Mississauga Restaurant Wins Very Prestigious Competition
Mississauga-based dining hotspots might not have made the list of the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada, but a relatively new Mississauga restaurant is making waves after coming in first place in a very important competition.
Mississauga’s Kantene Restaurant, which is located on Dundas in the Cooksville neighbourhood, is now home to Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich 2019.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring home the title of Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich 2019 and represent Mississauga. As a local business that has only been opened for 1.5 years, all the hard work is starting to pay off. We want to thank our staff who are like family to us and our amazing customers for nominating us and always showing us their love and support,” says Harith Darshana, chef and co-owner.
The resto placed first among 83 nominations after being chosen by the Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) in an Ontario Veal Appeal competition that was held at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.
“Thousands of people in Ontario took the time to nominate their favourite veal sandwich maker,” said Jennifer Haley, Executive Director of the VFO. “We’ve found that the passion of veal sandwich fans is nearly equal to that of our members, who proudly raise grain-fed veal on their family farms. For our farmers, it’s fulfilling to know their hard work is coveted by so many!”
The final event in the sandwich search had the top three makers presenting their best in front of friends and family at The Market Kitchen in Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market.
Judging was overseen by John Catucci, host of You Gotta Eat Here! and the new Big Food Bucket List on Food Network Canada, Sian Burns and Dina Marsillo of Kitchener’s Nostra Cucina (the duo won last year’s competition) and Tom Kroesbergen, chair of the VFO.
They were joined by Burlington-based judge Melinda Paletta, who won her spot at the judges’ table through a contest hosted by the VFO.
“Judging Ontario’s Best Veal Sandwich competition is probably the most Italian thing I have done in my life,” said Catucci. “It wasn’t a hardship by any means, but it was a real challenge to select just one winner. Each maker brings their own inspirations and history to this simple combination of Ontario veal and tomato sauce on a bun.”
This year, more than 80 restaurants had their veal sandwiches nominated by their customers via social media.
Kantene, which is known to serve some of the best gourmet comfort food in Mississauga, beat out Toronto’s California Sandwiches Claremont and Richmond Hill’s Tutti Panini.
This was the second year that Kantene was invited to compete.
Ontario Veal Appeal says that Darshana creates a spectacular veal sandwich that surprises with bright, fresh flavours.
“Kantene’s Panko-breaded Ontario veal is a little thicker than most but remains tender with a light crispy coating,” Ontario Veal Appeal says.
Named Veal Supreme, the award-winning sandwich is topped with grilled eggplant, melted bocconcini in a fresh tomato-based basil sauce, melted provolone and crispy parmesan.
Cover photo courtesy of Kantene’s Instagram account