Mississauga's Top 5 Japanese Restaurants

The following Japanese restaurants are not AYCE sushi joints in Mississauga. These five Japanese restaurants are perfect for a romantic date or sophisticated business meeting. These are a la cart restaurants that take a little more time to make your Japanese dishes. Japanese cuisine is simple, elegant, tasty and healthy, which is why scientists believe that Japanese people are among the healthiest the world.

Here are the top five Japanese restaurants in Mississauga:

5 - Iron Chef

Iron Chef is located in the weirdest plaza to get into by Tomken and Eglinton. When you first walk in, a modern Japanese restaurant greets you with sit-down dining on one side and teppanyaki on the other. I’ve heard a lot about this place over the years, and with a name like Iron Chef, you expect a lot. Was it worth the hype? No, but it was good enough to make the top 5. I had the deluxe sushi lunch at $16 and it came with the chef ‘s choice of eight pieces of assorted fish and eight California rolls. The sushi was done very well and the fish to rice ratio was in favour of the fish, which I always prefer. This place also has daily lunch specials that are great for the lunch sushi enthusiast who wants to save a couple of bucks but has the worst website I have ever seen for a restaurant.

What you need to try: The daily lunch special

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Dai Ichi Sushi

An incredible restaurant located on the southwest side of Mississauga that you can’t even see from the street is Dai Ichi Sushi. Once you find it, you walk into a contemporarily decorated Japanese restaurant. They have small rooms to eat in, which is nice if you don’t want to listen to people at the next table drone on about their computer system at work. I ordered the sushi/sashimi bento box, and as you can see in the picture, the fish was plentiful. The sushi was done very well and the rice was packed very tight (the way it should be) and the sashimi was very fresh. This place is actually very well priced compared to others on this list. This place is great for a date due to the closed-off rooms.

What you need to try: Sushi/Sashimi bento box

3 - Sushi Tei

It offers freebies to start — and if you’re really lucky, they offer another midway through your dinner, such as a seared fish (which might be close to expiring, but it’s still a nice touch and it prevents waste). I always seem to leave Sushi Tei stuffed like a Build-A-Bear, so if you are super hungry for good quality food, then Sushi Tei is the place to be. It is a large yet cozy venue that offers private booths as well as tables. Their menu is expansive and they offer both Japanese and Korean cuisine.

What you need to try: Soft Shell Crab

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Masamune Japanese Restaurant

Masamune Japanese Restaurant has been in Mississauga for 19 years and is one of the only Japanese restaurants in our Top 5 list to offer both Western style dining with Western tables and chairs and traditional Japanese style dining in Zashiki Rooms (also referred to as Tatami Rooms). The Zashiki room is where a group can dine in traditional Japanese style with shoes removed, chabudai (low tables), small pillows to sit on, and a sunken floor for your legs. I ordered more than a few dishes which included Sunomono Salad, Spicy Salmon Handroll, Fried Tofu, and a Salmon Teriyaki Bento Box. The Sashimi is most definitely the freshest and most tender in the top 5. The Soft Shell Crab and the accompanying sauce were flavourful and a decent portion size. Overall, the experience was good including the attentive customer service. This place is a little pricier but you can tell why in the quality of fish.

What you need to try: Any of the sashimi

1 - Hinote Sushi

Hinote Sushi takes the number one spot based on the quality of the food, presentation and atmosphere. It’s a small gem hidden in a residential plaza. If you want to try it during your lunch break, get there before noon because there is a daily and loyal lunch rush. Although Hinote is a touch pricier than other sushi restaurants, it is worth it and you get what you pay for. One of my all time favorite Japanese dishes is a spicy salmon roll/hand roll and Hinote does it so well. The presentation is beautiful. The taste is a melody in my mouth and incorporates the savory flavour of their special hot sauce, the crunchiness of the bits of tempura and the soft freshness of the raw salmon. It’s literally an explosion of opposing textures that just works so well.

What you need to try:
Spicy Salmon Roll

We asked you What is your favourite a la cart Japanese restaurant in Mississauga?
Here is what you said:

Hinote - 21%
Masamune - 19%
Sushi Tei - 13%
Prince Sushi - 11%
Dai Ichi Sushi - 9%
Iron Chef - 8%
Kanda Sushi - 8%
Arigato - 3%
Tako Sushi - 3%

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