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Best Modern Halal Food in Toronto
Halal food is a staple in many cultures and traditions, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the most accessible. Here in Toronto, you’ll find more and more restaurants who’re starting to incorporate halal food in their menu with dishes like halal pizza and fried chicken. Now almost on every street corner, you’re likely to find a place to indulge in some new and exciting halal foods.
Here are our top picks of the best modern halal food in Toronto:
11) ASAP City
ASAP City prides itself on its original menu and freshly made bread. You’ll find this place serves everything from burgers to milkshakes. We recommend trying the Wrap For from this shop. The bread is stuffed with tandoori chicken which is why it has that signature red colour. Every bite you’ll taste fresh green olives and cheddar cheese. This meal also comes with a side of fries as well as some dipping sauces.
10) Almadina Bistro
Almadina Bistro is the go-to place for a taste of traditional Afghan dishes as well as other options like pizza, burgers, and more. This casual restaurant opened in 2004 with richly flavoured food that continues to be a hit today! Our recommendation? The meat lovers’ pizza is made from tandoori chicken, bacon, Italian beef sausage & so much more… it has all your needs covered in one pie.
9) Umi's Kitchen
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Umi’s Kitchen is a small restaurant that serves Caribbean food in downtown Toronto. This casual place has been receiving rave reviews from many locals in the area, with many people opting for the Curry Chicken or Oxtail which are both delicious and very filling! We recommend giving them a try if you want great Jamaican cuisine without having to travel far away from home
Chaihana is a must-try for those who love Central Asian food. They have everything from soups to fish dishes, but we recommend trying the Pilaf – it’s savoury with rice and meat cooked together in spices that come out beautifully tender despite being fatty! The vegetables add some crunchiness while still leaving room for sweet peas or juicy barberries if you’re feeling more adventurous too. You can’t go wrong here as long as your taste buds are happy.
Pita Land has been open since 2003 and serves healthy cuisine dishes that delight your taste buds. This is the perfect place to visit for a family meal, we recommend trying their beef kabab plate here! It comes served with rice, garlic potatoes, lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes drizzled in signature sauce making it one yummy dish after another (and all made from unprocessed ingredients).
6) Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen
The imaginative menu and vibrant atmosphere make this restaurant a great place for Middle Eastern food. A must-try combo dish is the Middle Eastern Kitchen’s platter, which comes loaded with all of your favourite meat options including chicken shawarma, kafta skewers, BBQ Beef Shish Tawook Skewers, plus falafels on either rice pilaf or French fries! The servings are so large that it would be hard not only for one person but even two people who share their order together.
5) Showtime Bistro
Showtime Bistro is a casual halal restaurant known for its amazing poutine dishes. A favourite is the Steak Poutine. This meal is made with thinly sliced steak coated in BBQ sauce topped with garlic aioli and gravy. You’ll find cheese curds with every bite of this dish which makes it all the more delicious. The food is seasoned just right and the price only ranges from $7 – $15 at this restaurant.
Mecca Halal Pizza is a great place to go if you’re looking for some deals when it comes to halal pizza in Scarborough. This place lets you make your own pizza and choose the topping you’d like. Options include tandoori chicken, hot banana peppers, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and more. You can also choose the size of the pizza from small, medium or large. Plus these pizzas also come with their own dipping sauce.
3) Sizzler Kabab
Sizzler Kabab is found in downtown Toronto and is a gem of a shop that serves Indian-Pakistani dishes. When you visit, you’ll soon find the foods served here are on a higher spice level. A good dish to go for here is the lamb biryani. This dish is made with basmati rice and cooked with marinated lamb. If you’d like to add more meat to the dish you can order a side of beef kebabs as well. The meats here are grilled to perfection.
Kroran Uyghur Cuisine is a cozy eatery known for its delicious skewers. One of your favourites here would be the Ziq Kawap, which features lamb seasoned with cumin and chilli powder served on top of naan bread! You can also order handmade noodles tossed in stir-fried beef alongside fresh veggies and dried chilli peppers–it’ll really spice things up.
1) Lebanon Express
Lebanon Express is a counter-serve halal restaurant with locations across the GTA. Their menu has plenty of Middle Eastern dishes made from Lebanese-style cooking that will satisfy your cravings for something different than what traditional fast-food chains offer! Some great options include Grilled Veggie Wraps and other vegetarian choices like Falafel (fried balls made out of vegetables, herbs & flour) with Hummus mixed together so you can dip them into one bite size pocket or wrap up as an appetizer before dinner
The Halal food scene in Toronto is growing by the day. There are so many restaurants that serve a variety of dishes from pizza to kabab, all without breaking any Islamic dietary laws or customs. If you’re looking for something new be sure to check out our other blogs on other great places in Toronto.
For a different dining experience without breaking your religious law, check out our list of the best halal fine dining restaurants in Toronto.