New Opening: B’s Sizzling Kitchen
B's Sizzling Kitchen is an independent resto hidden on a commercial side street near Pearson International Airport. It truly is a gem of a find and that specializes in Filipino fusion cuisine and blends traditional Filipino dishes with North American and Asian flavours. Think California Filipino fusion food truck meets quaint Filipino karaoke bar.
While other ethnic cuisines have made it into the mainstream, Filipino cuisine really hasn't taken off and takes a back seat to other Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese, and Indian - something that the husband and wife duo behind B's Sizzling Kitchen want to change.
Chef Benedict Lucido and Nancy Del Napoles are local entrepreneurs who immigrated to Canada in 2006 with a background in business and hospitality who operated a bakery/restaurant and a catering company in the Philippines.
Sisig Fries - Fries topped with minced pork mash and a special sauce. Sisig is a traditional method of preparing meat which is diced and sauteed with onions in a soy sauce, vinegar, and lemon juice marinade and seasoned with a variety of spices.
Unique for: Fusion of Asian and North American cuisine. The restaurant has a pool table and karaoke machine, both free of charge to use.
Concept: Lucido and Del Napoles' vision is to bring Filipino cuisine to the mainstream by introducing Filipino flavours to other cultures with dishes like Sisig Fries (as seen in photo above), roasted pork belly in a bun and all-day breakfast dishes like Burgersilog (which includes a grilled burger, garlic fried rice and a fried egg). They also have special combo plates, such combo #4 which includes a spring roll, braised pork, noodles and steamed rice.
Signature Dish: Cebu-Style lechon is Lucido's prized recipe from back home. Lechon is a roasted whole pig slowly cooked over charcoal heat. Lechon recipes differ in every region and country and Cebu is known for having one of the best lechon recipes out there - distinct for its trademark combination of spices. Lucido's Cebu-style lechon is a boneless roasted pork belly made with his special blend of spices cooked in a rotisserie oven. The whole lechon takes four to six hours to prepare and the roasted pork belly takes two hours.
Menu: The menu is quite vast, offering fusion dishes and straight up North American items to
cater to those who may not be ready to dive into the more traditional Filipino dishes you will also find on the menu, such as Kare-Kare (oxtail in a peanut sauce) and Sizzling Dinuguan (traditional Filipino blood pudding stew). You can also get lechon by the pound, made fresh daily. Lucido says it's hard to come by, "so if I someone wants lechon on a Wednesday morning, they can have it here".
They serve all-day North American breakfast dishes as well as a typical Filipino breakfast dishes like Tapsilog, which is a dish comprised of cured beef, garlic fried rice and a fried egg.
You will also find a cheeseburger and fries, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, Caesar salad, chicken wings, BBQ skewers and even pasta on their menu.
Lucido also makes traditional Filipino snack items such as Pork Chicharon and Chicken Chicharron (crispy fried pork skin and chicken skin) and Pritong Mani (garlic peanuts) - a popular street food snack in the Philippines which is a tasty combination of fried peanuts and garlic slivers, a typical accompaniment to a beer.
Why Mississauga? "The Filipino community is strong in Mississauga; it's where we live and where our friends are," says Lucido.
What's Up and Coming? Lucido is working on a custom designed charcoal oven which should be ready by end of year. This will take his lechon to a whole other level. And when the weather warms up, Lucido BBQ's outside.
Seats: 50+ on a regular day, however they can accommodate 80-100 seats max for private functions.
Patio and Seats: There isn't a patio but they put a few small tables and chairs outside.