Cluck Clucks Chicken and Waffles in Downtown Toronto
Growing up watching shows like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (which makes me nauseous, by the way) on Food Network Canada, we have always dreamed of trying chicken and waffles. We loved fried chicken and we love waffles, so naturally we have always been inclined to taste this concoction and the TV shows make it seem like a match made in heaven. The problem was that there were really no halal chicken and waffles options in the GTA, until now. Enter Cluck Clucks Chicken and Waffles by owners Raza Hashim and Maryam Rizvi and lo and behold we were set to make our dream into a reality.
Raza told us that the eatery has been doing quite well just by word of mouth. He stressed the importance of hand-slaughtered halal meat and serves only that at his new restaurant. The restaurant is hip with pops of colour and hand-painted funky art. It clean, modern and has a minimalist approach. We loved the simple menu that offers just a handful of dishes.
We tried the Holy Cluck combo ($13.49) and the Cluck Yeah ($12.79). The waffles were freshly made and were uber fluffy.
The Holy Cluck Sandwich had big pieces of fried chicken in between the waffles, which we got with the Cluck Sauce that had a sweet note to it. We got the potato wedges as the side, which we enjoyed thoroughly.
The Cluck Yeah Sandwich had jalepeno and cheddar waffles with a boneless chicken breast, along with coleslaw, chipotle aioli and dill mayo. We found that both sandwiches were a bit dry so we had to constantly dip them in the sauce to enjoy it.
Our favourite part was the dessert. We ordered the Clucking Little Waffies ($4.99). These were bite-sized waffles that were battered and deep fried and then coated in cinnamon and brown sugar, served with nutella and maple syrup. This is definitely a dessert to be shared as the portion size was large. We loved the crispy waffles and the generous coating of the sugar and cinnamon. Don’t be shy to load up the waffies with nutella and maple syrup and indulge.
Cluck Clucks Chicken and Waffles is a pleasant and unique addition to the halal food scene in the GTA. We enjoyed the simplicity of our meal and the friendly service. We especially like how Raza himself was behind the counter and also the one cooking in the kitchen. We could really feel that he has the passion to keep this restaurant going and make it a success.
Meat Source: All Chicken is direct from Al Ameen Poultry (hand slaughtered halal and HMA Certified Supplier) ** NOTE: meat was checked (verbal assurance) at time of review and can change at anytime – please check meat sources before eating and let us know if there are any discrepancies **
Sadia and Nadia are sisters who have a passion for halal food. Their hobbies include spending their hard-earned money at new restaurants, trying different cuisines, and instagramming pictures of food. Sadia loves to cook and bake while Nadia enjoys eating only. They run the Halal Food Enthusiasts blog where they share their food adventures and recipes.
Cluck Clucks Chicken and Waffles
222 The Esplanade, Toronto