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The purpose of this website is to promote local Muslim food establishments in a positive light. However we also promote honest reviews and will give constructive criticism on halal food when necessary.

We are foodies (people who love and enjoy food) and we only eat halal food, that’s how we came up with the name for the website — not because we give advice on what is halal and what is not. Always check any doubtful issues or questions with a scholar that you trust.

We have decided to align ourselves to “Hand Slaughtered” halal as it is a method of slaughter that is accepted by all, irrespective of sects and schools of thought. Since we only eat hand slaughtered halal, we can only share our opinion on these establishments. In order to respect the views of everyone, we are revamping our directory so that it clearly identifies all types of restaurants with specifics on their halal meat source and other particulars so everyone can make educated choices on what they decide to eat.

All of the content in this website is opinion and should not be taken as professional or authoritative. You have the ultimate responsibility over what you take away from visiting here. We have done our best to deem what we consume and promote to be halal. However, at any given time, this may change without us being aware — so please always make sure to do your own investigating.

Restaurant, grocery and product reviews:
We review businesses that use halal meats that are hand slaughtered. However, since there is a lot of confusion in the community about this, there is a chance that the places we feature are unknowingly from doubtful sources.

Comments left by our site visitors:
We do not approve of any restaurants or products that our site visitors leave in the comments section as this is considered public space and only moderated for language and/or abuse. Comments from anyone other than the admin of this site are not affiliated with Halalfoodie.ca

Business Directory:
Our business directory is a free listing of all halal restaurants in the GTA. By adding a listing, the business agrees that (if they are a food establishment) they do not serve any pork or alcohol and all halal meats are from hand slaughtered sources (we are working on a way to specify slaughter method to let every business participate in the directory). Since we cannot check or monitor, we urge readers to always investigate business listings as well by contacting owners and asking questions.

Please forgive the authors of this site if there is any misleading or incorrect information and please notify us immediately if you can by leaving a comment in the box below.

JazakAllah khairan

17 Comments


  • As-Salāmu `Alaykum,

    I was wondering what are your guidelines for halal meat and how do you ensure a certain restaurant is genuinely halal?

    Thank you.


    • Halal Foodie on August 22, 2012

      Wa Alykum salaam,

      Our guidelines are listed above. We don’t do thorough background checks and investigations — that’s up to the reader. We also depend a lot on word-of-mouth. Basically, there’s not one set of guidelines set in stone or used exclusively because that’s not our focus. There are other websites that cover that.

      That being said, before we do a review we do check if the place is ok for us to consume for the review, we try and make sure the restaurant or product is backed by certification from a reputable source (one that is reputable in our opinion) if no certification is available we ask for meat supplier name and check that out. If that too is not available, we go by word-of-mouth (if trustworthy people from our community are ok with eating at the business in question), or the word of the business owner.

      If we choose not to review a certain business, product etc., it’s not necessarily just because their food is doubtful. There are a lot of other factors that can sway us from doing a review.

      Hope that helps answer your question.

      Wasalam


      • Assalamu alaikum,

        What certificate is reputable in your opinion? HMA? ISNA? Shia? What about LLBO etc.?Also, if you are food reviewers would you ever give a negative review and publish it?

        JazakAllahu khair


        • Halal Foodie on March 21, 2013

          Wa alykum salaam,

          As long as meat suppliers are hand slaughtered halal then we are ok to take the restaurant, product, etc. under consideration for review. Our views are most closely aligned to HMA, but ISNA, etc is ok too (again as long as specific meat supplier is hand slaughtered). I’ve never heard of a “Shia” certificate lol. Also, LLBO is a liquor certificate, so no, we would not review a place that serves alcohol as we are trying to give more spotlight to places that are “doing it right”.

          We absolutely give negative reviews but we are careful to make sure they are constructive and not slanderous. This is a difficult balance, but feel it’s important as today’s halal eater is much more sophisticated and want quality establishments to visit. Honest but polite reviews are a good way to help improve inshaAllah.

          I hope that answers your questions.

          🙂


          • JazakAllahu khair for your prompt feedback. As far as I know and Allah knows better, ISNA only certifies chicken and not beef. Also, they don’t have a problem with mechanical slaughter.

            Paramount has a Shia certification.


        • Brother, please do not spread rumors you have no proof for. Paramount is HMA certified. HMA is a Sunni organization.

          Please see below:

          http://hmacanada.org/hma-certified-restaurants/


  • great job to put this altogether


  • love to EAT! on October 7, 2012

    I should add one thing. Previously, not recently though the Markham location did sell Alcohol. It was run by Aga Khani Ismailis which constitute drinking to be ok. I have however been there recently and they have stopped selling alcohol which is always a good sign. Just wanted to add my 2 cents.


  • sumaya and yusuf on January 27, 2013

    check out a place called “Something To Talk About” across from Sick Kids Hospital on the Norht East Corner of Bay and Gerrard.


    • sumaya and yusuf on January 27, 2013

      Lol we shouldn’t have posted this comment here. We just thought you might want to check it out. Its an incredible place and the food is mouth wateringly good especially their steak sandwiches.
      wslm.


      • Halal Foodie on January 27, 2013

        Thanks! I have wanted to visit them for years but their hours make it impossible – unless they’ve changed them (last I checked it was M-F during office hours only)… I hope they change them!


        • Looking for Halal Food! on March 25, 2013

          They are in downtown core around all the office buildings. I am pretty sure business would not be that great after office hours but who knows!


  • Mechanical slaughter is not genuinely Halal that for those so called modern Muslims who adapt to new methods.


  • Little dissapointed in your reviews, most of them are extremely positive.. and that can be a bit misleading, the web reviews are supposed to be critical instead of mere advertisements.


    • Halal Foodie on July 26, 2013

      Thank you for your feedback. I’m not sure we’re extremely positive. We do our best to be somewhat positive but also offer constructive criticism (as stated above). We try not post anything negative, if the review is negative, we do not post at all. We don’t charge or take money for reviews. We have advertising options which are different from reviews on this site which is open to any business.

      The mandate for halalfoodie.ca is to highlight places that are hand slaughtered halal and uncover new places for people to discover. Readers form their opinions, and hopefully come back to this site and share with other readers to give more insight on a place. So if you have had negative experiences – please let us know on the post’s comment thread 🙂


  • Shirin Kebab House in Scarborough is a halal-certified Turkish food eatery. 🙂


  • Hi. I’d like to know if there is any halal bakery in Toronto? Bakery as in serving halal cakes, pastry and breads without alcohol and gelatin in it


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