like burgers, pastas, kabobs, steaks, etc. but their East-African flavour profile turns these dishes into something completely different. Their prices are very fair, their servings are large, and the food is full of flavour. Anyone who’s been to Mushkaki has been one to recommend it with excitement. All things considered, Mushkaki is deserving of a spot on 2016’s ‘Best of’ list.
Must try: Beef Burger, Beef Katta Katta, Sweet Tomato Chicken, Mushkaki Fries

Paramount

Several locations across the GTA
What started as a single restaurant in Mississauga has turned into franchise of 60 restaurants across Canada, the USA, Lebanon and Pakistan. Paramount’s vision for excellence was driven by their passion for serving authentic food. Their Lebanese-style restaurants have in-store bakeries, complimentary bread, and comfortable seating for a great experience with friends or families. Paramount’s efforts have taken them a long way, and their restaurants can be found all over the GTA.
Must try: Shish tawouk, Manakeesh, Musaaka, Mixed BBQ Platter

Pizza la Rosa

2555 Victoria Park Ave #19, Scarborough, (416) 551-7672
You can expect nothing less than high-quality, authentic Italian food at Pizza La Rosa. One look at the menu will have you know that this place isn’t your typical pizza and pasta restaurant. Highlighted with menu items that are true to Italian dining, Pizza La Rosa takes pride is serving food with fresh, high quality ingredients, while making all of their sauces in-house. Pasta lovers will be left to marvel at their menu and pizza lovers have to look no further. This truly is a restaurant that has to be tried to understand the quality of their food.
Must try: Pizza, Lasagna, Chicken Parm Sandwich

Restoran Malaysia

815 Major Mackenzie Dr E, Richmond Hill, (905) 508-1432
A rare type of cuisine in the GTA is Malaysian food, which is a fusion of Chinese, Indian, and Malay foods. What you’ll find is a variety of dishes that blend spices with fresh herbs, and a menu filled with items consisting of lemon-grass, coconut, plum sauce, pineapple, peanuts & cashews, and other combinations that aren’t seen elsewhere. The result is a menu filled with flavourful items, and a restaurant that is often busy. The only downside is their policy of no reservations. But come early, and the food will be worth the wait.
Must try: Chicken Satay, Pad Thai, Chicken Masak Masam Manis, Masak Lemax Hijau

Roman Zaman

325 Central Pkwy W #8, Mississauga, (905) 276-0101
Roman Zaman will transport you back into one of the oldest cities and civilizations in the history of the world: Damascus. One of the most well decorated, ambient restaurants found in the GTA, Roman Zaman left no page unturned when planning out the dining experience in their restaurant. From the tables, to the walls, to your plates and your platters, this venue is an artwork turned into a restaurant. Their menu stays true to their heritage while offering some fusion foods, combining old with new, and featuring their speciality pomegranates on select dishes. There’s no question that they put a lot of hard-work and dedication into this restaurant.
Must try: Muhammara, Fattet Hummus & Pomegranate, Roman Zaman Grills, Roman Zaman Kibbeh

Honourable Mentions:

ASAP City

2075 Danforth Ave, Toronto
Although new to the scene in Toronto’s halal restaurant market, ASAP City reinvented the sandwich. Their Parisian inspired-food combined with their urban-culture resulted in a restaurant with a hip vibe and great food. All of their sauces and spices are made in-house, they source high-quality chicken and beef, they have a great variety of styles too choose from, and they just know how to make a tasty sandwich. Not often do you find fast-food-type restaurants that put this much effort into creativity and use fresh ingredients in their foods. But when you do, you have a restaurant that’s worth mentioning alongside some of Toronto’s top restaurants.
Must try: Red SAP, Le French, Philly Steak, Swissalicious, ASAP’outine

That’s our list for Best Halal Restaurants Toronto 2016! Agree or disagree? Leave your comments below!

By: November 19, 2016

39 Comments


  • Well chosen


  • Although not marketed RD’s Southern BBQ in Mississauga by hwy 10 and Derry has made all their beef and chicken halal.


  • You have missed Watan Kabaob, best Afghan cuisine in town


  • Affis has the worst customer service ever specially the pickering location!


    • I concur. I’m not sure how it made this list…smh


      • i Agree…they denied us take out one day during Ramadhan. The owner was extremely rude and we have not gone back since


        • While the food at Affys is nice, and I enjoy the catered meal at various events, I’m forever turned off the Pickering location. It’s always unclean and grimy, odds are you’ll get a chair that feels like it’s falling apart, and the last time we went, we were hounded by fruit flies. Some cleanliness would go a LONG way.


    • why are you hiding behind a fake name, talking ish on the internet on November 20, 2016

      get a life


    • Affis is the best at Pickering. Very good servers and respectful.
      Food is amazing.
      Islam Nabi


  • I think these restaurants may pay halal foodie for advertisement. Don’t get me wrong these restos are great… But there are many more.


    • Halal Foodie on November 19, 2016

      You should really ask vs. speculate. We have very clear ad spaces (banner ads) on our website which any business (that’s halal) can pay for to advertise. There are TONS of great halal restaurants — correct. What limits us is meat sourcing, we make sure the restaurants we feature fit our criteria before we mention them anywhere on this site. Basically, read the blurb at the top and you’ll understand how the list is compiled.


      • What a touchy response. Relax.


        • Halal Foodie on November 26, 2016

          What’s touchy about it? I’m telling the person to get their facts before coming to conclusions about how we run our website and then I’m telling them to read the post for info on how and why select the places we do.


  • Mr pide 800 danforth


  • Mushkaki is one of my favorites..


  • Many of those should not be on the list among the best and I would never recommend to others.
    Although they may have nice atmosphere, the quality of food does not live up to the hype at black ox bistro, roman zaman and paramount. There are many others that can be in their place. Black ox bistro is okay but not among the best and roman zaman and paramount have the worst quality food and don’t deserve to be mentioned.


  • You guys forgot top gun stake easily the best halal burger joint been to this year


    • have u been to burgernator? I think that selection is dead on! burgernator by far best Burger in town!


  • TopGun Steak in Toronto is by far the best Halal restaurant I’ve ever eaten at.


  • Pizza La Rosa deserves the top of the list. We have visited the beautiful Toronto 3 times in last 2 years from New York City; every time we had the opportunity to visit this awesome Italian food place. What I can tell you is that Pizza La Rosa can easily compete with many top notch Italian Restaurants of NYC (I tried many of them). PLR is truly an authentic more than a pizza place with amazing homely service. All should try.


  • Hashmat Arshad on November 20, 2016

    all you haters need to stop and be grateful that we offer halal options in the city obviously you have never served muslims (speaking as a Muslim in the restaurant industry +5 years) but I will tell you we are the most rude, disrespectful, and ungrateful customers ever. You have no idea how hard it is just to start up, stay afloat in this cut throat industry where the profit margins are slim, then on top of that deal with probably the worst type of annoying, uneducated customers, who want there food in 5 min, but will not even look at the menu and read it… then obviously harass us for discounts just because we are from the same background… let’s be real here people.
    So many countries are dying from starvation, half the world are dying for halal options and here in Toronto we have so many options, we have halal foodie we’re actually creating a HUGE change in the city like never before, and instead of supporting understanding, empathizing all you losers are just in here writing bad reviews of this place and that one server etc… cmon seriously get a life, next time you want to critisize and give bad reviews (because anyone can find faults in anything) how about you think, what I am doing to help the halal food industry, or to feed my community, or even help muslims? To most of you your answers to all the above will be nothing… but it’s okay you guys eat out allthe time at this non halal restaurant, & we go to this place, ” so we know how it should be” …
    the way muslims act at halal restaurant it’s So unIslamic you guys all might as well go to mcdonalds and order a Bigmac. As muslims we should have etiquette, respect, understanding, and gratefulness that first we have FOOD TO EAT, & second that people are serving us literally every day because they love feeding the community, & giving back, & I can tell you there is no better feeling than feeding your fellow brother and seeing the smile on his face. With the way the world is going now we need to stick together more than ever, we need more halal restaurant because they also offer safe spaces for our youth to hang out and be in a positive environment. We need to stop putting each other down, and build each other up, because everyone is already against us, we cannot begin to fight within ourselves. Some of you may be thinking that wow this guy is snapping, but honestly I haven’t even got started… at least if I change the perspective of one person that’s all I hope for. A man asked The prophet PBUH said, what is the best thing after prayer and acts of worship, he replied, to feed the people.

    It is impossible to be perfect we are all human and we make mistakes, we are all going through personal issues that no one knows aswell, so next time you go to any restaurant just keep in mind that you are a Muslim and that alone should dictate your behavior. Imagine if all the halal restaurants which all you criticize, and give bad reviews to you shut down. Every single one of them. Then what would you guys do? Where would your families eat? , I know it’s hard, but it is a work in progress, the halal food industry is just starting to grow so please be patient it takes time, and wait for your food…


    • We’ll said and put in to Muslim public! But at the same time “cleanliness” goes hand in hand!
      And alertness of the server. These servers are scared if their bosses:-(!… Owners train your servers not bully them please so your establishment can do much better. Service with a smile!


      • Well said! Islamic etiquette goes both ways, and hopefully you have met some nice Muslim customers along the way? Cleanliness, professional friendly service, and good quality food (depending on the price) should always be of upmost priority.


  • Hashmat Arshad on November 20, 2016

    Wow, is all I can say.
    I wrote a huge reply to all the negative comments, however when I submitted it, it failed to upload. I thought its okay, leave it.. until I revisited the post and viewed more and more negative comments and feedback.
    I get it though, you went to a restaurant had a bad experience, and now you make it your life goal to defame them and ensure that no one else eats there…
    I just want to call out all you so called “foodies/ bloggers/ critiques” right now.

    Yep thats right I’m calling you guys out..
    oh wait its hard to do that because you all hide behind pseudonyms and your laptops leaving negative comments & stories of horrible customer experiences on EVERY SINGLE RESTAURANT. So I would just like to ask you all 2 things.

    1. What is your problem?

    Okay you had a bad experience, you didn’t like your food, your server was rude. Is it justifiable to go OUT of your way, write a post on the internet which will remain FOREVER just to defame and hurt your fellow Muslim brothers business?

    2. What are you doing for the halal food industry?

    Just because you take the occasional pic on Insta, & you get 5 likes, YOU ARE NOT A FOOD BLOGGER. Sorry y’all i had to say it. This time I am behind my laptop, and my chai has gotten cold, so i am not holding back. ANYONE can make negative comments about ANYTHING. Let that marinate. So you posting your negative comments or your horrible dining experience is really you not doing anything, you are just complaining. You have never served hungry muslims in Ramadan while you are also fasting, You have never worked in a restaurant, let alone HALAL restaurant, you have never helped feed the community, or you have never even taken one minute to appreciate that you have access to Toronto’s diverse Halal options. Now think about your 1000’s of great meals, and great dining experiences, have you ever written a positive, nice, grateful comment? Obviously not! I know you didn’t even tip your server or say thank-you after you left your table a mess, with food all over the floor.

    Lets be real, coming from a Muslim who has worked in the halal restaurant industry for over 5 years, unfortunately Muslims are the worst customers.
    We are rude, disrespectful, impatient, cheap, and believe just because we share the same background or “come here all the time”, we are entitled to a discount. It saddens me to say this, because just being Muslim alone should dictate our behaviour, whether we are in a Halal Restaurant or not. I know you guys don’t act like that when your at non- Halal restaurants, so why do you act like that with your fellow Muslims? Then we get the people who compare us to billion dollar franchises, and say “I know how it should be i go out all the time”… let me tell you something. I have worked in non- halal restaurants before and 60%+ of their sales come from alcohol. I know most of you guys won’t get it so let me dumb it down, we can’t afford to be as big or as fast as them, because most of their money comes from selling alcohol. if your still reading this I’m surprised, because y’all don’t even read the menu…

    I just want to put things in perspective. Some people around the world are starving and dying due to malnutrition, while others are dying to have halal options in their countries. Here we are in Toronto, so privilaged however we lack appreciation and are ungrateful, furthermore we go out of our way to hurt the businesses who are there to literally FEED US. I know we are not perfect, mistakes do get made, however everyone is going through their own battle which you have no idea about. The Halal food industry in Toronto is just getting started, and as most of you know its the same with your food, it takes time.

    I know most people will take this the wrong way, however what I’m trying to say is that yes your are entitled to your own opinion. Just have SOME patience, empathy, and gratitude when expressing yourself. The way half of you act in halal restaurants you might as well go to Mc Donald’s and eat a big mac. For some of you reading this you might be offended, good. That means your one of the people with a problem, how does it feel? Imagine if every halal restaurant started posting and making reviews about the customers, naming them and writing everything they did on the internet. You are doing the exact same thing, just imagine if the tables turned.

    Now more than ever Muslims need to come together, instead of fighting within ourselves. Instead of putting each other down, and complaining being negative in general, we should really think, what if Toronto had no Halal food options? Where would i go, where would my family eat? Where would the youth go to hang out? I see the frustration on all ends, from the customers, the business owners, and the employees, every halal restaurant is facing the same challenges. There is not one solution, and nothing will change over night that I can tell you. We just have to keep moving forward as Canadian Muslims, and I can tell you I am so excited to see how the Halal food industry will BLOW UP (I had to lol), in the future.

    A man asked the Prophet PBUH , after praying and all acts of worship what is the best thing, he replied, ” To Feed the People”.
    Everyone working in the halal food industry is not just doing it for the $$$ that i can guarantee, or else we would have all quit years ago! There is a greater reason why we are doing it, and I can tell you nothing beats feeding a human being and seeing a smile on their face.

    Well my breakfast is beyond cold now, but I’m not going to blame the server just because i was typing on my laptop. I hope this changed your perspective or at least made you start to think.

    Peace and Love, your Brother Hashmat Arshad


    • Halal Foodie on November 21, 2016

      THANK YOU! You’ve won best comment on this site.


    • TOTALLY AGREE!!! WOOT! Thank you for saying it!!! I wish this comment had more attention.


    • Sharif Sheikh on November 23, 2016

      I have read every word of your writing which is very thoughtful and bitter truth to some extent. Not all of the Muslim customers/ guests are bad. I would say the umber wise their ratio is very low. We need to be more focused, passionate and respectful to each other. We all are working hard to make a good living by serving good food and better service to our patrons. At the same time, our customers are also spending their hardship money to be satisfied. So, without our Muslim patrons, what is the point to put a sign “HALAL”. Finally, being a Muslim , this is our duty/obligation to make/ serve Halal food and on the other hand, our Muslim patrons should respect our hard work .


    • That’s a bit too much don’t you think ? Who would want to read your rant🤔not me


      • Well said!!! We muslims should learn to be grateful and respectful to these halal restaurants. They are working hard to serve us.


    • Salaam brother. So I read your long rant about how Muslims are worst customers you’ve ever had. First of all, if those Muslim’s never came to your restaurant you wouldn’t have one. So instead of being a keyboard warrior which you are claiming others to be, you should also watch what you say. Otherwise, spell out your restaurant and hours of operation, let us come and try out what you’re offering.

      EVERYONE should have etiquette when they step out of their house, this goes for the customer, but it absolutely goes to the owner and employees of a restaurant as well. I’ve seen with my own eyes the owners of restaurants yelling, swearing and arguing with customers because the customer’s child is out of control. Yes, it is annoying the customer’s child is out of control, but what happened to speaking in a level headed way?

      The fact of the matter is, you’re in an industry where you can’t control what type of people come in, but you need to be able to serve everyone. Restaurants need to present their place as a place that someone can enjoy, I don’t see that in more than half of the halal restaurants I go to. Have you ever walked into a mens bathroom in some of these places? You can’t stand there for longer than 5 seconds without the sensation of vomiting. Some places look like a dump but yet you still get customers coming so really the restaurant owner is getting the benefit of the doubt. He’s not holding up his side of the deal (cleanliness) yet people are still coming by to spend money.

      What about those same restaurants that lie to their customers about halal status? What about the ones that have done shady “un-Islamic” things to open their restaurant (BLACK OX) and serve food on false pretense? If you want customers to eat at McDonald’s, they might as well eat at these places because they aren’t knowingly committing a sin. It isn’t the customer that did this, a customer comes to a restaurant and sees a halal sign, then we have to investigate to make sure it’s actually halal? I can’t take your word for it apparently because there has been some trust lost there between the two.

      Nobody is trying to bash a restaurant, because you’re right, the folks of Toronto are spoiled with how amazing the selection of halal restaurants there are here. But if you see negative reviews under your restaurant then you clearly must have did something that warranted it. I’ve read reviews where people give 3/5 stars because while they were eating at a place where other customers were making too much noise yet the food was good. How is it your fault? Well, it’s your restaurant, you got the 3/5 because no attempt was made to try and remedy the situation. If someone walked into my clinic and started throwing things off the wall because they’re bored in waiting to see the doctor, I’m not going to just let it happen, I, or my staff, have to step in and do something about it.

      Overall though, if all the reviews you saw were positive, then I know your rant wouldn’t exist. I understand how hard everyone works for where they are, and the same level of respect should go both ways. The unfortunate thing is the world doesn’t work like that. I’ve also seen owners and employees go above and beyond what they would be required to do, so it is not every restaurant that has this problem. Communication is key, if you aren’t actively trying to help/fix/find a solution/have your own patience/or just in general a nice person, working in the public sector isn’t for you.


  • Walter melon on November 27, 2016

    Seriously paramount? There is way better out there …list is missing hakkah restraunts also..


  • Is restoran malaysia hand slaughtered? They aren’t very clear when I ask them


  • “unfortunately Muslims are the worst customers.
    We are rude, disrespectful, impatient, cheap”

    Very disappointed at this bashful critique, more disappointed that I cant disagree.


  • A great restaurant in Toronto is Diwan in the Aga Khan Museum. Great hala food and great ambience, please consider for 2017!


  • The new Showtime Bistro is taking a serious run at that number 1 spot. Burgers are easily the best in the city! Steaks and ribs are arguably also the best in the city. Service is top notch. Ambiance is amazing. Very impressed. Two thumbs up.


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