I got to know Ada and Heidi from A Taste of Community Kitchen event. They were born in Malaysia but grew up in Hong Kong. They are Muslims. We talked about eating out for Muslim which is quite limited here as there are not many halal restaurants that I know off. These are a hand full of those that served halal food: Kedah House, Seri Malaysia, Xin Jiang Delicious Food in Richmond Public Market, Darya Restaurant, Anatolia’s Gate Turkish Restaurant and Abdul’s Sharwarma. Beware that not all Malaysian restaurants are halal. The restaurant is deemed halal only if it gets it’s meat from a source which is certified halal.
Ada and Heidi wanted to eat out at Kedah House and invited me to come along. This is their second attempt to try Kedah House’s food as their first attempt failed because the restaurant was closed on the day they went. So, this time, I called up Kedah House to find out the days that they are closed before we went which is Monday and Tuesday. So, we decided to visit Kedah House on a Thursday. What a bummer, the restaurant again was not opened on that Thursday. Apparently, when we checked with a neighouring shop, we were told that sometimes Kedah House will closed if they have a banquet to cater for. What a disappointment to Ada and Heidi.
So, we had to go for plan B. Fortunately, Adaand Heidi have another place that they can go to, which is halal, of course. It’s Garden City Kabob Grill on Blundell Road and Garden City Road. This place was previously owned by a Lebanese but it’s now taken over by a Filipino family.
The sharwarma can be seen the moment you enter the shop. Sharwarma is made by skewing meat on a metal rod and slow roasting the meat on all sides by the rotating spit in front of a heat source for hours. In Turkish, sharwarma is known as doner kebab. The cooked meat is shaved off the stack and made into a sandwich wrap with a tortilla or pita bread and dressed with vegetables and dressing.
Garden City Kebab Grill is a small place with a few tables and you help yourself with the cutleries and condiments located along a wall.
Their menu is simple, some rice combo with kebab, wrap, fish and chips and even vegetarian spring rolls. Click on the image to have a large view.
Ada ordered two items from the menu. The first item was Gyro Chicken Donair on Pita for $5.69. The donair is big and I’m surprised …that Ada was able to finish it.
Ada also ordered some home made vegetarian spring rolls to share. The spring rolls were deep fried upon order. They were very crispy and flavourful. 8 pieces is only $2.99.
I had the Roast Lamb Platter for $10.99. It consists of lanb stew, salad, rice pilaf, potato and a yogurty dipping sauce. The rice pilaf by itself is flavourful.
The lamb stew was a big serving. It comes with a small rack of ribs and a big chunk of leg. The sauce is tomatoish.
The platter also comes with half a piece of pita which was grilled before serving to us. I was not able to finish all my food and had some leftover to go.
Heidi had the Kabuli Palou ($9). This comes with a skewer of beef on rice pilaf topped with raisins and carrots, salad, potato and pita bread. Ada and Heidi, thank you for the meal and I’ll make sure you will make it the Kedah House for our next eating out adventure.
After the meal, we learned from the owner that they are going to include pork in their menu due to demand from customers. Ada and Heidi were sad to hear that as this means that they will have less a place to eat out. Anyway, Ada told me that besides halal restaurants, they can eat at vegetarian restaurants, Japanese and Western restaurants but they will only order seafood or salad.
Do you know any other halal restaurants that I can let Ada and Heidi know?