Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: Oct 7 - 13

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Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of Oct 7 - 13, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on insauga.com.


5) Emerald Chinese Restaurant

Emerald Chinese Restaurant has a lot going for it. The selection is wonderful, the servers are helpful, the space is plentiful and the location perfect (if not a little confusing, but more on that later). Almost always packed on weekends, Emerald is popular for a reason. Once you realize you need to enter the Eglinton building from Hurontario, it’s easy enough to find. You won’t have trouble finding a parking spot, and with the resto located at a major intersection just steps away from Square One, you can easily make your way there by bus. The carts are constantly coming, and you can choose from a wide selection of steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried and congee dishes. The lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice is exceptional, with massive, flavourful chunks of sausage embedded in the starchy treat. The interior is that of a classic Chinese restaurant, complete with colourful dragons and hanging lanterns.


4) Avani

Avani, located at Mavis and Matheson, gets extra points for being a unique Indian and Asian cuisine fusion restaurant. Spacious and elegant with its use of deep colours and linen tablecloths, its extensive menu offers a pakora platter, spring rolls, samosa rolls, butter chicken, chicken haryali and pad Thai. Seeing the exquisitely prepared chicken haryali was probably the most joyous part of the meal. The savory, tender chicken dish -- known for its electric green colour, thanks to its coriander marinade -- was exceptional. The presentation was also top notch, with a thin layer of cream adorning the slightly tough butter chicken. The aforementioned samosa rolls were also a hit, fusing Indian and Asian cuisine by stuffing a spring roll wrapper with samosa filling.


3) Porchetta Roll

Porchetta Roll, the brand new Dixie Road-area family-run restaurant that's already making a splash in the neighbourhood with its savoury menu and chic interior, opened its doors a little over a month ago. Run by husband and wife team Anna and Robert Siwek, the restaurant specializes in a number of flavourful and comforting European dishes and, you guessed it, porchetta. Porchetta, a fatty, flavourful and tender boneless pork roast often found in Italian cuisine, is the main event at a cozy take-out resto that also serves up cevapi (a Balkan sausage), veal sausage, inventive poutines and the establishment's best selling buttermilk chicken. While the resto has only been open for a few weeks, it's already attracting decent crowds anxious to try the chicken and porchetta dinners and sandwiches, southern fried chicken sandwich, shrimp po' boy, poutines with crispy chicken or shrimp and more. So if you're in the mood for some classic European fare, Porchetta Roll is more than worth a look.


2) Kenzo Ramen

Kenzo is the first ramen restaurant to set up shop in Mississauga and it is located on Burnhamthrope just past Mavis. Everything is made in-house -- the broth is stewed for 24 hours, the noodles are made fresh 24 hours in advance and the special sauces are fermented for three months. Ramen is Japan's national dish and it consists of a Japanese broth full of of noodles and garnished with various toppings, which can include boiled egg, vegetables, roasted pork, fish paste and seaweed. Any student (and me) can attest to the fact that it's damn good when you are hungry. The ramen is usually a couple dollars more than the Chinese noodles. A good side dish here is the gyozas, which are Japanese meat dumplings.


1) Union Social

Located in the northwest end of Mississauga by the huge Royal Bank building off the 401, is a non-chain restaurant called Union Social Eatery. The restaurant has an airy, open concept feel with a bar lined with large flat screen TVs that sits center stage. The lounge area is to the right and the dining area to the left. Everything is made in-house, including their signature sauces, in-house smoked wings and hand-cut Yukon Gold fries. You know a place is doing well when they open up their first location in Mississauga and then expand into Toronto. Usually it's the other way around. This is the case for Union Social Eatery, who opened their second location at Yonge and St. Clair. They are doing something right along with dishing out good food!

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