Top 5 Unique Cuisines in Mississauga
Here are 5 unique cuisines you probably didn't know we had in Mississauga in no particular order.
Cuisine: Filipino (Boodle Fight)
Restaurant: Quiapo! Quiapo! Filipino Restaurant
Boodle Fight symbolizes equality among Philippine Military Academy (PMA) members by sharing the same food regardless of rank and it's usually prepared for special occasions. It is a military style of eating where food is presented on top of tables lined with banana leaves and eaten with bare hands -- also known as Kamayan-style, which means "with hands".
There is something liberating about eating with your hands. It's definitely a Filipino tradition to experience.
Quiapo! Quiapo! is the only restaurant in Mississauga that honours Kamayan-style eating by offering three menus of what they've named Budol Fight (to honour the owner's cousin who is a graduate of PMA). You can get the Mighty Meat Budol, breakfast Budol, or seafood Budol.
Seafood Budol - Gising Gising (mixed seafood and vegetables), fried Tilapia (fish), Spicy Hipon (shrimp), Inihaw na Liempo (grilled marinated pork belly), Pork Adobo (pork marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic), Ensaladang Talong (salad of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and onions), Okra, Steamed Rice. Addition: Lumpia Shanghai (Oh so popular Filipino spring rolls)
Restaurant: Las Delicias
Las Delicias is located in a plaza near 5/10 (Dundas and Hurontario) where I spent most of my high school days at Mickeys. As you walk in, you can smell that this is a bakery at heart. They serve everything from empanadas to Buneulos and Pan de Bono to Arepas and Colombian dishes. We ordered two chicken and two beef empanadas and they were absolutely delicious. Their beef and chicken filling was the best tasting and deep-fried to perfection.
Cuisine: Raw Organic
Restaurant: Raw Aura Organic Cuisine
Located in the heart of Port Credit is a restaurant called Raw Aura Organic Cuisine. Raw Aura describes their menu as "familiar, delicious, nutritious and environmentally friendly". Everything on the menu is raw, which means nothing is heated above 43degC. The theory behind raw cuisine is that plant foods, which are natural, are the most wholesome for the body because it retains the digestive enzymes, vitamins and mineral content. You will even find a list of organic wines and, upon request, organic cocktails. Read more>
Cuisine: Malaysian, Indonesian
Restaurant: Lion City
Lion City Restaurant, located in the Golden Square Centre on Central Parkway West off of Burnhamthorpe Rd. It has been a Mississauga staple for over 18 years and is known for serving authentic Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai cuisine. There are about 40+ seats in the resto that boasts Chef Lilian Ow's tasty and lengthy menu that includes meat and curry dishes, seafood, rice and noodle dishes and desserts. Read more>
Cuisine: South Indian
Restaurant: Guru Lukshmi
Guru Lukshmi, the restaurant that the Toronto Star called "the GTA's most passionate dosa makers" was recently renovated and the new look doesn't disappoint. The spacious dosa paradise (for those who don't know, dosas are South Indian crepe-like wraps served plain or with various fillings) now boasts elegant chandeliers and a modern, contemporary black and white palate. Its menu remains extensive, creative and delicious. We tried the savory Sambhar Vada (spiced doughnuts - $5), the spinach (palak) dosa ($9.05) and the Pav Bhaji dosa ($11 or $13 with cheese). All the dishes were pleasantly spicy, filling and overflowing with potatoes, curry, butter and coriander. The portions here are also huge, so come hungry. For an even more authentic South Asian dining experience, end your meal with a masala tea ($2.50). Be warned that, should you GPS this place (it's located right at Derry and McLaughlin), you will be taken to a townhouse that is definitely NOT Guru Lukshmi. Head towards the major plaza off of Derry if your machinery fails you the way mine did.
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