“Best Restaurants in Mississauga”

Huffington Post

I’m really excited that I was featured in an article for Huffington Post Canada.

“Best Restaurants in Mississauga:  25 Delicious Spots You Have To Visit”, by Arti Patel, Huffington Post Canada

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/06/10/best-restaurants-in-mississauga_n_10323946.html

I, along with some others contributed to this article in trying to find the best spots to eat in our neck of the woods.  (You will recognize some of the places suggested).

I’ll definitely be using this guide for myself as well since there are a number of places on here that I’ve never tried before and sounds delicious.

So, please have a read and tell me what you think?!

 

 

FOODIE NORTH

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Foodie North just opened their doors!  I’m so happy!  I’ve waited so long for it to open.

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In case readers have not heard of Foodie North, it’s a new Chinese restaurant offering Northern China cuisine.  It is located where Golden Turtle used to be.  Also, Presotea is located inside Foodie North, which is great for the high school kids next door. I love Presotea.

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Foodie North is BEAUTIFUL!  From the beautiful red double doors to the intricately decorated interior.  The window panels to the tables are very intricate, no detail left untouched.  Even the washrooms are beautiful.  Even the menus, and tableware.

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The menu is extensive offering everything from dumplings to soups to seafood to vegetarian; even a nice selection of desserts, and of course bubble tea.  You can see their full menu on their Facebook page.

We knew the dishes would be large so we only ordered two dishes.  We were hoping to order dessert after, but got too full.  Here is what we ordered:

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First, we were presented with a hot pot of tea.  This is not your typical Oolong or Jasmine tea normally offered at Chinese restaurants.  This tea was made of dates and goji berries and flowers and tea leaves, and it was sweetened.

#3003 Steamed Sliced Pork Coated With Glutinous Flour

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There was a photo of this on the menu and it looked good and interesting.  What arrived was a beautiful presentation of eight pieces of fresh steamed bao, and a basket full of sliced pork belly.  The pork belly layed on a few pieces of fresh crispy lettuce, and was lightly coated with a sweet tasting sauce (not too sweet).  We gobbled this down.

Then we had #6013 Yu Shiang Eggplant in Casserole.  This was a mixed dish of eggplant and potato.  It was quite interesting, the potatoes has a crisp to the edges and do I taste a hint of curry overall?  A shiny glaze was drizzled over top. We ate this with a bowl of steamed rice.

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Since we had no more room to order dessert as we originally planned, instead we ordered a bubble tea to take out at the end of our meal.

We arrived at Foodie North at 4:30pm so it wasn’t busy yet.  But as we left at 6:00pm, more and more diners started arriving.  There were basically only two servers, so I do hope more staff came on board after we left. 

I think Foodie needs to coordinate their service a bit, however I don’t think that will be a problem in the coming days or weeks.  We were pretty satisfied with the service despite a few little quirks.

Here are some pictures of the washroom area:

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Update June 13, 2016

We went back for dinner today. Service is still a little weird. They seated all the diners in one corner, then the servers seemed to forget to come back to us to get our orders. Every single table were waving our arms trying to get someone’s attention. They definitely need to improve on attentiveness.

They no longer serve that nice sweet tea. or at least today, we only received a plain tea.

Here are photos of what we ate. Stewed Chicken and Mushroom Soup, Dried Green Beans With Minced Pork, and Mashed Yam With Blueberry Jam.
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Address: Foodie North – 325 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, ON
http://www.foodienorth.ca

Kravingz – Delicious Breakfast in Mississauga

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My daughter and I went for breakfast at Kravingz in the Clarkson area of Mississauga. I believe Kravingz is fairly new and I read some reviews about them, so I had to try it out.
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Kravingz is a cute little bistro-type restaurant with a cool, breezy, theme with an island vibe. The calm and soothing décor reminds me of being on vacation. In fact, it reminds me of being in Santorini, Greece relaxing at a café overlooking the caldera! Even the outside appearance is really cute with the white awning. This type of restaurant would do well in Toronto. So lucky us that the owners of Kravingz decided to set up in Mississauga.

We got there around 9 am and we were the only ones there (which I enjoyed the calmness before it started getting busier). The staff were really easy going and we felt relaxed and not rushed.

We ordered The Islander and Chilaquiles Rancheros

Chilaquiles Rancheros
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My daughter is on a healthy vegan kick, so she ordered a Mexican-based selection, which was almost perfect for her. The Chilaquiles Rancheros – Classic Mexican breakfast on a tortilla with red and green salsa, poached eggs, blackbeans and home fries on the side.
It looked nice, was delicious, and well-made. The sauce was mild but had a subtle kick to it, and tasted great with the home fries dipped into it.

The Islander
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I ordered the Islander –Jerk corned beef hash, corn and cheddar grits and poached eggs.

A modified breakfast version of Jamaican food. Again, very nicely presented and well made. The size appeared small, but trust me, it was filling. This dish also had a kick to it, so for those who can’t eat spicy first thing in the morning, you may want to stay away from this. It wasn’t spicy-spicy, but the zing is there. I really enjoyed my meal.

Service was great. The waitresses were easygoing and nice. The cook even came out to let us know our meal was on the way because he was concerned we were waiting too long. We didn’t wait long at all for our meals, and in fact, we didn’t mind just sitting and relaxing.

1710 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON
http://www.kravingz.ca

Fionn MacCool’s – Not Bad For A Chain Restaurant

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I seem to find the Fionn MacCool’s Restaurant Pub pretty decent for a chain restaurant.  We usually go to the Southdown location, but today we tried the Heartland location since we were in the area and I was starving.   

We chose to sit inside instead of the outdoor patio.  The interior of Fionn MacCool’s at Heartland is very dark, much darker than the Southdown location;  I didn’t like it so dark.  And then with the glare from the outside was blinding.  And the music was quite loud… But I guess you would expect that at a pub. 

Our server came promptly and took our orders.

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We started with the Beet Hummus appetizer, which was quite unique and a good size for two people.  I loved the dried beet chips which I thought were one of a kind.  I’m going to have to try and make beet chips at home!  The amount of Hummus was more then plentiful.  Also included were naan and regular chips.   The naan would’ve been great with just butter. This appetizer was quite tasty and not badly priced at $9.

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For my main course I had the Meatloaf Sandwich with a small Caesar Salad instead of fries.  I know my photo doesn’t do it justice, but my Meatloaf Sandwich was huge; there were two slices of meatloaf stacked ontop of each other. I had to eat the sandwich with a knife and fork because there was no way I could get it in my mouth.  I wasn’t crazy about the toppings on it – cheese, carmalized onions, BBQ sauce.  I would’ve been fine with just gravy or eaten it plain.  Wow, this was so filling I couldn’t even finish my burger. I think the price was around $15.

The service at Fionn MacCool’s, Heartland was great.  Our server was very polite, professional, prompt and non-intrusive.  He seemed to appear at the right moment when we needed drink refills and when our dishes needed to be cleared.  In fact, the service at the other Fionn MacCool’s has also been above average as well.

Address:  Fionn MacCool’s, 825 Britannia Rd. West, Mississauga, ON
http://www.primepubs.com

My Roast Beef Sandwich from Pusateri’s

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This really isn’t a review, but I thought I’d share a photo of my Roast Beef Sandwich purchased at Pusateri’s Sherway Gardens.

This sandwich is sold by the inch, specifically $2.99 per inch.  The roast beef sandwich is one huge long sandwich displayed in the showcase, and when the customer requests the roast beef sandwich, the server will ask ‘how many inches’ you would like and then take the whole thing out of the display and cut your portion. 

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When I purchased my sandwich close to dinner time, there was probably less than 20 inches left of the sandwich.  Not really quite sure how much will make me full, I purchased 3 inches of sandwich.  3 inches was more than plentiful because there was a massive chunk of roast beef that makes up the sandwich (unlike many sandwich places that only give you about two thin slices of meat). I could only eat half my sandwich because it was so filling.  I brought the rest home and ate the leftover for dinner the next day. This roast beef is even real roast beef. And you can actually taste the natural flavours of the meat instead of it being doused with mayonnaise or mustard, etc.

The size of the whole roast beef sandwich was unreal – I’ll have to take a picture of it next time I’m at Pusateri’s.

Address:  Pusateri’s – Inside Saks Fifth Avenue, Sherway Gardens

Corner by Spoon & Fork

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Corner by Spoon & Fork opened a couple of weeks ago, and I happened to find it by driving home along Dundas E.  It’s just west of Dixie Road.  What a great concept in a not very appealing area of Mississauga!

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Corner is from the same company as Spoon & Fork.  Except this concept is a quick, low cost eatery where customers serve themselves.  Sort’ve fast food, but better.  It’s a great place for people dining alone who want to be somewhere better than a fast food joint.

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The inside of Corner is spacious, beautiful and very serene. I’ve visited twice already and I love the relaxing, quiet atmosphere here.  I could just sit here all day!

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The eatery describes itself as Asian fusion, but it’s much more; serving pasta dishes, sandwiches, make your own Asian bowls, Sushi, and even breakfast…at very affordable prices!  I’ll be sure to drop by and try their breakfast next weekend. 

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So, I stopped by twice in a row because I wanted to try a few things on their menu board to get an idea of the Asian dishes and an idea of the quality of the non-Asian dishes.  Also, because as mentioned above I find it very serene and enjoyable just being here.

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The first day I ordered the Mum Bowl where I basically create my own meal.  I chose pad Thai noodles, lemon chicken, four veggies (broccoli, pumpkin, corn, green beans), and I added pad Thai sauce, plus some garnishes.  I added a small mango salad on the side.  To be honest, my concoction didn’t taste good.  It was flavourless (not enough sauce), and I shouldn’t have added the pumpkin as it was too mushy.  Too much mish mash of different stuff. My self-made bowl was a fail.  The mango salad was a winner though – generous serving, fresh, nice punchy dressing.

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I came back today to try the non-asian food and ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese with garlic bread.  Thank goodness I didn’t order a side salad because the serving was plentiful.  The sauce is made in-house and is loaded with meat. I would have to say the taste of the spaghetti meal was decent.  I found the sauce a little on the sweet side, but I can’t complain as the price was very good at only $8.99.

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My $7.49 Eggs Benedict breakfast with free coffee! (Wasn’t crazy about the parsley flakes sprinkled ontop of the hash)

One has to remember the meals offered at Corner by Spoon & Fork is not of high end.  Based on the price point average of $8.99 per meal, it caters to those on a budget or for those in for a quick bite.  It’s only an eatery.  But I have to say the value is very good and I love the whole concept of what Spoon & Fork has created at the other end of the dining spectrum.

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My $7.49 brekky includes coffee…. Sausage is nice and crispy.  I asked for no parsley flakes so I’m very happy with my meal!

My salmon poki bowl.. yum yum!

Address:  Corner by Spoon & Fork – 1225 Dundas St. E. Mississauga
http://www.sfcorner.ca

Bamboo Legend

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Fan asked me to try out Bamboo Legend in Mississauga.  So I did today.  I have always been meaning to try out this place.  I tried going here for dinner a couple of years ago, but it was closed!  I remember at the time thinking that their business hours were a bit strange and how would they make money if they don’t open at peak times.  Anyhow, I guess we ‘lucked out’ tonight. 

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Inside the restaurant is clean, spotless, inviting and comfortable.  I thought it was more inviting and cozy than the expensive Beaumont Kitchen we tried yesterday.

We ordered the Chicken Spring Rolls to start, the Soft Shell Crab Curry, and the Dinner Special in which I will describe in detail below.

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The Chicken Spring Rolls were packed with filling.  The wrap seemed a little thicker or firmer than used other Thai or Vietnamese places.  They did a good job in taking out the excess grease.  The rolls weren’t very flavourful unless we used the sweet chili sauce

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The Soft Shell Crab Curry was a delightful surprise to see on Bamboo Legend’s menu; I have never seen this offered anywhere before.  In the past (and still) I have always been on the search for Singapore Chili Crab, and in which I managed to find out in Richmond Hill.  This soft shell crab will do!  Unlike Singapore Chili Crab which uses Dungeness crab, this delicious dish by Bamboo Legend uses a small soft shell crab.  This is stir fried in Thai golden curry with mixed peppers, onion, carrots, etc.  Yum!

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Above is the Dinner Combo special at $14.99.  On this plate, we have chosen a papaya salad, fish cakes, red curry with chicken.  A caramel custard was included with dessert.  The portion was generous as we shared this combo plus the curry crab above. 

I thought the papaya salad was very mild and could’ve used more punch.  I remember trying an amazing papaya salad at a Thai restaurant in Orlando, and the salad had a lot of zing and cool crispy refreshing taste.

We had a different idea of what the fish cake would be like (think crab cakes).  As it turns out this fish cake is the usual fish paste that can be found in Asian grocery stores. A spicy sauce was included for dipping.

The curry with chicken was quite nice on rice.  The flavour was not overpowering.  My daughter poured her whole bowl of rice into the curry so it appeared to be a rice curry soup… At least she was kind enough to let me take a couple spoonfuls of curry onto my own rice!

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A Caramel Custard was included with the combo.  This custard actually tasted much better than the creme caramel offered at more expensive, non-asian restaurants.

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Of course, we always need to order the Sticky Rice and Mango dessert. This was a very nice serving. I was prepared to receive just a tiny plate enough for one person, but this was more than enough for both of us.  The mango was on the hard side, but always ends up tasting great with the coconut rice.

I’m looking forward to trying the other dishes on the menu!

Address:  Bamboo Legend – 3145 Dundas Street West, Mississauga
http://www.bamboo-legend.com

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