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Sham Buffet

pocky Mar 22, 2011 06:30 AM

I am looking for reviews on this restaurant, Sham Buffet, middle eastern buffet. It is located on 1456 Dundas St E in Mississauga (around Dixie & Dundas). Has anyone been? Thank you in advance.

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    ylsf RE: pocky Mar 22, 2011 07:02 AM

    Interesting name choice... I thought this was going to be a post about a "sham of a buffet" :)

    Curious to hear how the place is though, something I would be interested in checking out if it is decent.

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      jmarcroyal RE: ylsf Mar 22, 2011 07:34 AM

      for a second I thought you were talking about Happy Panda, lol

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        kwong RE: jmarcroyal Mar 22, 2011 08:21 AM

        I'd actually rather go to Happy Panda. I tried Sham out and it was nothing special, but it cost like $15+ for lunch. Nothing tasted bad, but nothing really tasted good either.

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          Pigurd RE: kwong Mar 22, 2011 09:20 AM

          i was curious about this place too because they have a 2 for 1 deal of the day thing today.. the name is suspicious though

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            dxs RE: Pigurd Mar 22, 2011 09:41 AM

            The name may be a questionable choice if trying to attract non-arabic customers, but there's nothing 'suspicious' about it. 'Sham' is the arabic word for Damascus, the Syrian city.

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              Herb RE: dxs Mar 22, 2011 10:54 AM

              Still, you'd think someone would have pointed this out to the owners. I always wonder what they were thinking when I drive by Fukui Sushi on Bayview.

              Fukui Sushi
              1612 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

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                Ted Richards RE: Herb Mar 23, 2011 07:26 AM

                Not to mention Ikki Sushi on Kingston Rd west of Midland.

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                  KitchenVoodoo RE: Ted Richards Mar 29, 2011 04:50 PM

                  Or Kaka Lucky in Chinatown East!

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                dxs RE: dxs Mar 22, 2011 12:35 PM

                Edited to add that as pakmode states below, Sham is basically another word for Syria, not Damascus. My bad...

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        pakmode RE: pocky Mar 22, 2011 11:28 AM

        I'm going to order one of these vouchers off RFD to try this place out. When I went to Shawarma Empire this past weekend, there was an ad in an Arab newspaper for this place, so it's worth a try. If it's no good, no harm no foul. Just won't return.

        Also as an FYI, Sham, probably should've been spelled 'Shaam' or something of that sort to not make it look like 'sham'. Shaam is the Region of Syria, similar to referring to the northeast US as New England.

        My guess is this place is geared toward the large Arab population that resides in Mississauga, and the owners assumed people would 'just know' what Sham meant.

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          Vinnie Vidimangi RE: pakmode Mar 22, 2011 07:57 PM

          Went for lunch buffet, $12.99. Large cooked food selection, light on vegetable salads ( but this is winter) , lots of desserts but nothing good and mostly Canadian institutional.

          Excellent lentil soup, chicken breast on skewers, kebob, fried fish quite all right . The rest were talentless nothings and sometimes screwed up (eg far too much salt in the tabouleh, soggy majadrah.) Wasted opportunities and wasted calories.

          I f you want to make a meal from the soup, the two grill items and a plain salad to which nothing is done, go and it will be excellent.

          The head cook/owner is Palestinian from Ramallah.
          The name Sham as well as much of the buffet are unfortunate. The owners seem not to have missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

          The Lebanese guys at Zanobia a bit east are a much better bet and for the same $12.99 ( at lunch only. More expensive at supper). The grilled meats aren't as good, but overall a much nicer meal. Much of the meal is really good for Toronto. Go particularly on weekends when their salads are at the top of the cycle.
          See previous post.


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            pakmode RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Mar 23, 2011 08:03 AM

            Hey Vin, I still gotta try out Zanobia based on your rec a few weeks ago. Do either of these places bake fresh pita, or is it out of the bag?

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              Vinnie Vidimangi RE: pakmode Mar 23, 2011 03:56 PM

              The pita is the same in both places, out of the bag, indeterminate freshness. It is small, very thin, and I think "in the circle of" Lebanese style. Does the job, but nothing that I would seek out.

              I brought pita from Arz to Zanobia once. Worth the effort.

              Arz's is the best I had in North America. Very good, even though I think that Arz went down a bit a few years ago when it changed the flour to make the pita more elastic and less susceptable to tearing. Wholewheat seems to have stayed the same.

              Who bakes their own in Toronto?


              1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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                lyndak RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Mar 24, 2011 04:59 AM

                VVM - there's a small delivery and take out place at Bathurst and Steeles called Napoli Vince's.

                Their menu indicates that their pita is home made. I've ordered from them a few times and have always enjoyed their souvlaki sandwich. I don't know enough about Pita's to determine if it is infact home made or not but it sure does taste good!

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                  Herb RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Mar 24, 2011 06:23 AM

                  Paramount bakes their pita to order. They're huge (all puffed up). Three locations I think.


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                    pakmode RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Mar 24, 2011 08:29 AM

                    The three that quickly come to mind are:

                    Paramount, as Herb mentioned.


                    Rami's Market on Lawrence...if you go to their takeout counter and ask them, or order one of their specials...they'll bake to order.

                    1996 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

                    390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

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                    jmarcroyal RE: pakmode Mar 24, 2011 11:59 AM

                    Theres a Shawarma place in mississauga near Dundas and Hurontario and they actually make their own pita, they roll it out and toss it in the oven and it puffs up like a balloon. I was really surprised to see them do that, i havent seen it done before, and it was so fresh and good!

                    The rest of the meal wasnt as exciting as the pita but it was decent, better then Farhat for example...

                    2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

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                      pakmode RE: jmarcroyal Mar 24, 2011 12:48 PM

                      Yes, I forgot to mention that. That's Leaf Donair, but I've heard that it's gone downhill since being sold. One of the former owners is now working at Pizza Pide.

                      Haven't verified if the food has gone downhill as I haven't been there in at least 8-10 months, so if anybody could verify would be appreciated.

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                    CeeQueue RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Mar 24, 2011 08:15 AM

                    Another missed opportunity, since if the buffet had been amazing, a review could have borne the headline: "Sham Wow!"

                    Okay, even I'll admit that's a bit of a groaner.

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                  wiggy. RE: pocky Mar 23, 2011 07:24 PM

                  I went to this place 5-6 weeks ago. It boiled down to nothing special. Passable versions of a lot of stuff, but generally uninspired overall. Nothing leapt out at me as being particularly memorable. When I was there, there was no chicken to allow me to cobble together my own little shawarma sandwich. I might give the place another try if I'm in the neighbourhood again, but there was nothing in my first visit that would motivate me to make the drive just to go there.

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                    ylsf RE: pocky Mar 28, 2011 09:34 PM

                    This place is on Deal Ticker for another 5 hours or so again today...

                    until about 5am ish

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