Hidden Gems in Mississauga: Twin Fish Thai Cuisine

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First Impression:
One of my very favourite restaurants in Mississauga is Twin Fish, which is tucked into the entertainment complex at Hurontario and Courtney Park. If you have a hankering for Thai cuisine, this is definitely the place to go.

The space is very calm and serene and you're greeted at the door like old friends returning after a long absence. The owners, Henry and Anne Duong, are wonderful people who truly enjoy serving their customers the best quality food they possibly can. They're so good, in fact, that they won the 2015 Trip Advisor award for Top Rated Seafood and Top Rated Thai Cuisine. So very well deserved, in my opinion!

The Good:

“There isn't a bad choice on the menu.”

I think it really depends on what you are in the mood for. I know that when my husband and I go there, we typically order the same dishes over and over again because we just love them. They are served family-style, so we always order too many dishes and share them - and we always take home enough for lunch the next day. One of our favourites is the garlic shrimp ($16). The juicy shrimp are perfectly cooked with that pop you expect when you bite into them and coated in the chef's house sauce and stir-fried with garlic, black pepper and green onions. The explosive hit of tangy garlic on your tongue and then the flavour of that sauce is just divine. The excellent service is also to be mentioned. We had two wonderful servers, Jeremy and Sally, who were so attentive yet unobtrusive and made sure that all our needs were cheerfully met. It made the dining experience that much more memorable. You really do feel taken care of.

The Unique:

Another of my favourites is the beef shank Massaman curry ($15). The curry features beef cooked until silky with that stick-to-your lips consistency that defines a good braise. It's coated with a coconut milk and tamarind sauce and tomato, potato, onions and roasted peanuts.

“Lime leaves and cardamom pods provide a little sour hit to counterbalance the creaminess of the coconut sauce. Spectacular!”

I first fell in love with Massaman curry when I was in Australia and went on a hunt to find it here at home. Twin Fish makes the best, most authentic Massaman that I've been able to find. It is simply delicious.

What they can improve on:

I have a difficult time finding something that they can improve on. Every dish they serve has its own unique taste and each is delicious and memorable. I did find that a couple of the dishes were perhaps a touch salty on the night we went, but that might also have been my taste buds that day. Definitely nothing to fault them on.

What else we tried:

“I did say that we order too much when we go to Twin Fish!”

In addition to the two great dishes above, we shared a hot and sour soup ($5) chock full of black mushrooms, egg, tofu, seaweed, bamboo shoots and Thai chili. Not overly hot, it was incredibly flavourful and left behind a lingering tingle on the lips.

The basil chicken ($14) came with tender, juicy chicken pieces, garlic, Thai basil, bell peppers and spring onions and was packed with flavour. There's nothing better than the spicy, slightly hot tang to the Thai basil when you get a hit. Yum! We also had the basil eggplant ($12), another favourite of mine, with long eggplants roasted in spicy sauce with fried tofu. It's incredible that eggplant could be so soft and tender in such an amazingly fragrant sauce.

And finally - I know, I said we ordered too much! - Pad Thai with chicken and shrimp ($14) that I have to say is the best I've ever had. The noodles are cooked perfectly al dente (not sure if using the Italian phrase is correct, but you get the drift) and covered with a sauce made with tamarind and caramelized in the wok, tender chicken, shrimp and fried tofu. A hit of lime over top and it just sings. A lot of Pad Thai is created with ketchup - yuk! Not at Twin Fish. It's another of my favourite dishes! Okay, they are all my favourites - I just can't help myself!

Final Thoughts:

“Twin Fish is the perfect destination for a quick bite or a special occasion”

Twin Fish is the perfect destination for a quick bite or a special occasion meal that will truly be talked about for a long time. Now that they've also opened a takeout place, Twin Fish Express on the Queensway, their delicious cuisine will be more widely available. When you're craving Thai food, it's worth the trip to Twin Fish! Tell Henry that Sally sent you. You'll be glad you went!

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