Halal Fine Dining Experiences on the Rise for Toronto Foodies
When I received an invitation from Affy’s Premium Grill to come in for a special event and menu — Affycionados, Halal Fine Dining for the Halal Connoisseur — I had no clue that it was for something of this calibre. Even though it clearly says so in the title, I’ve learned to separate real fine dining with halal fine dining.
I’ve known (more like stalked) Chef Afzal since his early days as a Chef in some well-known Toronto restaurants (non-halal). He’s worked in several high end places throughout the GTA.
When Affy’s Premium Grill opened up, there were many risks he was taking. However from the start his intention was always for the purist of reasons; He wanted to give Muslims the experience of walking into a steakhouse-style restaurant with menu items you wouldn’t normally find at your typical halal restaurant. His reasoning has stayed consistent each time I’ve heard him speak about opening up Affy’s.
Now, I’ve admitted in the past that I couldn’t find a dish that I really, thoroughly enjoyed the way I remember enjoying when Chef Afzal worked for other restaurants. Which my opinion has changed by the way (Stuffed Cajun Chicken ALL THE WAY).
I’ve thought a lot about why this was and realized, in my humble opinion, Chef Afzal had to really please the masses by commercializing or rather streamlining his dishes to suit this new crowd some odd decade or so ago. We weren’t ready for true halal fine dining — not yet anyways.
Now, as the years have passed, and food has been a hot topic, masses are now looking for more and are open to different foods, styles of cooking and preparation. Our communal palate is ready.
Just looking at the horizon, there are a host of new and exciting restaurants scheduled to open at the end of this year and early 2014 — all bringing in fresh new concepts to the way we currently dine.
A rare opportunity came up — Chef Afzal was able to source and secure Kobe-style Wagu Beef from Australia. An idea was born as they decided to test out a special seven course menu:
Sourdough & Multi-grain rolls served w/ honey butter
Cream of Asparagus or San Francisco Clam Chowder
Shichimi Sushi Tuna Salad w/sesame sauce & Wasabi
Seafood platter: Stuffed shrimp, coconut shrimp, halal bacon-wrapped scallops, clam casino in mushroom caps, jumbo shrimp cocktail
Bovine: Peppercorn-crusted 10 oz Kobe-style Wagyu beef steak or Foul: Maple-glazed 16 oz Cornish game hen stuffed with traditional rice stuffing, served with lobster tail, breaded ravioli & roasted eggplant sauce
Silky smooth Chocolate Mousse, with chocolate shavings and Decadent white chocolate bread pudding
Coffee & Tea
THIS IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT AFFY’S! However, we think it would be great to offer once in a while so Halalfoodie.ca and Affy’s Premium Grill would like to hear your feedback:
How interested are you in having these exclusive halal fine dining experiences?
Tell us what you think! Feel free to leave a comment below!