Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: Aug. 24-30

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Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of Aug. 24-30, based on the number of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on insauga.com.


5) The Open Cork Restaurant & Lounge

One of the most underrated places in Mississauga is not one you should miss—we're talking about The Open Cork, located on Dundas East just steps away from the Etobicoke border. In the summer months the patio is phenomenal. When it’s wetter and colder out, you have a massive, modern lounge with a towering, backlit bar. The chic restaurant is perfect for a filling Italian-style meal or after-work beverage. In fact, it holds multiple Wine Spectator awards, so it's a great destination for vino. If you want to hang out in the lounge, be sure to order the cheese-laden nachos or the fabulously satisfying imported and domestic cheese platter (if you're not sharing the platter with multiple people, you will have lots to take home with you!).

 


4) Kage Nikkei Restobar

Watching the culinary landscape is fascinating, as cuisine--much like clothing and decor--can seemingly come in and out of fashion. For the first time, a restaurant that celebrates Peruvian food (and more specifically, Peruvian and Japanese fusion cuisine) is open in Mississauga. A few short years ago, a trip to a Peruvian restaurant meant a trip to St. Clair West or Oakville. Now, there's an option in Mississauga—and it's also great for anyone who loves non-traditional Japanese cuisine. As far as food goes, Kage—which has made its home in the 5&10 area—serves sea bass tiradito, beef tataki, ceviche, karaage, Yokozuna’s street roll, blowtorched salmon escabeche, anticuchos, hot stone duck fried rice and more. The resto also boasts a modern interior and a satisfying cocktail menu.

 


3) Udupi Madras Cafe

You’d be forgiven if you said you’d never heard of this tucked-away gem on Enfield Place, right behind the Sussex Centre. It’s not visible from the street, but its central location and unique menu brimming with Southern Indian vegetarian cuisine puts this pleasant finding high on our list of must-visit Indian restos. The cafe, intimate and decorated in dark, rich hues, offers diners the chance to sample medu vada (a sort of savory doughnut), various dosas (crepe-like wraps) and South Indian Thali, a mini five-course meal served with a pickle, pappad, yogurt, buttermilk, sambar, rasam, poriyal, dal or kootu, gravy, rice of the day, white rice, chapati or poori and the dessert of the day. The Thali is served on a round platter with rice in the center and, despite sounding overwhelming, isn’t too much for one person to finish. Diners looking for an even more authentic experience can enjoy a masala chai (tea) after their meal. The fair price point, attentive service and highly customizable menu (you can specify spice, oil and texture level for dosas) makes this inconspicuous vegetarian resto more than worth the search.


2) 17 Steakhouse and Bar

17 Steakhouse and Bar was one of the most impressive new openings of 2015. Millions were spent redesigning the majestic 32,000 sq. ft. space filled with over the top features such as a gorgeous oversized freshwater aquarium filled with a colourful array of African cichlid fish that's visible from both the main bar and one of the two private dining rooms. The menu includes a number of U.S., Ontario and Alberta prime cuts of beef, including the tenderloin, strip loin, prime T-bone, porterhouse and tomahawk. You will also find Japanese A5 wagyu and a reasonably priced American flat iron wagyu at $40 for 8 oz. Other options include oysters, ahi tuna, seared scallops, tempura shrimp, fish options, salads, duck confit, bison tenderloin, risotto, chicken, braised back ribs, charcuterie board, calamari and a seafood tower.

 


1) Pho Queen City

Pho Queen City is located in one of the most ethnic culinary blocks in Mississauga at 5 and 10 (Hurontario and Dundas), where you can find just about every kind of cuisine in a four block radius. Pho Queen City opened about a year ago and I feel as though it hasn’t been discovered yet, likely due to the location. At a quick glance, the corner plaza is at one of the busiest intersections in Mississauga and it can seem as though there isn’t any parking. In fact, there is an outdoor area to park with plenty of free spots (the perks of Sauga living). Pop music plays throughout the restaurant that is doing everything right. It’s clean (ranked top three for cleanliness), the pho bo broth is full of flavour and has more ingredients than other places and the service was extremely attentive.

 

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