The Quick Dish: The Pulpo Grilled Octopus
Where: The Wilcox Gastropub is located on the corner of Hurontario and Eglinton and is situated in the Wilcox House - one of Mississauga's oldest Heritage Homes. It features Greek and Gothic detailing and was built by Amos and Charles Wilcox in 1850. The space pays homage to the building's heritage and its descendants and is named after the Wilcox's themselves. It boasts an interior that respects the traditional space with new and modern accents that bring the resto to a new level. Their cocktail list also features more traditional cocktails, such as the classic Burnt Old Fashion.
Unique for: This is not your average pub. They've got confit chicken wings on the menu.
Menu: Executive chef Humberto Sanchez is the creative talent behind the menu. He was also a contestant on Chopped Canada. The menu features pork sliders, poutine, Scotch egg, ceviche, cassava frites, braised short ribs, an18oz bone-in rib eye steak and confit of duck leg. Everything from the sauces to the bread is made in-house and the bread is baked every morning. The drink menu includes a good selection of craft beers and wine.
What: The Pulpo.
The Verdict: Pulpo is grilled Moroccan octopus placed on salsa verde and mixed with small potatoes, chorizo and toasted almonds. When I saw this on the menu, I was intrigued --especially since most places just have calamari. This dish was a plethora of flavours that actually worked really well and was one of the better appetizers I've had in a while. You can see in the picture that it was very well presented, but it was hard to get all elements of octopus, potatoes, chorizo and almonds in one fork bite.
Wait time: 15 minutes