Top 5 Most Popular New Restaurant Openings in Mississauga in 2016
Every year, Mississauga welcomes hot new restaurants to its ever-growing food scene and there were some highly-anticipated new openings in 2016.
From stylish Mexican joints to absolutely stunning boutique Indian restos, the restaurant scene was as exciting as always.
Here's a look at the most popular new openings on 2016, based on the amount of organic page views the opening stories generated on insauga.com.5) Corner by Spoon and Fork
Corner is a cafe that offers a casual dining experience in a contemporary space and offers a global menu that caters to a wide variety of palates. The concept, by Spoon & Fork, is the brand’s first quick-service restaurant. The popular brand is a family run business, well known for their contribution to the Asian restaurant scene, having started their first Japanese restaurant called Prince Japanese Steakhouse back in 1996. Corner’s Asian and European menu includes a wide variety of options that include freshly baked pastries (croissants, scones, muffins, brownies, donuts, Danishes and cinnamon buns); sushi burritos, desserts (French macarons, tarts, cupcakes, cakes); all day breakfast (benedict’s, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, French toast) and sushi trays (made fresh daily and on-site). The Mum Bowl is a fun Thai-inspired dish where you can mix and match over 50 different ingredient options to create your own personalized dish.
4) Foodie North
Foodie North is a new Chinese restaurant which differentiates itself from others by focusing on Northern Chinese cuisine. Chinese cuisine, like most, varies across the country and a variety of factors such as the climate and region influence the characteristics of the cuisine. Henan, Shanxi, Shandong Provinces and Beijing are some of the regions you will find in North China. Northern dishes are much heartier and heavily seasoned due to the colder climate. The staple ingredient is wheat which is used in steamed buns, dumplings, stuffed buns, pancakes and lamian (Chinese noodle). This unique technique of making lamian is a fascinating craft and unique to China. The menu, like the restaurant, is quite expansive offering everything from duck to pork, chicken to lamb, and seafood to stews and all are made in-house.
3) Roman Zaman
Roman Zaman captivates you with an extra-sensory experience from the moment you step into the restaurant. It wows you with the vibrant palate of colours and contrasting prints and materials and the Middle Eastern music that invites you into the space. The Damascene cuisine menu includes both traditional dishes and modern takes on Middle Eastern cuisine and includes a number of cold and hot starters such as yalanji (vine leaves stuffed with rice, tomatoes, parsley, mint, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, tomato paste, onions, and crushed bell peppers), kibbehnayeh (raw meat dish includes habra meat, crushed bulgur wheat and spices), muhammara (mixture of breadcrumbs, pomegranate molasses, olive oil and walnuts) and chili potatoes (grilled potatoes, olive oil, garlic, parsley and coriander).You will also find soups, salads, shawarma platters, saj (middle eastern flatbrad) and sandwiches on the menu.
The Maharaja is an incredibly stunning boutique restaurant inspired by the regal beauty of India's diverse landscape of architecture and flavours. The concept offers a visual and culinary journey through three magnificent palaces of India and a menu featuring cuisine from four different regions in India. The storybook menu is divided into four regional cuisines found in India which have been influenced by various ingredients and flavours of a variety of countries including Greece, West and Central Asia and Persia. There are a number of shareable dishes and entrees highlighting the unique flavours of each region through Awadhi cuisine, classic Hyderabadi cuisine, Punjabi cuisine and Rajputana cuisine. The extensive menu caters to all palates and features distinct regional dishes presented on fine dishes such as copper bowls, slate boards, and copper table top grill.
1) El Jefe
One of Mississauga’s most highly anticipated restaurants opened this year to great fanfare. It’s one of only three full-service Mexican restaurants in Mississauga and it’s called El Jefe, which translates to “the boss” or “the chief” in Spanish. The menu features table-side made guacamole and house-made flour tortillas, sauces and salsas. The chef has incorporated three main cheeses throughout the menu, including Mexican queso fresco, Spanish manchego and American Monterey jack cheeses. The diverse, mouth-watering menu includes dishes such as ceviche, Corona-battered blooming onions, taquitos, baked empanadas, seven different tacos (chicken, fish, steak, calamari and more), burritos, carnitas, a signature beavertail taco and a classic Mexican sweet favourite - churros.