La Sani Grill, Pakistani Food in Scarborough
One of the most difficult things we have encountered in our halal restaurant adventures is finding a decent Pakistani restaurant that we could dine at. Although there are countless takeout places, there is a lack of proper Pakistani restaurants (especially in the east end) where you can take your friends and families for authentic Pakistani food for special occasions. Therefore, when we came across La Sani Grill, we were pleasantly surprised.
Located at 2058 Ellesmere Road (corner of Markham and Ellesmere) La Sani Grill is always bustling with customers. With a recent extension, this place has ample seating and is able to accommodate large groups. It is clean, modern and has sophisticated decor. The restaurant has an extensive staff working the front counter and the kitchen, and best of all, they are friendly and attentive.
At our most recent visit to La Sani Grill on a Sunday night, we found the restaurant to be quite busy. We found seats for ourselves and as soon as we sat down, a friendly server brought us the menus, informed us about the specials and notified us that we must order at the counter. As soon as she left, another server brought us plates, cutlery and water. Talk about quick service!
The menu offers a variety of chicken, beef and lamb specialties along with vegetarian options. We decided on ordering the Beef Nihari with Naan ($7.99) and Chicken Reshami Kebab ($9.99). The service was quick and our food was brought to our table in less than fifteen minutes.
The food looked appetizing and we could not wait to dig in so we said Bismillah and took the first bite. We started with the Nihari (beef shank stew), which is a slow cooked beef curry. The curry had a mild flavour and had aromas of different spices. It was not very spicy, which allowed us to savour the flavour. It had a generous amount of beef in it, which was tender (but had layer of fat on it). There is nothing quite like having Nihari with fresh naan from the tandoor. La Sani Grill Naan was exceptional, served hot and brushed with butter. We thoroughly enjoyed the combination and could not stop eating.
The Reshami Kabab were served on a large platter with seasoned rice, salad and coriander chutney. Reshami Kabab are described on their menu as Mughali kebab made of chicken with prolonged marination in spices. The Reshami Kabab’s were moist and bursting with flavour. Again, they were on the mild side and are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. They were so good that we would actually describe them as perfect!
To end the meal, we ordered their Lahori Kulfi ($2.99). It was a malai Kulfi that had the perfect combination of creaminess and sweetness. We do wish that they had served it nicely on a plate, as opposed to handing us a packaged Kulfi on a stick.
We would definitely recommend La Sani Grill as a place to dine for Pakistani food. It is a great place to take friends and family to enjoy flavourful Pakistani food. We highly recommend trying their Reshami Kababs and their Naan. It is a bit on the pricey side but the portions are generous and the service makes up for it.
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 (http://halalfoodenthusiasts.ca) blog where they share their food adventures and recipes.
Meat Source: La Sani Grill is owned and operated by a Muslim who was not able to disclose meat source. The owner did however, state that all meat is only halal from hand slaughtered sources.
La Sani Grill
2058 Ellesmere Road