Kal and mooy get settled into their new permanent location
A few months ago, I visited the Kal and Mooy food truck at the Habitat for Humanity Polar Bear Dip, where co-owners Ahmed and Aisha told me they were opening up a brick and mortar location in February. With the new location being just around the work from my office, I knew it would soon become a go-to lunch spot. I didn’t have the opportunity to try anything but the samosas (and boy, were they good!) but nonetheless, I was excited to visit their restaurant.
After weeks of freezing cold weather, I decided it was finally time to venture out to Kal & Mooy and see what all the buzz was about. The Toronto Star had covered their story, as well as BlogTO and let’s be serious – if the food was going to be just as good as the samosas, they already had a customer for life in me.
And so I went, then I went again. Yes, twice in one week.
The first time, I went around 1 PM to the Queen Live Fresh Food Market on Queen and John. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s essentially an open area housing many food shops and cafes – I think I walked by trays of baklava on my way in that I’ll need to check out next time! When I arrived at Kal & Mooy, Aisha was sad to say that most of her dishes had sold out…. already. I was a little upset, but mostly impressed because it was only 1 PM.
She did have some goat so she made me the Goat Sabaya ($9), which usually comes in only chicken, beef or veggie. The second time I went, I chose the Chicken Sabaya ($9) – Aisha described it as a thicker chappati wrapped around curry, cheese (!!!), and grilled vegetables – mushrooms, peppers, onions, lettuce and carrots.
I would describe it as a very, very stuffed paratha without the extra grease and with way more flavour. The portion size was enough for a lunch meal, and the aromas made all my colleagues ask me what I was eating and where they could get it. I’ve been guilty of eating food at lunch that makes me feel really heavy and kind of gross after, so I was hoping it wasn’t the case with the sabaya, especially because I had a four hour meeting after. But even though it was very hearty and filling, I didn’t feel as if I consumed a lot. It was probably because there wasn’t an abundance of grease or oil in the food which is a big plus! You can get it made hot, mild or sweet and I chose to go with medium hot. The winning factor for me was the cheese. It was melted right onto the chappati and complemented the dish perfectly.
Both times, I obviously had to have a Chicken Samosa to finish the meal – and though pricey at $2 each, it was well worth it to me. Again, it’s the lack of grease that usually accompanies samosas and other fried foods that had me sold.
Downtown peeps, definitely check out this halal restaurant if you’re in the mood to eat some home cooked-style Somali food, but be prepared to stand in line!
Note: there are some standing tables in the Queen Live Fresh Food Market but like the other restaurants and cafes in the area, the food is meant to be taken away. I ate the meal (still very warm) at my office much to the jealousy of my co-workers.
Meat source: All meat is sourced from Kabul Farms and comes from hand slaughtered sources. ** 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 **
Hafsa is a cupcake-baking, fashion-loving, DIY-obsessed small town girl living in a big city. You can follow her adventures in her new lifestyle blog ‘Does This Make My Head Look Fat?” She has a background in public relations but now currently works in the digital agency world as a Social Media Coordinator for 88 Creative. Her guilty pleasures include traveling, eating macaroons and Instagramming her day-to-day excursions. Follow her adventures on Twitter.
Kal & Mooy
238 Queen Street West, Toronto