Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: Feb. 1 - 8

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Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of  Feb1-8, based on the number of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on insauga.com.


5) Rick’s Good Eats

This exceedingly creative gem sits on the Mississauga and Brampton border and offers an incredible array of North American and Indian fusion dishes. It’s truly one of a kind and offers such creative concoctions as a Punjabi cheeseburger with tandoori bacon, a dosa burger, butter chicken mac n’ cheese and more. Founded by Rick Matharu, a Recipe to Riches winner who took the top spot for his butter chicken lasagna, the restaurant does something decidedly unique and pays homage to two distinct food cultures. 

 


4) Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro

The Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro is a gem of a find in a small and quaint neighbourhood located west of Port Credit in a community called Clarkson Village. The Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro is a restaurant that’s now on my list of go-to places to dine in Mississauga. I had driven by it many times and had it on my list for months - I just wish I had gone sooner. I was floored by the level of service, the flavours, the quality of the food and the affordable pricing. This resto is a prime example of the benefits of supporting local restaurants over the big chains.

 


3) Maharaja

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.

 


2) 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!).

 


1) 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 an array of Japanese and Peruvian favourites. The resto also boasts a modern interior and a satisfying cocktail menu.

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