Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: Dec 9 - 15

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Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of Dec 9 - 15, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on insauga.com.


5) Bamboo Legend

Bamboo Legend is one of our favourite local Thai restos based on a combination of taste, atmosphere and service. The restaurant is a family-run business that originated in Mississauga and now boasts several locations. The menu is simply laid out and organized into categories and offers chicken, beef, shrimp, chicken and shrimp, seafood, or vegetable and tofu as the protein for each dish. The Thai names of the dishes are also listed on the menu, so you get a perfectly authentic dining experience that pairs both taste and atmosphere perfectly.


4) Michael’s Back Door

Before we start talking about the food and the restaurant, we’ve got to say that we love the name and where Michael’s is located. The setup is so unlike anything else in Mississauga, as it is located at the back of a building in Clarkson off Lakeshore Road and is almost a secret because it’s completely hidden from public view. As you park in the back alley, you will find a glass solarium protruding from the back. It’s almost like you are walking into a secret location. We love the risotto pescatore, which has risotto with shrimp, scallops, fresh tomatoes and white wine. This is a perfect place for a date and they even have a piano room that can accommodate 40 people (so it's great for a corporate dinner). They also have a wine room for up to 16, which is great for family parties when you just don’t want to cook at home. Michael’s is expanding so much that it might have a front door one day. Also, Michael’s Back Door has been around since 1981, so you know they’re doing something right.


3) 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.


2) The Wilcox

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 which features Greek and Gothic detailing and was built by Amos and Charles Wilcox in 1850. In a place that serves everything from pork sliders to poutine, Scotch egg, ceviche, cassava frites, braised short ribs, an 18oz bone-in rib eye steak and confit of duck leg I'm going straight to the burger. This is one of their signature dishes here called The Wilcox Burger and it didn't disappoint. The beef is grounded daily and the only one on this list that actually bakes their brioche buns daily. Now that's dedication!


1) 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 kibbeh section of the menu includes beef, potatoes or helah (fried or grilled). The grilled portion of the menu includes charcoal grilled skewers (beef and chicken) known as shish tawook and kebabs.

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