Top 5 Under the Radar Chinese Restaurants in Mississauga
If there’s one cuisine Mississauga has plenty of, it’s Chinese. While the big and popular ones like Emerald and Summit Garden are well-known (and well loved), there are some that get left behind due to their more remote and hard-to-see locations. Some of these smaller and more obscure gems are perfect for a casual sit-down meal, even a date or a family shin dig.
Here are the top five under the radar Chinese restaurants in Mississauga:
Located in the Mississauga Chinese Centre and conveniently around the corner from Brunswick Zone (if you like bowling) is Best Friend Chinese Restaurant. Best Friend offers Chinese and Thai fare and has a casual atmosphere with simple decor. If there is ever a lull in conversation, you can admire and discuss the pig themed art work on the restaurant’s walls. Better still, you can be adventurous and start off with an appetizer of deep fried intestine. This place isn’t to be missed if you’re looking for a unique meal at a place a little off the beaten path.
4 - Jam House
JAM House Seafood Restaurant is another option available for late night eats and open daily until 2 am for late night diners and 3am on Saturday. JAM has white linen lined tables - an unexpected find in a late night restaurant. Although 2 am is late for most, it’s still early for clubgoers who’ll have to stick to the 24 hour or really-late-night restaurants options in Mississauga. JAM is a Chinese restaurant that has taken over the space formerly occupied by Happy Jade Seafood Chinese Restaurant hidden in a plaza along the busy intersection of Dixie Rd. and Dundas St., so it’s easy to miss. The menu includes about fifty dishes and a set dinner section to choose from that includes seafood, shark fin soup and marine delicacies, chicken, beef and pork dishes, hot pot rice and casserole dishes. You can also order dim sum anytime of the day or night!
3 - Macey’s
You’ve probably seen this place many times due to its prime Burnhamthorpe and Mavis location. Macy’s has been around for 17 years, serving some of the city’s most delicious Chinese food. When you first walk in, the place looks a little old school and worn down — but don’t let the interior fool you. The food is good. This place has a huge selection of the Asian noodles they specialize in as well as traditional Cantonese-style dishes at very reasonable prices.
2 - Goldenview
I would have to say this is probably the most hidden Chinese restaurant on this list. If you don’t live in the area, you’re unlikely to know about it. Located on Falconer Drive in Meadowvale is Goldenview Chinese Restaurant, a small dine-in gem that has been around for 40 years. By my calculations, that is one of the oldest Chinese restos in Mississauga! The dine-in area is small and cozy with a bar and table seating. The food is delicious and seasoned perfectly (without being too salty). The prices are also really reasonable.
1 - Perfect Kitchen
Another one that is hidden (lost in the industrial area by Costco on Dundas) is a place that is popular among the regulars. When we got there, it was almost empty. By the time we left, you couldn’t get a seat. Perfect Kitchen, though quaint, is a little fancier in terms of decor. One drawback is that, for some odd reason, they are closed on Wednesdays. Who’s closed Wednesday? I wanted to go on a Wednesday! The food here is absolutely delicious and as you can see by the image, we tried the Taiwanese-style lobster and stuffed crab claws. The service was really friendly even though the resto was busy and the atmosphere was perfect. Bonus tip: this place serves great dim sum on weekends.