In 1982, Salim moved from his home country, Bangladesh, and chose Montreal, Canada for his host city and country. For almost 15 years, Salim gathered experience in the restaurant industry, notably at the Westin Hotel where he established best practices in the food industry and earned the respect of colleagues and management. He also obtained his restaurant management degree while working there.
In 1992, Salim welcomed members of his family to Canada, among them his two brothers: Ashraf and Shahab Uddin. The two siblings undertook studies. During this time, the young man’s dream had not shaded. He strived to be his own boss and start his own business.
In 1996, Salim’s dream became a reality: he inaugurates the Shafali Restaurant on Dalhousie Street in Ottawa, while providing employment to his younger brothers. The reputation of the restaurant flourished and very quickly won the hearts of Ottawa citizens. The three brothers, now co-owners of the restaurants, opened another Shafali restaurant in Ottawa in 1999 at the ByWard Market location. Shafali has become a well established institution in Ottawa.
Since their inauguration, the publicly acclaimed Indian restaurants have taken advantage of the Federal skilled workers program through which permanent residents are hired based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in its economy. Thanks to Shafali, many of these successful workers acquired strong skills and experience in the food industry, enough to have the ability to open their own restaurants.
Aside from taking part in preparing delectable Indian dishes, Salim’s other passion is undeniably contributing to a better world. Since 1984, Salim has been supporting Child Haven International. This organisation assists children in developing countries that are in need of food, education, health care, shelter and clothing, emotional and moral support. Learn more on Shafali’s involvement by visiting Charity.