Continental Grand Buffet: New Halal Buffet in Mississauga
Ramadan 2013: Iftar at Continental Grand Buffet
By Hafsa Pathan
My husband and I started a tradition to go eat out at least once a week during Ramadan because it can be difficult to rush home after work to cook dinner. It has proven to be tough at times due to some venues not having ample prayer space but we lucked out with the newly opened Continental Grand Buffet.
After we were seated, announcements were made regarding Maghrib prayer and breaking our fasts. Patrons were advised that a sheikh would be leading prayer and that there was space for both men and women to pray (separately). Closer to Maghrib, more announcements were made – this time to fill our plates with iftar and to settle into our seats and await the Adhaan.
So far, so good. The atmosphere was reminiscent of going to Saudi Arabia where everyone stops and goes to pray after the Adhaan. After prayer, everyone lined up and filled their plates with a variety of different cuisines.
Yes, now I’ll finally talk about the food! Continental Grand Buffet has a little of everything. If you don’t like a certain dish, keep movin’ because you’ve got a lot to choose from.
I am a sucker for appetizers and as soon as I saw the pani puri (or gol gappay) I knew that would be my first stop. I was impressed and devoured them immediately.
We also had a bit of Chinese Hakka – Chili Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken. There was Indian cuisine there as well but since we just had iftar at our parents’ homes the weekend prior – we opted out of eating any more South Asian food. But that was fine because we still had so much to choose from. I did notice a lot of oil in the South Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Although tasty, their Hakka dishes were on the mild side and needed more depth in terms of flavour.
By far, the best item was the fresh Shawarma -- right off the rotisserie. I noticed not many people had Shawarma chicken on their plate and I think that’s because it’s located at the back of the buffet and not too visible. Keep that in mind when you go because it was one of the best items there despite them having plenty of options!
The hummus was great and paired well with the chicken.
Aside from Hakka, South Asian and Middle Eastern food Continental Grand Buffet also has Mediterranean and African dishes and a good variety of desserts too. Even with a plethora of options, they were mostly mediocre but we did manage to find a few dishes we enjoyed, like the chicken shawarma. They also have a massive space, seating for 300, reservations are strongly recommended.
Now, I eat very little for iftar – and it’s actually recommended to not consume a lot of food when breaking your fast (unlike these brothers and sisters), so a buffet didn’t seem like the best of ideas. However, they’re having a Ramadan promotion where the buffet is 20% off – at $14.99 per person on weekdays and $17.99 on weekends (they also charge a small fee for small children). Pair that with a variety of food and an Islamic environment and you’ve got yourself an ideal iftar night.
Hafsa is the voice of Hijabi Homegirl – a blog dedicated to sharing the experiences of a modern-day, small-town hijabi living in the big city. She is a PR professional with a passion for social media. Guilty pleasures include eating macarons and Instagramming OOTDs. Follow her adventures on Twitter.
Meat Source: All hand slaughtered halal meat is purchased from Al-Marwa in Mississauga who gets their chicken from Sargent Farms and beef from J.J. Meat Distributing Inc.
Continental Grand Buffet
4141 Dixie Road, Mississauga