|★ My husband and I went here on a weekend. It was pretty quite, as it was between lunch and dinner. The waitress came after 15mins and took our order. She came with the drinks and then was gone. When I mean gone, I mean GONE! We waited over an hour for 2 dishes and the waitress never came to check on us or let us know what was going on even once. When the food arrived I didn't enjoy it all...my chicken pasta was so oily and cold. I will never be going back here, service was horrible. |
|★★★★ Now, I've been going to this establishment since it has opened. I'll admit, at first I was not a huge fan of Affy's. Having been to so many restaurants around the GTA and having come here countless amount of times, there's a few things I can say with confidence, none of which are quick judgements based on less than a handful of visits.|
First and foremost, there is no doubt that the food at this establishment is absolutely halal. The chef works with the local Masjid (Pickering Islamic Center) and the community on a regular basis, to cater for event throughout the year and through Ramadan. He's very generous.
The food at Affy's has taken huge strides over the years. He's stuck through with his menu items and is constantly tweaking the recipes and improving them. I've had nearly every item on he menu (except for steaks, I just dont like steak that much) and I would eat anything on any given night. It is rare that you're served 'bad food' because of poor preparation (as some diners have noted below) and if you do find that your food is ever lacking in something, just ask the waiter/waitress. The chefs are human, mistakes will happen. We live in an imperfect world, we just have to deal with it effectively. If I may, I highly recommend the quesadillas, the stuffed jalapenos, the nachos, the steak penne, the lemon herb chicken, Stuffed Chicken Breast (my favourite and most popular), lemon pepper filet au sole, the Texas Fried chicken sandwich, the ribs, the veal/lamb chops, *his poutine*, and just about every burger. His gravys and BBQ sauce are very tasty. For dessert, the hot chocolate brownie, cheesecake and apple crumble are the most popular. (PS. always ask about the specials)
Although in the past the wait time for your order was relatively long, it's gotten better. I went for dinner with a party of 16 a few nights ago and everyone except 1 person got their full meal within 35 mins (and this was without the chef Afzal in the kitchen that night). Not a single person had a complaint about their food. I did not notice any drop in quality either and I've been numerous times. Sure, some nights you may wait slightly longer but, when a restaurant gets as busy as his at peak times, what do you expect? He's expanded his main seating area three-fold since he's opened and he surely wasn't anticipating such traffic. Considering his kitchen is the same size, he's doing quite well.
Another issue people have is with consistency of their orders and yes, I used to have the same issue but, as I mentioned earlier in my post, Affy's has gotten much better. In the last 1-2 years, I've only had an issue once with my order and it was resolved immediately. Again, mistakes 'can' happen, the chefs are human but, they are willing to deal with reasonable requests in a respectable manner.
The service has always been, and still kind of is, an issue. They may not come off as your Boston Pizza Commercial-esque jolly waiters and waitresses but, if you treat them with respect then you'll receive the same. The service staff is comprised of part-time, local, neighbourhood students working their way through life and school. Have a little patience with them and be kind. They're great individuals. They may not be the best waiters/waitresses out there but, treat them like normal people and you'll enjoy your experience that much more. Kudos to the Chef for supporting community.
As for prices, quite honestly they are fair prices. A venue serving similar dishes to Affy's will also have similar pricing. Comparisons drawn to Kara Mia will show you the resemblance in pricing. You may argue that Kara Mia is 'better' or has better presentation (the Vaughan location) but, they don't have as much variety nor do they have the same capacity. Each venue has their pros/cons and Affy's is fair in price. When it comes to tip being included, most dine-in family restaurant include it when you have a party of 7-8+, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise.
As for ambiance, I'm not too sure how to critique. The venue does get a little congested at peak times and its layout isn't as pleasant as other venues. Remember, Affy's expanded fairly quickly and only had so much space to work with. I'm sure diners would much rather have a snug fit inside the restaurant than to be excluded from dining due to insufficient seating. Considering the volume of diners at any given time I wouldn't consider it the most private of venues but, it's fantastic for friendly outings, celebrations or just a dinner with family.
Overall, I am quite confident and content with Affy's. I know what to expect, I always make reservations, and alhumdulillah my friends and I are always content. It's one place we do not get tired of.
My go-to orders:
App- stuffed jalapeno, quesadilla, creamy spinach or nachos
Main: Stuffed chicken breast, ribs, Texas-fried sandwich, lambchops, lemon herb chicken
side: poutine, fries, mashed potatoe
dessert: hot chocolate brownie, cheesecake
|★★★★★ You get what you pay for|
Texas Chicken Fried Sandwich, BBQ Ribs, FILET MIGNON AU POIVRE
Texas Chicken Fried was massive, it had a nice and crispy chicken center with the standard toppings.
BBQ Ribs - have had these a few times and this place makes them the same every time! LARGE serving, extremely tender, good cover of fat and a nice coating of tasteful sauce.
FILET MIGNON AU POIVRE - this is prime quality meat! It would definitely melt in your mouth but it is not super filling, sides are crucial.
Large space, but always busy on the weekends so call ahead.
Other dishes like Calamari, Pastas, Stuffed Cajun Chicken breast are all fair.
|★★ my friends/family and I have gone to this restaurant many many times because we live in the area. the food is hit and miss most of the time. Whatever we order is pretty good but sometimes the food is bad enough that I want to send it back (usually the fish n chips). its hard to find good halal food in pickering sometimes which is why we keep going back. I think my biggest problem with this restaurant is the fact that your reservation is non existent you still end up waiting (as if you are at the doctors office) usually 1 to 2 hours . I think that the servers need a little bit of training because I have never gone there where they haven't made mistakes. I don't like tipping people for bad service and I still tip out of courtesy, however if none of us have full water glasses and you keep forgetting to bring ketchup and hot sauce,I don't think that you have earned your tip at all. Overall the food is decent and so are the prices, however affys needs to invest some money into having more space or they shouldn't take more reservations than they can handle. |
|★ We had a reservation for 9 PM for a party of 12. This was for a birthday. We got to the restaurant at 8:45PM and asked for our table. Host at the front tells us our table is actually for 9 PM. Restaurant was very busy so no room to wait inside, we wait outside.|
At 9:15 PM we ask for our table. Host tells us it will be another 15 minutes because our current table is occupied. We weren't offered to wait inside, or apologies for our table not being ready (It was a cold night out) and thus we went back outside to wait for our table.
At 9:30 PM we went back to ask for our table. Our table is still not ready. Host asks us how many of our party has arrived, we tell her 8. So she gives us a table of 8 to wait at while our table of 12 is being readied. 9:35 PM, more of our party arrives and there is no room at the table of 8 so we occupy the table adjacent while we wait. Host comes back and advises us she will take our order but not punch into the system because we were still short 2 guests at the time, that way when the rest of the party arrives, she can punch in the order all at once so we can all have our food at the same time. We agree.
This is where things get really interesting: Member of our party, lets call him Bob, who knows the Owner offers to speak to him about the table situation. Owner arrives and basically asks us "Is this not good enough for you?". Host of our party, lets call her Susan, tells him no it isn't because we made a reservation for a table of 12 and right now, we as a party are split between 2 physical tables, we were told that we would get a table of 12. Owner replies back "We can say whatever we want over the phone, sister. But when you come, we cannot guarantee anything because it is a busy night".
I thought the whole point of a RESERVATION was that we get a table DURING A BUSY NIGHT. Susan tells the owner that if that is the case, we should have been told over the phone that this is the case so that she could have made other arrangements.
Owner at this point asks us to move to YET ANOTHER table whilst we wait for OUR table because he had a reservation waiting for THE TABLE WE WERE SITTING AT. Susan tells him that is not possible because we are being moved again and again and it is unfair and embarrassing to her and her party.
Owner tells us that we have to wait, leaves, comes back in 5 minutes (this is now 9:50PM) and speaks to Bob and basically berated him because he required the table for a reservation that we were sitting at waiting for OUR table, and then proceeds to tell him that had we ordered our food and agreed to move to another table so that another reservation can get the table WE WERE SITTING AT WHILST WAITING FOR OUR ORIGINAL TABLE, we would have gotten our food. And that we were being unfair. He basically shrugged at us and walked off.
Never mind the fact that only 5 minutes had passed since he first came to assess the situation, he berates Bob who isn't EVEN THE HOST OF OUR PARTY, he offers NO APOLOGIES, NO VALID EXPLANATION of this situation, his only answer to this fiasco, was "it is a busy night".
I am sorry, but as a PAYING CUSTOMER, I know that it is a Saturday, I know that therefore, it will be a busy night. Hence the reason we decided to RESERVE a table. If our reservation cannot be honoured, or is being delayed, COMMON COURTESY and COMMON PRACTICE DICTATES, that you apologize for the wait, or try and find a solution. What do DO NOT DO, IS BERATE YOUR GUESTS BECAUSE YOU CANNOT HANDLE RUNNING A RESTAURANT.
I have been to a lot of restaurants and this, by far and wide, was THE ABSOLUTE WORST SERVICE I HAVE EVER HAD. McDonalds, has better service than this place. The only reason we stayed back at this point was because it was 10PM and there was no place other than McDonalds that we could go for a meal.
We ordered our food, it arrived in about 30 minutes, which was fine. It was, to be fair, delicious. But again, even as we were leaving, we NEVER got an apology or a thank you for waiting 1 WHOLE HOUR for a table that we had reserved.
And THAT, sheer lack of service and responsibility, is the reason I will NEVER go to this restaurant again, and I urge everyone reading this NOT TO EVER TAKE GUESTS to this establishment or you may risk being embarrassed or insulted by the very arrogant, ignorant owner, or the clueless, rude, thankless staff.
Great food, SAVAGE service. I am sorry, but for my hard earned money, I refuse to eat in a place where I am treated like I am being given a free meal.
By the way, restaurant was too cold, and had flies AND fruit flies. Perhaps a visit from the Health Inspector is needed.
|★★★ Affy's is my and my kids all time favourite. I'm giving this place 3/5 because the service is really poor and slow. We went there for aftari in Ramadan and it was almost taraweeh time but food wasn't ready, I had to go next door to buy fish and fries for my kids since they were starving. We ordered back ribs, it was very dry and rice portion was really small when asked they said that they have so many guests so giving small portion of rice. I wasn't happy at all since I had to wait for 1.5 hrs for my food. We go there at least once a month and its the same routine and recently there prices went high but service went more down. I will NOT be going there again and for others I suggest to go there for lunch on weekday or if you have to go weekend dinner, order your food at least 2 hrs in advance specially if you have kids|
|★★★★★ I'm surprised by the recent negative reviews. I went to Affy's on my recent trip to Toronto and I am willing to go back just to visit Affy's. We had a large group but the server was really friendly. It was a nice simple family enviroment place but still had a modern touch to it. We got some chips and salsa before they served us our food.|
The honey wings were perfectly crispy and a had a coating of a thick sweet sauce but not overly sweet.
The filet mignon was perfectly medium well as asked for and every bite was delicious. The stuffed chicken breast was also very nice with a kick to it. I had a taste of the ribs and they were very tender.
I agree the prices are up there but the quality and the portions make up for it.
If you have not tried this place I highly reccomend you go there!
|★★★ I went here in their first year or two of operation and the taste and portions were awesome - good quality food (not cheap) but well worth the money however in the recent times the quality and portions have both gone down.|
|★ Argh!! Was writing a detailed review and just as i was finishing, browser on my ipad crashed.|
Short summary of original review below.
Affys used to be great but now really is bad.
Prices have gone up, food quality and service are way down.
Servers are mosly students who dont know what they are doing and cant get orders write.
Kitchen cant cook food properly. -- sent us undercooked (pink) chicken which had to be sent back
Plates arrive with various delays. We were party of 6 and last plate arrived 20 or so minutes after first.
For the price -- e.g. $27 for ribs etc. -- overall service is horrible.
Last 3 times we went we had problems and aked ourselves why we dropped $100 there? This was definitely the last time. Sorry Aafy. You seem like a nice guy but the quality of your establishment is going downhill. If this were a non muslim place the customers would never go back but you seem to have a captive audience who dont know better. Their choice. I'm taking my busniesss elsewhere.
|★★★★ Best food you can have in the GTA. Could have a long wait time sometimes. |
They lose a star as the owner is 2face. Extremely rude to his employees, who are actually providing great customer service.
|★ Went on Monday in may |
Server was rude
Fries they serve are bought from Costco
No water refill
No help from staff for people who are having steak for the first time
Tip was already in the bill
Also asked for reservation whe there was hardly any one in the establishment
|★★★★★ 100% HALAL best HALAL steak and ribs in GTA a little expensive but worth the money|
|★ Booked for party of 9 a day before. Got to the restaurant 15 mins before the booked time. Was told the table was getting prepared. Waited outside in the cold. Went back in at the said time. Waited in line were seated. 15-20 waited to be brought water. When asked for water was told we they will come back to get the order!!?? Were waiting for 2 people to show up. Were told that we had to hurry and order as the table was booked for 8 oclock. WE JUST GOT THERE!!! All this before the water was served. Had to request if we could order appetizers. WAS TOLD TO TAKE THE ORDER ,OF THE 2 PEOPLE ON THEIR WAY TO THE RESTAURANT, OVER THE PHONE! Suggested that the waiter take the order of the people seated, at least. After the order was taken, was told that the people had to hurry as the table was booked. All this before 6:30 THE WAITER WAS VERY HELPFUL AND VERY APOLOGETIC. The line "Don't shoot the messenger" comes to mind. Was only doing what he was told. DEFINATELY NOT GOING TO THE RESTAURANT AGAIN. Food was mediocre. Have had their steaks the last time and they were superb. OVER ALL BEHAVIOUR OF THE RESTAURANT WAS BELOW PAR. Have been to Affy's restaurant before BUT this time definatly disappointed us. Most Family members treked in frin Mississauga. Tha'st a long way off to be treated like second class. Will suggest to friends and family the same thing. Thank goodness for a variety of halal restaurant in the GTA!|
|★★★★★ Amazing food.. Superb! I tried Ribs and wow what a taste. Loved it and will definitely be going back ..|
|★★★★ We had a reunion dinner here of over 50 people. They accommodated us very well and got our orders right. Big portions of each dish. Pricing is of course a little on the high side, but the food is great as Chef Afzal (aka Affy's) puts a lot of his love and skill into each entree. The place was of course packed to the brim, but the workers did their job very well. As long as you make a reservation, come on time and not delay when they come by to take your order, you will be fine or else, yeah, the wait times can be a little frustrating. Thats why its good to go with someone you can conversate with to pass the time. Washrooms could be a little cleaner, but the place is crazy packed to ensure it is up to standards all of the time. Prayer spot in the side hall is a nice touch as well.|
|★★ The food is great but the cost is over-priced and terrible customer service. We had to wait good 20 mins at the door so that one of the waiter can direct us to a spot. They are not polite whatsoever, I am definitely not going back!|
|★★★★★ Affy's is a powerhouse in the halal restaurant industry in the GTA. The place is packed every weekend and has developed many loyalists who come back for more. I am a regular at Affy's because the food will always hit the spot. The portions are good in size and they have free refills on pop if you ask.|
Some favourites I like are the lemon herb chicken, crispy onion cheeseburger and texas chicken friend sandwich.
|★★★ For a pleasant experience, stick to the ribs or prime rib if it's available. Chilli nachos are great. Texas chicken sandwich is overrated, burgers are ok, pasta... needs improvement. The thing that Affys needs to realize is that people want quality, and not just halal steak or halal pasta -- we need the halal alternative with the exceptional quality. I hope they improve.|
|★★★★★ I live walking distance from Affy's and have been there more times than I can remember, mostly for take-out but also for dine-in. Having tried most of the items of the menu I'd say the quality of the food is above average and consistent. I have loved almost everything I've gotten on the menu and the portions are always a bit too much for an average-sized guy like me. The only thing that frustrates me about Affys is when it's busy and I'm dining in with friends. I respect the restaurant for maintaining quality-of-service and limiting how many guests they can accomodate at once, but they really should make it clear on the website that reservations are virtually required for evenings/weekends. I know this since I'm a regular, but it's painful to see people turned away after a long drive. The service can become hard to identify in a packed restaurant, and makes you think they could use an extra hand to check up on the tables that have already received the food for refills, etc. Otherwise the staff is usually patient and friendly, and little things like free additional sauce are nice when other restaurants charge 50 cents or whatever.|
It's hard to pick out my favourite items, but for appetizers I will say I LOVE the stuffed jalapeno (very spicy for some though).. for a take-out item I usually get the crispy onion and cheese burger, and of course the cajun-stuffed chicken is what everyone gets because it never misses. If you wanna try something different, go for the jalapeno steak penne or lemon pepper filet of sole. It's one of those restaurants where I'm comfortable trying new things because I know the chef wouldn't put it out unless it meets a high standard.
Overall one of the best halal restaurants in the GTA. Just make sure you have reservations. :)
P.S. Zabihah.com lists opening time as 12pm but this is only on weekdays, on weekends it opens at 4pm.
|★★ Decore - 3/5|
Food Quality - 2/5
Service - 2/5
Price - 3/5
Overall not a good experience...me and my wife ordered a fillet minion and chicken parm and where not satisfied at all...fillet(medium well) was all pink which it should not be and chicken parm too saucy and not enough cheese...would not return unless were offered free gas to drive back
|★★★★ Food is amazing but the wait is always an hour plus... Been there about 3 times... Would go again though because of the quality of food...|
|★★★ We made a reservation on a Friday night for 7:15, and ended up reaching there at exactly 7:30 (we were coming from Mississague, across town, and traffic on a Friday night was insane). So we get there, tell them we had reservations for 7:15, and the hostess goes, "oh we have a reservation policy of 15 minutes, and we had to give your table away.". I'm thinking, what??? it's just 7:30 now, which is exactly 15 minutes. When did they give the reservation away? She then makes us wait at a table by her until we get a free table (on the other side of the restaurant). Anyways, the other hostess thinks that we are actually going to sit at this current table and brings out the menus. We tell her that we're just waiting for our table since our reservations were taken. Well then she quickly checks and comes back and says there is a table for you. WTH. So odd. So we get to the other side of the restaurant (which is blocked off at the entrance by a wall, and it's all empty! I swear, there must have been 2-3 tables out of the 20 or so that were not being used. And they wouldn't even let us sit in a booth because she it's for more than 2 people. My gosh. The entire time we were there, the place was empty on this side. |
|NR Not ever going back there, I didn't know you have to have a reservation on weekends, I drove all the way from Brampton to Pickering with a friend and was told by the owner himself that you have to have a reservation. I said I drove 1hr for this restaurant could you please squeeze us in and that I didn't know we had to reserve seats, he says he wasn't able to give my friend and I a table. Again there were only two of us. No rating for this Restaurant as it's a ZERO|
|★★★ there are a few items there that are pretty good. the main reson Affy's is soo hyped up is because there isn't much competition for it. it's fine to eat here once in a while, but if you're dining with family then it's much too expensive! although the serving sizes are small, your stomach gets filled up quickly because the food is very heavy.|
|★★★★ Went for the first time today. Made a reservation as people mentioned and yet still had to wait 25minutes for a table, even though there were atleast 10 tables free. Service extremely slow although attitude of the servers were good. I went in the late afternoon. Food was great, enjoyed the pasta and ribs. I would go again, however management needs more staff and better organization, they were turning people away even though many tables free.|
|★★★★★ I booked a reservation for 15 people on a Saturday evening at 8:30 2 days before the event. The individual I spoke with indicated they were full however they'll try to squeeze us in. |
When we arrived the place was packed, however the welcome waiter told us that our table would be ready shortly; there was a party on the table that was just finishing paying.
We provided 2 birthday cakes for the waiters to look after. The brought both out at the time we wanted and provided utensils and plates with no problems.
Overall the service was excellent, given the size of our group and the demands of each customer I found the staff to be incredibly accommodating and friendly.
The food was excellent, everyone got their food exactly as they asked. The recommendations that our waiter had given were appreciated by each person.
I ordered the ribs and they were phenomenal! I'm going back just for that. The prices were excellent, I've been to many Grills and these guys had their price points set perfectly. They obviously know what they are doing.
My only complaint is that they aren't located on the west end of T. It's a long drive to Pickering; but we'll definitely be making it again (and soon).
Thanks to all the staff who made my wife's b-day celebration as great as it was.
|NR Weak! 1st trip there the steak sandwich came on a hotdog bun, next time asked for a med steak, waiter came and told me legally they could only serve it well done??? Only to have it come out 30 seconds after, think it was already cooked? Was dry!!!!! Lastly the ribs, the ooooh so talked about ribs, I think it came off a seal, it had a bad smell and didn't do it for me no matter how much I tried to drown it in steak sauce after. I spent that dinner trying to pond off the meat on other plates for their fries :( So funny thing, i thought its not my cup of tea, I'm done with it, but got caught in one of those situations where I had no choice and it was take out, I ordered a chicken salad off the menu, and they said its not worth the time to cook it. Thank god for me and my pack of gum. Not a fan!!!!|
|★★★ I went here with a bunch of friends once on a weekend and once for lunch on a weekday. The place was jammed packed during the weekend, so we were glad we made a reservation. Why it was jammed packed is beyond me. The food isn't that impressive. I ordered their peppercorn steak for my first visit medium well ... got it totally charred. Plus the service was slow. But since it was so packed we decided to make another trip during a weekday for lunch. Same lousy service. I ordered a pasta this time which was much better than the steak I had. My friend ordered a steak which showed up over cooked and charred even though she ordered a medium cooked steak. My other friend liked the fajitas he ordered. But no one was impressed with their steaks. So I do not know why people rave so much about them. And they forget the drinks and salads. Its an average place to eat pastas and other entres but their steaks are not worth it. This italian place in vaughan ( as expensive as affys) does a better job with their food. They really need to amp up their service|
|★★★★★ What I don't understand are the people who say the steaks are not cooked properly, when you ask for medium rare or rare, or even medium steaks will be less cooked, that's the choice you made, so how is it the restaurants fault? Don't complain about the food not being cooked full when you make the request for it not to be cooked full. Overall the staff was friendly, food was great,and the prices are very fair compared to regular steak houses|
|★★★ The food is good. Especially their steaks are thick and juicy, but the service and wait needs work.|
|★★★ I have never found the food to be not cooked properly, it has always tasted great, including pasta, stake and even dessert.|
Their service definitely needs some work. Sometimes they forget your drink, sometimes the salad. They dont have a habit of checking up on you, even on a slow day.
Would still go back for the steak.
|★★ I've been to Affy's many times since 2009, until recently. They are inconsistent with their food and service. You never know if you're going to leave happy or not. The last few times, I left very unhappy. They are too busy and cannot keep up with the demand, so service will be slow, and you will not get the attention you need. The food will be overcooked, or burnt, or not that impressive at all. I've decided to stop going to Affy's altogether. I may give it another chance in the future, but as of now, they have lost my business.|
|★★★★ i mean there is nothing to compare affy's with so i dont know why some are complaining. only decent place that serves white people food but halal. thats 5stars right there. i will be back. |
|★★★★★ Amazing food and even better service! I have tried all their pastas and each one of them is amazing. Haven't tried their steak yet but would love to once i get tired of the pasta!! Their service is excellent - quick and responsive. The decor is nice and the booths are excellent because they provide a little bit of privacy. I would only recommend that they take out that table which is placed right infront of the reception desk. Its kind of an awkward place. |
Otherwise its a great restaurant overall! I visit this place two to three times a month and would recommend it to everyone
|★★★★ The service is a bit slow, but the food is really really good! There steak and tortillas are really good too...|
|★★ Went there for supper ordered the house special Steak and also The Ribs.The Steak had a vile smell coming from the sauce because of the smell I could not finish it and the ribs were terrible as well.This place is over rated and I will definitely not go there again.|
|★★★★★ I highly recommend this place it has food that are different and away from the same old biryani tikka boti roti you get what i`m saying..... I had my mamu valima at affys and a eid party i wouldn`t recommend that just because that food doens`t taste the same when its made in large quantity but serivce and staff at that type of event are still great I really like this place and eat here a least once two to three times a month|
|★ Service was atrocious, went with the family, they forgot my order entirely. Management attempted to give me a steak that was "gonna be prepared quickly" however I refused since my family finished eating.|
|★★★★★ Excellent Steak. I'd make a reservation on the weekends because it does get busy. The staff are average, the decor is so-so, but the steak is delicious. |
|★★★★★ ok really why do so many people have to hate on this place ??? how many other halal places have such nice steaks and drinks and wonderful desserts ok so the peppercorn gravy is awful and found on most of the menu items but the rest of the food makes up for that|
|★★★★★ This place is always packed and the reason is their delicious steaks, nice decor and friendly service. Its a different type of restaurant where you will find unique halal dishes. I also agree, try the desserts which are all mouthwatering. Affy's is a must visit!|
|★★★ Food was pretty good. Service was mediocre. Im glad I got to watch the Hockey Game between the Habs/Leafs there. Kind of felt uncomfortable when the waitress kept telling us to order as we were waiting for a friend. A bit pricey...but affordable.|
|★★★★★ very good food. nice clean place with very pleasant staff. one of the best halal places in GTA.|
|★★★★★ Assalam alaikum, my wife heard about Affy's from one of her patients. The feedback was that if you wanted to enjoy ribs, steak, and many other fine pleasures that you don't find in a halal restaurant (in North America) that Affy's was the place to go.|
And, Affy's didn't disappoint. If there were a 10 star selection to rate this place, I would have chosen it. We went with a party of 10 including 4 children. The decor is very friendly and welcoming. The service was very good. We made reservations, so there was no wait time.
For children, the portions are large and very reasonable priced.
With 6 adults we tried a variety of items from the menu. For appetizers we had the chicken cheese quesadillas and fire roasted jalapeno peppers. Both we very tasty. As a main course, both my wife and I had the mango jalpeno grilled chicken and shrimp. This was absolutely fantastically delicious. Other family members had the BBQ beef back ribs, Affy's classic New York strip steak, and Chicken Fajitas. And these were all equally well received. For dessert, we had coffee and tiramisu cake. The portion was large very tasty and reasonably priced.
Overall, in terms of pricing, Affy's is very reasonable for the overall quality of food and service. I am eagerly looking forward to our next visit and to try some of the other items on their menu.
Toronto and the GTA has been lacking in this type of restaurant. I'm grateful for this brother for providing us his fine foods. I only wish that I didn't live so far away in the west end of Toronto.
|★★ This place came highly recommended by family, but our visit there goes to prove "different strokes for different folks". We took my wife and mom there for Mother's Day and were greeted by very cramped table set-up (where is the city health authority when you need it) and an endless wait at our table for menus. Yes, you read that right, for menus. The tables were strewn with plenty of utensils... nearly a hundred forks all over the place, and nothing else, and not even in a proper table setting. Just a ton of forks hanging out at the table. My kids got to work quick on making use of these so-called toys. The menu was quite decent though and reasonably priced, other than the drinks, but that's a small hiccup.|
I ordered the Cajun Chicken Breast dish along with several other family members, as it came highly recommended. Oops. While others may like it, I found the dish to be too large a mish-mash of many competing flavours, and also far too heavy to finish. I'm not going to be going back to Affy's any time in the near future.
|★★★★ Highly recommended if you enjoy steak. However the gravy is a bit bland. A little on the pricey side for what you get. The service is a bit slow, but the chef & owner is a very nice man. Leave room for desert! Chocolate mousse and Apple Crumble & Ice cream sizzler... mmmmh.|
|★★★★★ Best Halal Steak house in GTA, period. We were going there at least once a month from work, was quite a drive, now they don't open at lunch, boohoohoo. Nonetheless, if Steak's you want, this is the place to go. Fillet Mignon is amazing, albeit small portion and high price. Would love to see larger steak and a smaller bill :) Wouldn't we all.|
|★★ Food: wasn't that great, steak was good but the seasonal vegetables seemed like it was the frozen stuff you get at your grocery store - then ones you just steam and serve.|
Service: the manager in the front who gives you a table was a really nice lady and very friendly and so was the owner, but the servers have no customer service skills at all! They're these young kids who were talking aloud about their tips for the evening, and chatting amongst eachother instead of attending to the customers; it took us a while to get their attention when we needed refills for our water. Our waitress asked us if she could bring us the bill just 10 minutes after she served us our dinner! Very unprofessional.
Overall: this restaurant is just hyped up, we had a long wait for a table but it was definitely not worth it. Once other halal steak houses start opening up in Toronto, I doubt people will be excited about Affy's unless they pay more attention to their service and offerings.
|★★★★ I'm an honest-to-God burger connoisseur and take gourmet burgers very seriously. After a quick browse over the menu of 3 different burgers priced at $8-10 on their website, I knew I was looking at an opportunity to do it Halal and not feel the guilt of messing up my body with the heavy stress hormone (cortisol) filled non-zabihah garbage. The crispy onion burger came with a side of fries. Amazingly, anything that came off of the vat was delicious. Fresh, crispy, and flavorful. I wasn't sure if it's just sunflower oil that they mix in or something else, but there was a slight nuttiness to it that made it delicious. It was the grill work that surprised me. As far as the burger, it was substandard. It was overcooked, arid, rubbery, and had an off white inner color which indicates a fatty, low quality meat. I immediately called the waiter and showed him that. I also showed him how all the jalapeno pieces in the burger were tips or tops of the peppers, which seemed either intentional or bad timing that I ended up with the final things in their toppings tray. The waiter mentioned that Affy was out of town on holiday and that a stand-in chef was in his place. The chef's explanation was that it was "well done" and that's why there was no juice left in it. I asked him to not flip the next burger more than once until the first side was to par, and to do it "medium" then. He took my advice and it came back as I thought it would. Somewhat a "medium well done" with some juiciness in the meat though the texture was still blocky. It was much better this time around although it still cannot match the standard of an above average gourmet burger in mainstream venues. The meat was not seasoned but the cheese was melted well, and the fixings were still fresh and cold. Brothers, there is a huge vacuum in the market for a halal gourmet burger place in town. I did try my wife's chicken breast dish, and it was really good, like that of a fancy grill restaurant. All in all, still the best we can do! So 4 stars.|
|★★ We had only a few adults and a couple of little kids in our party, but it took over an hour for us get our food from when we first ordered it. We were ignored by the forgetful, high-school aged waitress time after time because she was too busy talking with her friends. There was apparently only ONE chef on a sunday night and the bar tender made our drinks after we were half way done with our food. The stuffed chicken was the only pleasant memory of the night. At least the chef came out and apologized at the end and offered us free dessert.|
|★★★★★ Great place! I have been to Affy's twice now and I am starting like it more and more everytime I go. The staff is pleasant...although a little slow throughout their busy times. The chef is very friendly and the food is amazing. Definitely one of the best halal restaurants in Ontario.|
|★★ I have been to Affy's several times in the last year with my family and friends. Always like their food and recommend the resturant to others. Service is always slow but at the end the food compensates it.|
However, the last couple of visits, the service has degraded a lot. Like last time I had to go to the counter atleast a couple of times as the waitress forgot about my order. Also I got very upset when my wife checked the bill and found out about $41 discrepancy. Actually the waitress charged me $21.50 for tips and also she kept $10 tip. She did not even mentioned once that she already charged us for the tip. Then there was a
$10 charged with no explanation. I was surprised as I never check my billl.
Overall, the food is great, but the service needs considerable improvement-the staff needs to be more courteous and the service needs to be faster than what it currently is. Their poor service has been a great factor in making us avoid that restaurant all together!
|★★★★★ Absolutely THE BEST HALAL RESTAURANT IN NORTH AMERICA!!! The serving time was on par with any upscale restaurant that you will ever go to. The service was exceptional and the only thing better was the food. We were a group of 8 and everyone’s food was incredible!!! Once we were done, we asked to speak to the chef who was gracious and very humble; he thanked us for our feedback with a smile. We actually suggested a second location to which he replied that he does his best to oversee full operations and that would spread him too thin. Anyone that has complained or provided negative feedback are way off base. I have referred at least 20 people here and they have all said the same thing: |
No other restaurant in North America can even compare!!!
|★★★★ I have been there few times, the New York strip steak is really good and so it the burger. The service and surroundings is perfect. They have a good menu and price is reasonable and in par with other restaurants. The only comment regarding food is they need change the fries, they are not real potatoes .. so order mash potatoes instead. I will be going often.|
|★★★★★ The best in North America - and I have eaten at a lot of places.|
|★★ Been to this restaurant a couple of times. The food is what takes me there. Food is good!good!good!Fast food is decently priced however the speciality items are priced way through the roof. The service is poor!poor!poor! and if it gets busy then Wait times is poor!poor!poor! The chef cooks well but the staff needs coaching on hospitality. I would prefer to take-out rather than wait for the hopes of my food to arrive.|
|★★★ I finally went to this place after almost a year of waiting. Maybe my expectations were too high but I thought everything was average. The prices were very high for a halal joint and it really didnt warranty it. The food was above average, service wasnt great and above all there was no wow factor. I might try it again but would definitely think twice.|
|★★ Based on the experience my friends and I had, the food at this place is atrocious. We had fried calamari (not good), chicken quesadillas (this was good), stuffed jalapeno (not good), new york strip, fillet mignon, and pasta with chicken. First of all, the steak was horrible. it so was above and beyond tasteless, and it was incredibly chewy,despite the fact it was supposedly cooked medium. My friends ordered the fillet mignon, and they were so astonished at what they eat, considering it was for $25. The rice was ridiculously undercooked. Nobody liked what they had, i mean nobody. We were extremely disappointed, because the menu looked so good. The drinks were also really expensive. C'mon, $5 for a pina colada drink? thats absurdly high. Suffice to say, i will never be going there again and i wil tell others to do so as well. I don't know why so many like his food? I mean its clearly horrible !!! I wonder if the peoples standard on this website are so low that as soon as there is any halal place that serves western cuisine, majority of the people throw their hands up in utter ecstasy. Taking advice from this website, i went to Moe's Southwest Grill and it was equally disappointing. I sometimes don't know, whether if i should be taking advice from the users of this site or not. Brothers and Sisters out there, Be very cautious when reading the users reviews on this site...except mine ; )....its the truth !!!|
|★★★★ Dont expect it to be a desi restaurant where you get tons of food for $9.99. The Chef is authentic and so is food (Fillet Mignon - the ultimate) probably you will not get this quality of this category of food in this price. Ensure you RESERVE your place unless you want to watch family tv in their lounge for 45 mts to 1.5 hours. Apple Crumble actually comes in sizzling skillet with icecream on top so sizzle yourself|
|★★★★★ The pricing varies from reasonable to a bit over the top.|
My friend ordered a steak that cost like 18.00 and it was the size of ur palm, way too small.
I've had the lemon chicken breast, which was excellent!!! I crave it often. They also have mexican dishes.
The waitresses are nice, and they give salsa and chips as free appetizers. Affy's also has virgin daiquiris which is cool and pretty tasty.
They have a really great menu. I recommend it for sure.
|★★★★★ one of the best Halal places in North America, the very first thing that impressed me was the cleanliness and the professional service,sadly most Halal restaurants never adhere to basic hygeine. the food is just great unmatchable steaks.|
I'll recommend that everyone have a try
|★★★★★ Best halal North American cuisine in town, Very impressed with the food. Everyone who has issuses with the space being small, well it's been expanded already and will be opening InshaAllah Jan 2009. They also serve vegetarian food tailored to your preferences. Chef Afzal Bhatti has certainly exceeded everyone's expectations.|
|★★★★★ I don't know what all these people are complaining about, Affy's is the greatest. Good service and good food. Pricey? You are not ordering shawarmas, you are ordering steak! Of course it's going to be more than four or five dollars! Just because it's halaal doesn't mean it'll be cheap.|
And if you don't like the type of food this place serves up (steak, pastas, gourmet sandwiches, etc.) please stick to your shawarmas and butter chicken instead of hating.
Toronto, Ontario, M1E4W7
|★★★ First time I went there with my wife, we were asked to come back at 4 PM to a closed restaurant by the daughter/waitress. |
2nd time I went there: The food was great for the price. - 8/10
The service is very slow because of one chef and no sue chef to speed it up. Allow yourself 1 hour buffer time for them to catch up to your demands. 2/10
The atmosphere ambiance is a bit conjusted and 'in your face' as soon as you step in apart from restaurants that have a buffer between people eating and reception. Everyone looks at you as if you're entering on a stage. Find your own seat because the 3 waitresses are too busy operating the cash. No sense of responsibilities are allocated. 2/10
There is only one waitress there who is competent and actually smiles and checks on you while the rest are headless chicken running around. If you encounter a West Indian waitress there, she's the one who's always on the ball. The rest are slow as molases. Make sure you tip her. 10/10
Third time, I went there (party of 2), we were asked to leave because of a reserved full house. Its disorganized. 1/10
Considering I use to go to Canyon Creek to pay for the same Aftab's halaal food (thank you for making it available), you would think he would pick up a few tips about how to deligate a restaurant but then again he's not a manager, he's a chef.
Overall . . . I support Muslim businesses anyday :-) Keep up the good work Affy staff . . . just need a few adjustments. I will revisit for support and improvement and the food!! :-)
|★★★★★ I am surprised to see any negative reviews about Affy's. I have been there 5 times and all of my firends and I LOVE it Masha Allah. The srevice sometimes borders on being a little slow, but the food has always been very good and never cold. The portion sizes are good. I know at least 15 people that eat here and they are all very satisfied. The only critisism I can offer is a few of the dishes are a bit too salty (like the stuffed cajun chicken).|
|★★★★★ mmm... affys... mmm...|
|★★★★★ Mashallah the food here is phenomenal and the prices are reasonable. Staff is very friendly and the chef knows his stuff. I have eaten there 4 times since it opened and I cant wait to go again.|
|★ I didn't have the greatest experience at Affys, in fact was very disappointed in the quality of food and poor service. |
I have to agree with the previous poster about the Chef's behavior. I thought my feedback would be taken positively and be used to make this restaurant better, however, the 'hand waving' and 'thats how its done' attitude displayed by the chef/owner did not help in making our experience a bit better.
I'll wait to go somewhere else, not there anymore!
|★★ Honestly, I've eaten at better restaurants. This one has bad service but the waitresses were nice enough and helpful. The food was sent back twice, once because it was cold and again because it was undercooked and the vegetables were too, my mother took less than two bites and sent it back ruining her evening on top of which she was fasting and we were to pay for it as well. The chef came out and was BEYOND hostile and did not take our constructive criticism too well, the waitress tells us that she gets it often. *shakes head* Needless to say, I'm not going back there again and advice other to go with caution or don't go at all.|
|★★★★★ I just went to Affy's last night and I loved it! I agree that the service could be faster, but i guess thats expected when a restaurant is starting out. I've heard that this place hasnt even been open for a month now so i think we can cut them some slack. |
as for the comparison with kara mia, while i think its a great restaurant with good food, the place is smaller and thus holds fewer people which means there are fewer people to serve. Also, its been open significantly longer. in the beginning they had their kinks as well :).
Besides the service-time, the service itself was really great. the servers came back to check on us periodically and the chef himself came out every so often to make sure that the guests were okay and the food was made to their liking - he cracked a few jokes as well..lol. I think thats pretty unique - especially for a halal restaurant.
in terms of the food I thought this place was phenomenal. I've been to almost every well-known halal restaurant in markham, scarborough, pickering and some in mississauga and i have to say the food here is definitely my favourite!
I had the stuffed chicken which came with two sides - it was phenomenal. and the portion sizes were more than sufficient. my sister couldnt even finish her food! :)
personally, i'd recommend it to everyone. When i got to the restaurant, there wasnt an empty seat in the house (on a thursday night).
Congrats Chef Afzal
|★★★★ I've been here twice so far and overall the food was very good. Had the top sirloin the first time I went, and it was PHENOMENAL. The burgers are a good value, they are very big, but they do lack a bit of flavour. The stuffed jalepeno peppers are excellent. I heard bad things about the service, but both times I went, it was in the day, so the service was prompt and courteous!|
|★★★★ Mashallah i have been waiting for something like this to open. Extremely good food. Service a bit slow but that usual with a new place like this. Enjoyed the experience and liked the ambience.|
|★ I know food and have eatin at better restraunts, this was not one of them. There were only 2 waiters attending to everyone in the restraunt, after the girl took our order we waited 20 minutes before the appetizers came out and when our food came it was cold. First they charge an average of $15 for a dish (which is norm) but it only came with a small steak and a baked potato. If you go to non-halal restraunts you pay the same amount but get more stuff (wonder why people eat non-halal) - food wasnt good - it was 5 of us and 2 dishes were ok and the rest didnt even eat their food. this group came in who sat in the booth next to us, they got the appetizers before us (the lady working there knew them) but no one took their order and they had to call someone to come after 20 mins. Bad service, bad food. Im def. not going there again.|
|★★★★ The food is excellent and I haven't eaten a steak like that in a while - Very tender, and cooked the way I like it. My only complaint would be that service is very slow and needs to improve. It took over 20 minutes just to get the menu, which is unreasonable especially when you've got hungry kids waiting. |
|★ The food tastes horrible. Items are very expensive. NOT RECOMMENDED.|
|★★★★ The food here is definately not terrible. I would say some items are really good, and some are just ok. The new york striploin steak is awesome, the rest of the steaks are just ok. The burgers were quite dry inside, but theres some gravy on the side you can dip it in to get it a bit more juicier. Side dishes are simple items you can just cook at home, there's nothing special about them. I was just expecting a bit more considering we have a quality chef here.|
The service here I would say is friendly, but they really gotta get their act together. I've only been on the weekends, and its been moderately busy. There's quite a bit of people working in here which makes you wonder why the service couldn't be a bit more prompt. For example a place like Kara Mia, there's usually only one waiteress, and she does a fabulous job running around and limiting the wait time for people to order and pay. At Affy's Grill, even with the 2-3 waitresses they have, you're always having to wait quite a bit.
Price wise, I would say this place is kinda high, even compared to Kara Mia.
Overall it's a great new halal joint where you can have steaks which you won't find anywhere else (other than Kara Mia). Still though, I was expecting a bit more.