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Best restaurant in Mississauga

Hounds,

We just moved from downtown Toronto to Mississauga and instead of trucking back downtown to enjoy a birthday meal, we thought we'd use this opportunity to scope out some good eats in Mississauga.

Price is no object, and we're willing to drive anywhere in Mississauga. We like ethnic cuisines but we eat Chinese, Korean and Indian all the time, so we'd like to switch it up for this occasion. Any rec's are greatly appreciated!

SuperAngela :)

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  1. We very much enjoy indian food and have, on several occasions, driven from downtown toronto to The Sweet Palace, in a small plaza on Peter Robertson near Torbram. Amazing Thali for lunch, a sweet counter thirty feet long with the best sweets I've seen since India. They do meat dishes also and we are looking forward to returning for dinner in the near future where we can sample some different dishes. Large, extremely clean, pleasant service and very moderate in price. A real winner. We have always been enthusiast s of Brar at Albion and Islington but this restaurant tops Brar. A real treat for Indian Food Lovers.

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    Torbram Restaurant
    7270 Torbram Rd, Mississauga, ON L4T3Y7, CA

    Sweet Palace
    1098 Peter Robertson Boul, Brampton, ON L6R3A5, CA

    1. For some serious portions and very good quality, check out Peter's on Eglinton. Diner type food but really well done. Great smoked meat sandwiches! On Eg between Dixie and Tomken.

      Up Brampton way, you have China Garden on Hurontario and Ray Lawson BLVD----great Hakka.

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      1. re: Brain of J

        +1 for Peters.. Not gourmet fare, and not cheap.. But portions so big the Flintstones would be proud, and generally almost everything I've tried is pretty good too. I like the super pastrami, super smoked meat, and chicken brochette dinners

        1. re: duckdown

          There is no way this is among the best list! Decor is awful! Food too! Sorry not one I'd recommend! Not even to Fred!

          1. re: froglegs

            Dude it's a diner, calm down.. It's not haute cuisine

            1. re: froglegs

              I'm not eating the drapes nor the garish chandeliers! :-)

              1. re: Brain of J

                Just looking at the decor causes me to lose my appetite! :)

              2. re: froglegs

                I agree. Peter's on Eglinton does not serve chowhound-worthy food. I love deli and diners, believe me. But this place is not worth the drive nor the money (it's so expensive!) I had a french onion soup (pretty good) and a smoked meat sandwich (huge) last month. But mediocre or average at best. Old school place that is past its prime.

                I do recommend the quite expensive Bombay Bhel at Hurontario and Eglinton (they don't have a separate lunch menu - be warned) and I also recommend the self-serve sandwich/soup place called Pane e Vino. We made reservations and everyone seemed satisfied with the taste and quality for the price. For self-serve they actually have great service, too, with the manager-looking person coming around to tables to clear and check up.

                I don't recommend the average Pho Mi 99 on Hurontario at Eglinton. Much better Viet food can be had elsewhere though not sure where in Mississauga. Pho Phuong in Toronto is still my favourite.

                1. re: Food Tourist

                  I really like pho mi 99 at burnhamthorpe and centennial awesome.

                  1. re: jiminy

                    There's a Pho Mi 99 right near me that opened up by Shoppers World and I found 2 bone fragments in it on last visit. Plus their spring rolls are quite poor IMO when compared to the other popular places.. I much preferred Pho Dau Bo

                    1. re: duckdown

                      In the same mall, there's a Monforts chicken. It rivals Empire. Actually better, imo.

            2. re: Brain of J

              I've been there once and I can't say I'd want to go back. I don't live in that hood but I hope to heck there are better options than Peter's.

            3. My aunt in Mississauga swears by Rogues. http://roguesrestaurant.com/reshomepg...

              A pretty solid record of good meals and service in our experience.

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              1. re: c.cow

                Michael's Back Door on Lakeshore has always been lovely, and we have enjoyed some great meals at Piatta on Dundas (near Mississauga Road). Both are italian. Via Allegro is technically Etobicoke but very close to Mississauga and I love the food there although I know some on ths board don's share my enthusiasm. Rogues is lovely too. Let us know what you select and give a review!

                1. re: donelikedinner

                  Would not recommend Michael's. Once upon a time it was very good but the last few visits were very disappointing. Poor service and an uninspired menu.

                  My recs would include Rogues and Piatta. You would not go wrong at either one of these.

                  1. re: cynalan

                    Sorry to hear that about Michaels. I confess I have not been there recently, but it still appears as crowded as ever.

                    1. re: donelikedinner

                      Their "signature" dish, the angel hair pasta with lobster, is very good. Nice portion as well.

                2. re: c.cow

                  +1 for Rogues. Excellent menu and service, cozy! It's where I go for my anniversary dinners! :)

                  1. re: c.cow

                    Rogues is delicious, I have never had a bad experience there. Worth checking out.

                  2. We lived in north-west Mississauga for several years before moving to Burlington a couple of years ago. We discovered a little place called Gabriel's Ristorante off Erin Mills Pkwy. just south of 401, ate there several times a year for about five years, and never had a bad meal. Just simple, classy Italian food - pasta and pizza - with reasonable prices, delicious sauces, and good value for money. Mmmm, their fusilli with chicken, gorgonzola and pine nuts still makes me drool when I think about it. :) Don't be put off by the look of the place, though - when you walk in, all you see is the bar and the pool tables... just walk through to the back half of the restaurant and it's like you've entered a whole different building.

                    http://www.gabrielsrestaurant.ca/

                    1. My family and I like the orchard(family restaurant) at dundas and hurontario,the bounty(family restaurant) at dundas west of 427,the golden turtle(vietnamese) at central parkway and confederation,bombay bhell(east Indian)hurontario and eglinton or dundas west of winstonchurchill,wasabi buffet at hurontario and courtney park,mandarin(their head office) in brampton beside costco,amore mediterranean cuisine(great chicken parmigiana)at dundas and erindale station,tandoori flame(Indian buffet)at dixie and orenda brampton,summit for dim sum at dundas and winstonchurchill and like another poster suggested peters on eglinton.
                      We haven't tried any korean in mississauga,one of our friends took us to a place in the dvp/steeles area which had all you can eat koren BBQ which you cook yourself at your table which was excellent,but I don't know the name of the place.There is also an Indian restaurant on hurontario between britannia and bristol which my Indian co-workers really like(I have to ask them what the name of the place is).

                      ninja5ca

                      1. It's hilarious, it's nearly the time for my birthday, and doing a general search I found my own post I did nearly a year ago. I haven't had a chance to scope out many of these options listed below, however I do see that many resto's listed here are on other Mississauga posts as well so I'll definitely have to make a point to eat there sometime soon.

                        Sadly, we haven't found our "best hands-down go to spot" yet in 'sauga other than our pho place, our sushi place, our Korean place and our Chinese place. We're getting Asian'd out! :p

                        I'm trying to find a place that would compare to the feeling of a Biff's, Cava or a Terroni's....a neighborhood gem that isn't necessarily a cheap eats, but a nicer place to really enjoy a plate of food, have a glass of wine and chill.

                        Anyone else been to this Gabriel's?

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                        Cava
                        1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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                        1. re: superangela

                          Went to Gabriel's a couple weeks back and it was great......really enjoyed the funghi pasta.....
                          A lot of people I work with also love the place and our repeat patrons....

                          1. re: superangela

                            I've been to Gabriel's for lunch. They're quick, casual and simple. THey're not making the pasta in house, but it's well above what you'd get at an Olive Garden.

                            1. re: superangela

                              Hi Superangela,
                              I know this is really late and hope you see this, but I'm curious as to what your 'go-to' places are for your pho, sushi, korean and chinese in sauga? I used to live in the port credit area and still visit from time to time and would definitely make the trek out to good spots in Sauga. In the past I always enjoyed Pho Dau Bo and Miga for Korean. I never did find a good Chinese place. There was also this amazing food court in an older mall plaza near the corner of dundas and hurontario, that although fine dining it was not, had really good mom and pops style places for north indian cuisine, jamaican and korean. It made great takeout for a quick meal, but again, awhiles ago so cannot speak for it now.

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                              Miga Restaurant
                              399 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P1Y3, CA

                              1. re: Solstise

                                Hey Solstise!
                                Wow-I see that I'm over a year late for a reponse to you! Apologies.

                                Pho: Pho Mi 99 on Latimer in that food plaza near Hockey Life. I find the broth the cleanest tasting, and the meat most tender.

                                Sushi: Hinote on Bristol. The rolls are fit for giants, and are definitely not authentic, but still tasty. We usually share a medium sushi/sashimi boat and it's plenty for two.

                                Dim Sum: Sam Woo BBQ. The main reason is because Emerald is a zoo on the week-end and we just don't have the energy to fight. At Sam Woo we rarely have to wait for a table on a Sunday morning. However, the dim sum is fresh, steamed to order, and you can add a plate of bbq pork to boot!

                                Korean: Haven't found one we LOVE LOVE LOVE, but Seoul House behind Square one on Enfield is quite good and I think the same as the one on Dufferin near Yorkdale. I usually get a soup/stew, and my husband gets the Kalbi.

                                Indian: Bombay Bhel on Hurontario. YUMMY. I get the Chicken Thali and it's so filling. You get a variety of food on the thali and it tastes amazing all together.

                                Hope this helps!

                            2. I will let you in on the best kept secret in Mississauga - Apricot Tree Cafe. It's on Dundas St, in the same little plaza as Rogues & Rosewood Bistro, right next to Starbucks. I've been going there for more than 10 years, & it still amazes me that not many people know of it and that it wasn't mentioned in this thread. Its a very quaint place, with mismatched furniture, an open kitchen & to-die-for food. And all very very reasonably priced. An entree with a dessert should come to a little over $20, which is amazing for the taste, quality & freshness of the food.

                              They are open Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch & dinner. For lunch, I would suggest their Shrimp Flatbread. For dinner, if you want something from the menu, I would suggest either the Wiener Schnitzel or Chicken Terragon pasta (also can be made in a crepe instead). Do not be fooled by their small menu, because the reason I go to Apricot Tree is for their specials. There specials change daily for lunch & dinner. There are 5 specials to choose from: soup, warm salad, pasta, crepe & usually 2 choices for entree. I always get a special & I am never disappointed.

                              Also, be sure to leave room for dessert, as the owner of this cafe, Franz, is a God. They have a seasonal dessert - the pumpkin cheesecake, that has become the cake I order from them every Thanksgiving. Another good choice is the Toblerone triple chcolate mousse cake. For dessert, there are are a number of selections from a menu, plus a lot of cakes in the display area to chhose from.

                              Go there & you will NOT be disappointed.

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                              Apricot Tree
                              1900 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5K1P9, CA

                              Rosewood Bistro
                              1900 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5K, CA

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                              1. re: scuba89

                                It's a "nice" enough place for lunch or coffee and cake or pastries but a bit short of the life-changing experience you describe. Haven't been as often since the Vintages store folded this summer but it always delivered a pleasant sort of retro vibe.

                                1. re: scuba89

                                  I was recently at the AT for dessert. It was good, but I wasn't disappointed that none of the items that were on their online menu were available; just whatever was in the glass showcase.

                                  1. re: Brain of J

                                    Like scuba89, I've been going to the Apricot Tree for a long time too and it's easily tops in Mississauga. Not having dessert items available indirectly speaks to AT's quality. Franz makes all the restaurant's desserts and ice cream himself and has a repertoire that would make your head spin. AT's menu is awesome because it's driven by product quality not quantity. If you want all items all the time, check out your local chain restaurant.

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                                    Apricot Tree
                                    1900 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5K1P9, CA

                                  2. re: scuba89

                                    Good review scuba. I'm a Franz fan as well.

                                    I don't know what it is, but nothing beats a fresh dark chocolate-raspberry muffin on a Saturday morning.

                                    If you want to order a specific dessert item off the menu just call him a day or two ahead. He's always willingly obliged for me.
                                    I've tried many of the items on that menu and the pyramid cake, tortes and some mousses are easily tops in Mississauga. All delicately prepared and crafted using quality products.

                                    1. re: pakmode

                                      How good is the food from the Fox n' the Fiddle? anyone?

                                    2. re: scuba89

                                      Been to Apricot Tree twice, most recently in January 2012. Consistent, slightly interesting, slightly above average food, great for the price and the only interesting place to eat in that area other than Miga korean bbq.

                                      Five Guys Burger and fries however is quite mediocre.

                                    3. IL Pescatore Ristorante in Port Credit, get the Chef's tasting menu. I did have one "loud" experience, so might try for the corner table next time.

                                      Haven't been to Rogues for ages, but it was always good. The other old classic is the Cherry Hill House.

                                      I haven't has great ethnic success in Mississauga, I don't mind Shish Mahal for Indian.

                                      p.s. Ignore all recommendations to Apricot Tree, tried it out with my family based on many positive reviews, it was mediocre and worse. Stick with the snob reviews.

                                      1. I am a fan of the HIP restaurants, well at least west 50 and ten wine bar, wasn't so impressed with on the curve, tastey food at reasonable prices. For indian I love Bombay Bhell, I love Pho 99 on grand park is always good, Chez Viet has always been good.

                                        1. Here is my choice of a few good spots in Mississauga.
                                          Saucy in Streetsville, great food, a little bit of everything, pasta's salads
                                          For Indian, only 2. Nirvana - Brittania & Hwy. 10 or Bombay Bhel - Eglinton Hwy. 10 this location is the best in Mississauga. Nirvana is preferred.
                                          For a good Diner - Bobby's Hideaway in Streetsville.
                                          I agree Gabriel's is great as well.
                                          Will have to try Rogues.
                                          Rosewwod Bistro has got a great Tomato Soup

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                                          Bobby's Hideaway
                                          20 Queen St N, Mississauga, ON L5N1A1, CA

                                          1. There are two superior new bistros in Mississauga that already show much promise of becoming title contenders once they iron out minor post-opening challenges. Initial visits provided better experiences than our last visits at Rogues and Michael's.

                                            Bistro Narra on Winston Churchill at Thomas is an Apricot Tree spin-off. It's contemporary and stylish with an aggressively cosmopolitan menu that's well executed. They get high marks for both food and service quality. The chicken crepe was best-in-class awesome. Naturally, desserts are a strength.

                                            Bistro Chezanne in the center of Streetsville at the cenotaph is a classy French café-bistro with all the typical menu items, right down to frogs legs. It will likely become our replacement for the late Aggi Martin. Very competent cooking and service. Wine by the glass is served in Spiegelau glasses that really are flavor enhancers. For dessert, don't miss Chef Anne Marie Ellis's stellar Tarte Tatin a la Mode ($6) with it's light drizzle of freshly made caramel sauce.

                                            More details to follow on both restaurants after subsequent evaluations.

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                                            1. re: iamafoodie

                                              I agree re Chezanne. The prix fixe lunch was perfect with quiche and salad, tarte tatin a la mode and a glass of wine for $18. Service was excellent and we heard about the plans for a patio - IF ever there is a summer here!!!

                                              1. re: LoN

                                                There is something seriously wrong here if we are talking about Rogues and Piatto on the same page as the Orchard and Peter's on Eglinton.

                                                I think the OP said something nice and price wasn't an issue...!

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                                                Piatto
                                                1646 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5C1E6, CA

                                                1. re: kingsway

                                                  Just over the mississauga border is Ritorno.. Trafalgar Dundas in the plaza.. Easily missed as exterior is just plain, but step thru the door the smells are amazing. Super busy on weekends. Excellent home made italian, osso bucco, pasta, antipasti etc. Nice wine choices as well and prices reasonable. Staff excellent as well.
                                                  Worth the extra 5 mins into oakville.

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                                                  Ritorno
                                                  261 Oak Walk Dr, Oakville, ON L6H6M3, CA

                                              2. re: iamafoodie

                                                I too agree with Chezanne, consistently good. Only one complaint, they serve powdered iced tea. Chef Anne needs to fix this. It cheapens the restaurant.

                                                I've been to Michael's Backdoor with my husband and enjoyed the veal and seafood pasta.

                                                I would recommend JJ Thai at Streetsville as well, excellent ambiance and great japanese food.

                                                Might want to try Alioli by Square One, great Italian food and great wine list. I would also recommend Fiamma although not quite in Mississauga it is close enough in Etobicoke.

                                                Great seafood restaurant is Lucy's not fancy but great fish.

                                                1. re: chiqchiq

                                                  I just wanted to note that Bistro Chezanne unfortunately closed and nothing has popped up to replace it. The only thing I hear positive about Streetsville is Mondello. It sounds like with a change of menu and focus, they're providing great service with good Italian food.

                                              3. Friends of mine have gone to Breakwater at Port Credit, and they say that it's very good - expensive, but good. The service, I remember they described it at 'hotel-like', so I'm assuming that's good. And I think their most memorable dish was the foie gras.
                                                I still have to check it out though.

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                                                1. re: frostie

                                                  Breakwater is in a hotel, so hotel service would make sense...average food, attentive service, good california wine selection....

                                                2. Great to see this thread still going.

                                                  Bistro Chezanne - hit and miss. We've tried twice and at least one of our orders was either wrong altogether, or was sent back. Loved to see a French place in Miss, but I won't be back.

                                                  Rogues is a classic.
                                                  Rosewood Bistro has some good food, but service is lacking.
                                                  Ritorno in Oakville is good, but if you've gone that far, you have to try 7 Pizzeria Enoteca on Lakeshore. They shipped their oven in from Naples.

                                                  If you're still looking for something like Biff's/Cava/Terroni's, try further west at Jonathan's, Plank (opening on Bronte) and again, 7 Pizzeria Enoteca - easily the best thin crust pizzas you'll find anywhere...in Ontario.

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                                                  1. re: slimmer1972

                                                    just got an email today and it looks like this one didn't survive. Chezanne has closed.

                                                    I've heard about Lago being good at Port Credit.

                                                    is enoteca connected to the location downtown?

                                                    1. re: slimmer1972

                                                      I wouldn't recommend 7 Enoteca from my recent experience. The pizza dough was underdone (a pale blonde colour with no char) and just too gummy compared to Pizza e Pazzi. They're also really cheap on the toppings. I get it that it's an artisan pizza and not pizza nova but only getting 1 and a half grape tomatos for the entire pizza is laughable. Pizza e Pazzi at least gave 1 grape tomato per quadrant! Also, I found the service to be horrendous. I ordered a cold salad and pizza... this took 2 hours and 15 minutes from the moment I sat down to the point I ordered. It was waaay too slow. The pizza took maybe only 4 minutes to cook in their oven.

                                                      1. re: slimmer1972

                                                        Agreed with 7 Enoteca! I go there at least twice a month, whenever I'm craving a delicious Neapolitan pizza.. I tried going there this week but they were closed for renovations - I'm estimating for another week or so.
                                                        The service is always wonderful there, very attentive and friendly - the only thing I'm not a fan of is that the door never seems to fully close, so it can get quite chilly if you are seated near the entrance.

                                                        Another good Italian option would be Salvatore's, which recently opened, not too far from 7 Enoteca - the staff there are also very attentive and amusing, and they have superb pastas! Great portions and great value.

                                                      2. Bombay Bhel is crap sorry to say and I'm Indian. I had to reply even though this is an old post because its literally a rip-off. I can name several cheaper and better places to get your curry fix.

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                                                        1. re: AhadSQ

                                                          Other than in Brampton?
                                                          Please advise where, and thank you.

                                                          1. re: iamafoodie

                                                            Bukhara at Burnhampthrope and Creditview

                                                            BBQ Tonight Hurontario and Dundads

                                                            Karachi Kitchen-Dixie Rd (only takeout)

                                                            Tandori Time-Wolfdale and Burnhamthrope
                                                            If you want recomendations of what to eat just let me know, id be more than happy to tell.

                                                            1. re: AhadSQ

                                                              Thank you. I would appreciate your guidance in what you have discovered those restaurants do particularly well, except Vandaloo. Happy eating.

                                                        2. For Chinese Cuisine, the meal I had at 'The Grand' inside the Double Tree, Dixon Road was very good by 'west end' standard! Definitely worth a visit if you live in the area.

                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886383

                                                          1. Anybody have any idea what is going on with this Goodfellas Wood Burning pizza in Streetsville? These guys most be totally incompetent, its been "coming soon" for over a year now.

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                                                            1. re: duckdown

                                                              It's puzzled me, too. Drive past it a couple times/week and concluded it's that corner's bad ju-ju that's killed yet another bar/resto. Asked my barber across the street who says he gets a different story every time he asks.

                                                              1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                Sigh, I should have known. Guess its never going to open at all then.

                                                                Who signs a lease for the place and starts sinking money into it just to walk away before even opening? Bunch of bozos. Probably doomed from the get go seeing that they never answered any of the messages or answered anything on social media at all either, which goes a long way in this day and age..

                                                                I also noticed on my last visit to Chef's Door in Streetsville that the quality and portions have gone down, as well as having a massive fly infestation inside the place.. Turned me right off. Damn it, Streetsville

                                                                1. re: duckdown

                                                                  Thanks for the heads up. I guess I'll stick to Pita Nutso. I've heard Mondello is pretty good and there's a decent homey bakery that has pretty good butter tarts and squares. Other than that it is a wasteland.

                                                              2. re: duckdown

                                                                I went in the other day thinking they were open. Told by the guy setting up the POS system they should be live by some time next week. Let's see.

                                                                1. re: AhadSQ

                                                                  Shocking, it's FINALLY almost ready..

                                                                  Thanks for the tip, haven't been out there in some time

                                                                  1. re: duckdown

                                                                    Of course, I'm most likely gonna try it when it opens since I live so close. I'll post my review of it to let you and everyone else know to see if it's worth the trip.

                                                                    1. re: AhadSQ

                                                                      I got the same line a few days ago. Interior was sorta finished and kitchen gear was still being futzed with.

                                                                      It's going to have be something special. So many have crashed and burned on that corner. Bad feng-shui/ju-ju?

                                                                      1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                        It's like that corner of Dundas and Hwy10 where Cagney's used to be, and corner of Erindale and Dundas...those restaurants have never survived.

                                                                        1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                          Yea haha that particular spot has some luck to it. Let's see how these guys do, it took them long enough to build. Word on the street is that they have sponsored a chef from Italy.

                                                                      2. re: duckdown

                                                                        FYI - It opened tonight. I follow a site that captures various Mississauga food mentions and they had some nice pictures of the place.

                                                                        I believe this is the source of the pictures. NOT my site... the pizza doesn't look too bad. Far better than the pitiful pale pizza I got from 7 in Oakville. I still can't believe I paid that much for it.

                                                                        http://olivetoeat.com/wp-content/uplo...

                                                                        http://olivetoeat.com/?p=2018

                                                                        1. re: Nevy

                                                                          Good tip, thank you! I too had an awful experience at 7, but it was the service, not the food so much. The "waiter" who served us was among the rudest, and pushiest, we have ever encountered

                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                            Just a heads up they don't take reservations.

                                                                          2. re: duckdown

                                                                            Just to update that goodfellas opened this Wednesday and we managed to eat there last night. They did an awesome job on the renos. Still needs some tweaking on the service but understandably it's their 2nd day. The owner compensated with a round of limoncello.

                                                                            as expected pizza was great. Crust was thin and awesome! Only complaint is they don't have a lot of choices. Not much meat topping options. My husband went for the prosciutto and arugula and I went for grilled vegetables. I liked his better. Its a small menu. Not much pasta option which is good coz it'll give si andiamo safe for competition. Will definitely go back.

                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                            1. re: chiqchiq

                                                                              Thank you for the pictures and review! Their online site isn't up STILL and so I wasn't sure if they had a vegetarian pizza (my daughter eats these like no tomorrow). When you say they have a small menu... how small is small?

                                                                              The pizza looks great especially the 2nd picture... love the char spots on the crust. It's much better than the 7 in Oakville.

                                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                                If im correct there were only about 6 or 7 pizza choices. Only 2 had meat and 2 with seafood. 1 of those "seafood" is a napoli pizza with anchocies and olives. Abt 5 pastas and i saw the table beside with what seem to be lamb could be veal chop. It's all about the crust here. It was great. Not sure how old ur dtr is but fyi, they also don't have high chairs. My 15mth old happily sat on my lap and chomped quietly on his pizza. They seem to be big on their dried meats coz they have a glass window showing them off so im assuming the prosciutto was house made. It was great prosciutto not too salty.

                                                                                I think they are going into the grass roots Italian where its more abt the ingredients and not the show. I can appreciate.

                                                                                1. re: chiqchiq

                                                                                  I think this restaurant was just added to my list of places to try in Mississauga :)

                                                                                  Thank you for the recommendation! I too enjoy a good pizza that has a lovely chewy but well char spotted crust. So I would be looking forward to this. How are the prices? I'm hoping they're not astronomical like Saucy's.

                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                    nope...our bill came up to about $97 with 15% tip and we had:

                                                                                    arancini, 2 pizzas, I glass of red wine, a cannolli (came in 3small pieces), an espresso and capuccino.

                                                                                    the pizzas were max $20

                                                                        2. re: duckdown

                                                                          I have to say that I don't think it's an issue of incompetence. Its gotta be someone who can afford to do the renos they've done, continue paying rent without any revenues. I tell u though, seeing that pizza oven that looks like it prob costed them 10s of thousands of $$$ it's probably gonna be a pretty damn good pizza.

                                                                          1. re: chiqchiq

                                                                            In some cases the tenant is given a tenants allowance which gives them a certain grace period of free rent. Knowing how bad that location is the land lord probably gave them a few months of free rent.

                                                                        3. I'm a big fan of Twin Fish Thai at Courtneypark and Hurontario. Going to try next door Helmand Kebab this week and will report back on the Afghan food there. Hinote sushi is probably the best Japanese in Mississauga now.

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                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                            I like Twin Fish too but I've noticed striking similarities in the menu and the dishes from the JJ Thai & Spoon and Fork group of restaurants.

                                                                            I truly believe Twin Fish is part of this chain of restaurants, or at the very least was started by people who used to be involved

                                                                            Someone told me Helmand Kabob isn't nearly as good as Pamier or Bamiyan.. But I haven't compared personally.

                                                                            There's also another Afghani place called Watan Kabob tucked away in a plaza near Hurontario and Matheson. Anyone know anything about it?

                                                                            1. re: duckdown

                                                                              Helmand was terrific. Had the spicy chaplee kabob and naan and salad. Plus a yogurt drink called dogh, but it tasted like goat dairy which I detest, so I only had a few sips.
                                                                              http://www.helmandkabob.ca/helmand/me...

                                                                              The lady behind the counter insists that they do a fabulous pizza - "spicy like with Tandoori chicken on it".

                                                                              1. re: duckdown

                                                                                I went to Watan Kabob today and I can happily say I left full and happy. I ordered a chicken breast kabob instead of the tandoori one chicken because the last time I ordered the spicy version, my tongue was singed. The portion is huge... I will warn anyone coming here about the size. The platter was enormous and one entire side was filled with salad and the other was filled with rice. The also included a large afghan bread as well in addition to all this!

                                                                                The chicken itself was freshly made as I placed my order. None of this reheating stuff that other places are doing. Since they make things to order, it can take a long time. I got mine in under than 10 minutes but my friend who ordered nearly 5 minutes after me had her come in almost 15 minutes after she ordered since it was a near zoo by the time noon arrived. This place gets packed quickly and I can see why.

                                                                                The meat was really nicely seasoned and like the salad and rice, the portion was quite large. I would say it's like the size of 2 medium sized chicken breasts for the order. There was nice charred bits on the chicken. The chicken wasn't over done and still fairly moist. They could have taken the chicken off the grill probably a minute earlier and it would have been better but considering they had like 20 orders on the go during the lunch time frame, it was pretty darn good.

                                                                                The place is clean, service is polite, food plentiful, and the price... affordable! The entire platter was only $10 and some change. I'm returning to try the other dishes like tandoori and the fish dinner.

                                                                                1. re: Nevy

                                                                                  Uh, this is so weird, I just got home from Watan Kabob! I was shopping for stuff for dinner (my night to cook for the Mrs) at Highland Farms and decided to go grab take out from Watan Kabob. Got the tandoori chicken dinner to go (comes with rice, naan bread, and a garden salad).

                                                                                  Just having my first bites now at the PC, that's some coincidence!

                                                                                  They seem to forgot the salad dressing on my salad which sucks, unless this little container of white sauce is the salad dressing?

                                                                                  Also, the food took fucking forever, over 20 minutes in a pretty empty store, only a few other patrons

                                                                                  1. re: duckdown

                                                                                    That white sauce can be used either for the salad or a dip for the chicken. Or even both lol

                                                                                  2. re: Nevy

                                                                                    weird, it double posted there for some reason

                                                                                    ok it's a ton of food, i'm a fat dude and even for me it had me tapping out.. Watan's tandoori chicken was the spiciest out of Pamier, Bamiyan, and any other place I've tried so far. larger portion of meat for sure too vs. Pamier Kabob up the street

                                                                                    naan bread, probably the worst of Pamier & Bamiyan though, was a big flat dried out, crispy lump. and they totally forgot the salad dressing on the side salad so it was just a big boring box of iceberg lettuce and chopped unripe tomatoes

                                                                                    Overall though, just for the meat and rice alone, I'd recommend it . Good stuff

                                                                                    1. re: Nevy

                                                                                      We tried Watan about 5-6 months ago and I agree, big portion of chicken breast and really tasty! It was empty when we went and it took awhile for our order to come.

                                                                                      But if you want to try another place, try Kandahar Kabob and get the regular chicken dinner, not the chicken breast. It is so delicious and the best part, really juicy! I work close by so I get that for takeout about once every two weeks. It's not as busy as Bamiyan (which is across the street from this place). They also have a kids menu (pizza) and ice cream for dessert.

                                                                                      Out of all the Afghan kabob places in Mississauga (Bamiyan, Pamier, Watan and Kandahar) they are the only ones to have regular chicken while the other places only have chicken breast. Unless someone can point out otherwise. :)

                                                                                      Need to try Helmand next!

                                                                                  3. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                    Hinote? Run-of the-mill and nothing special. sorry.

                                                                                    1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                      Interesting and actually kind of relieved to hear that perspective on it. The place gets tons of praise on this and other forums, but the only time I ever tried going there we walked out the door after hearing it was a 1 hour wait and haven't returned.. Hopefully we aren't missing much

                                                                                      1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                        I'd even add to say its over priced run of the mill Japanese food with extremely poor service. My one and only time there had us wait 25 minutes for the menu (repeatedly asked), 45 minutes between pre- made salad and soup, and another 25 minutes for the bill .

                                                                                        1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                          Who has better Japanese in Mississauga?

                                                                                          I'm still reeling from the great loss of Kumai, which I thought was heads above all the rest.

                                                                                          The fact is, we still need to know who serves the best sushi fish in Mississauga now.

                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                            I have to agree that Kumai served the freshest fish with the widest selection. I loved their King Salmon appetizer and home made fish cakes with real chunks of octopus and squid. Their serving of Portuguese Saba was do delicious. Their price point and service made them a hard sell for the neighbourhood.

                                                                                            Sadly I never found another place that tried to serve sushi with that level of quality in Mississauga.

                                                                                          2. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                            Hinote still switches up thawed mush/fresh--their M.O. since opening--which is the reason I dislike the place.

                                                                                            I loved Kumai but only at off hours. The lunch rush ran 'em ragged and left many with the unfortunate impression they weren't up to scratch.That location funneled too many customers their way who wanted cheap and fast.

                                                                                            Frankly, I'm burned out on the same-old "meh" stuff. I get carried into Kumai a couple times every year and that more than suffices.

                                                                                            1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                              Do you mean the "new" location in Markham called Mifune? Isn't that also closed down?

                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                No clue. Knew they moved east after shuttering the old Kumai on Hurontario.

                                                                                                Meant "Kaji" in my previous post.

                                                                                        2. I know lots of people joke that Mississauga has no great or even good restaurants. On a superficial quick glance, there isn't a lot that competes at the same level of Toronto restaurants BUT there are gems to be found and some wonderful ethnic comfort foods. They may not have great atmosphere but the owners have great pride in making great tasting food.

                                                                                          There are 3 restaurants that I think can be compared to other great restaurants in other parts of the GTA.

                                                                                          The Grand at Double Tree Hotel. I know RH and Markham has a clear edge on dim sum but I think this restaurant has some worthy dishes to be tried by everyone. Their egg tart, thousand layer pastry, the steamed grouper in the rice roll, and BBQ pork bun are very good. I even believe one of their vegetarian dishes earned some national recognition recently (I think Charles Yu was one if the judges ).

                                                                                          Zen Gardens is a vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Compared to other restaurants around the city, this place respects the vegetable and subtle flavours. They don't heavily sauce with excess soy , sugar, or other oily mixtures to their dishes . Their veggie nuggets, king mushroom, and veggie dim sum are well seasoned and cooked.

                                                                                          Guru lukshmi is more of my departments rec because I'm not an Indian cuisine expert. They all swear this is the most authentic and best tasting Dosa outside of India. For really reasonable prices, you get crispy giant dosa that are filled with a huge flavour burst. I like it spicy and the spicy ones have a great kick without burning your tongue. The wait can be brutal so I guess that's s testament to how good it is.

                                                                                          As for good solid meals, there are plenty to find if you know where to look . I wouldn't rate these as being a must try for GTA or a destination spot but I've eaten at these places quite happily 5+ times in the past few years.

                                                                                          Bistro Narra - One of the few places I go to when I want good that isn't Asian. Great in house made desserts (their sister restaurant Apricot Tree cafe makes some of it ). I really like the brunches here too
                                                                                          Apricot Tree Cafe - Best desserts in the city . Their cheesecake is very good and I really like their torte as well

                                                                                          Lion City - I think this is the only Singaporean restaurant in GTA West. Thankfully it's quite good as well. Ignore their Thai menu and you'll do well. I personally like the deep fried chicken with shrimp paste and the grilled fish in banana leaf.

                                                                                          Macey's - this place is an old school Cantonese HK style restaurant. The owners are great and the food is never pre made. They also have awesome snacks like the deep fried bread wrapped in rice roll . Generous portions compared to others.

                                                                                          Buk Chang Song Tofu - For $10, you will out stuffed and happy. Pork bone soup that is incredibly flavourful with freshly made silken tofu is perfect for the winter time.

                                                                                          Dai Ichi Sushi - this is slightly better than all Japanese Mississauga restaurants. It's not imaginative but you have kind and thoughtful service with solid dishes . It's more of a Korean restaurant but their cooked dishes are good and the sushi is fresh and good value. Personally, my 2 favourite GTA Japanese restaurant are in Brampton.

                                                                                          French Corner Bakery - Croissants and other pastries are better than the average Mississauga selection. They have seasonal offerings like Hot Cross buns during Easter and they're pretty good.

                                                                                          Avani - it's not authentic Indian food but I like their updated version. Their tandoori cook is pretty amazing. You get nice charred crunchy bits on the chicken but it's moist inside . The fish tandoori is good as well . The only hesitant item with this place is the price tag. It'd pricey.

                                                                                          Twin Fish - the owner really cares about her business. She spoke to me about how we liked our dishes and even proactively asked how to get better. They do their shrimp and fish well.

                                                                                          Nannu Pastizzi - I never tried Maltese food before here but I really like this place. The owners are warm and caring . The food is really tasty. I like the curry pea Pastizzi and my friend likes their veal sandwich.

                                                                                          Baklava King - ever since going to Dubai, I'm always on the look out for great Baklava and this place is the best in central and GTA west. Owners are very personable and everything is super crispy instead of heavy and cloying .

                                                                                          El Sombrero - I would say this Tex Mex place reminds me of the good Tex Mex I had while I lived in Dallas. The owners on the Hurontario site are very nice and the make everything to order.

                                                                                          Lazio Italian Bakery - Really good bread here... Hot plate choices are decent. Service is fast but can be haphazard

                                                                                          Molisana Bakery - Italian hot plate restaurant with the best pan pizza in Mississauga. Loaded up in toppings, it's my childhood pizza but better. Veal sandwich is ok

                                                                                          Mickeys Pizza - ridiculously long wait but the owner is passionate on you getting the best he can make. I don't get it often as I can't wait 45 mins. + for a pizza. I'll admit it's pretty tasty

                                                                                          Kate Town Talk Bakery - I'm not a butter tart experts but these are a pretty good rendition . My friend says they're not traditional but she liked them because they're fresh, local , and tasty.

                                                                                          I figure I'd list my best of Mississauga here instead of the thread that says chain restaurants are horrible in GTA.

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                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                            I second Kate's Town Talk--the butter tarts have a thin crust (which I prefer) and the filling is like gooey taffy around the edge. Yum!

                                                                                            1. re: Wiley1

                                                                                              I like their butter tarts too. That's definitely the best of their offerings though, have tried some other stuff from there and they're very boring.. Snickerdoodle cookies, personal sized apple pies, etc. were all just average

                                                                                          2. I have a few I can attest to:

                                                                                            Dimsum: Summit Garden on Dundas/Winston Churchill, great selection and service. Go early coz it gets packed.

                                                                                            Seafood: Lucy's on Millcreek/Aquitaine, they've recently renovated and the place looks great but the menu remains the same and still great seafood. Try sum-sum on Sundays. You can order smaller portions of a ton of stuff for a cheaper price. They're also keen on changing sauces and cooking style based on your liking.

                                                                                            Breakfast: Skyway Jacks in Streetsville, quick great and cheap. Never failed us. They are consistent. You may even see Mayor Hazel there for brekky once in awhile.

                                                                                            Italian: Si Andiamo, small place in Streetsville with great pasta and service, reasonably priced. They're not italian but they make pretty good italian food!

                                                                                            Burgers: Burger Factory on Dixie/Eglinton, checked it out after reading a blog and it turned out to be pretty good. Urban Social Eatery on Financial Drive, it's newer, tried it last week, surprisingly cheap burgers for a sit down place, awesome service and burgers all house made.

                                                                                            Greek: Astoria on Dundas and Collosus in Port Credit, Astoria has larger portions and by far makes the best Pork Souvlaki; Collossus makes pretty mean lamb chops.

                                                                                            Korean: Owl of Minerva on Burnhamthorpe/Creditview. Awesome Pork Bone soup.

                                                                                            I'm sure I'm missing a ton and will have to go back in here to update as I try new places.

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                                                                                            1. re: chiqchiq

                                                                                              I've had some lacklustre experience at both Summit Gardens and Owl of Minerva. When did you go? Perhaps they've improved since we stop going to them?

                                                                                              I find Summit Gardens dimsum dumpling skins to be gummy and their meats to be too chewy from being oversteamed or held in the warmers too long. The last time we went the pork steam buns were pretty dreadful as well... they were too chewy from fat instead of meat. I know it's one of the few dim sum places in the Mississauga area. There's a better place nearby that same corner... it's not as pretty as Summit Gardens but I find their dim sum to be fresher and tastier (and better value!). It's called My Perfect Kitchen. It's smaller and gets filled up faster than Summit Gardens.

                                                                                              The last time I went to Owl of Minerva, it was early this year and what a horrible experience. It wasn't the food but the excruciating poor service. Food tossed onto the table so a quarter of the soup went onto the table. The purposefully blind eye to your attempts to get a refill of tea. The 40 minute wait for food... I could go on. In terms of taste, it wasn't bad but I would never go back because of the service.

                                                                                              1. re: chiqchiq

                                                                                                Union Social Eatery, not Urban Social :) And yeah they've got a good burger, I'd agree. Just gotta go when it's not filled with noisy office workers from the surrounding area

                                                                                                We know the owners of Andiamo too, it's a solid inexpensive place prepared by non-Italians but still pretty decent

                                                                                                And couldn't agree more about Astoria, we love it! Great grilled calamari too

                                                                                                1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                  Looks like I need to visit Astoria! I love grilled calamari and I've been trying to find a good place that serves it in Mississauga.

                                                                                                  My list of places to try in Mississauga is slowly growing. Astoria, Watan Kabob, Chilli Chicken, Seasons Boulangerie, and this crazy streetsville pizza place if it ever opens.

                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                    Which Chilli Chicken are you referring to? Chili chicken house or is there a restaurant named Chili Chicken?

                                                                                                    1. re: AhadSQ

                                                                                                      You're right about the name ... it's Chili Chicken House. Supposedly it's pretty good for Hakka cuisine. I guess I can also add the new AYCE India place, Tandoori Flame in Mississauga. I remember the Brampton being pretty good a few years ago.

                                                                                                      1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                        I went to Chilli Chicken house and I must say I was amazed at how good it was. I definitely recommend you try it out.

                                                                                                        1. re: AhadSQ

                                                                                                          Glad to hear you thought it was great :) What did you end up getting?

                                                                                                          1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                            I got the Chilli Chicken and I believe Szechuan Chicken. Ask them what the Szechuan Chicken is spiced with Ginger and Coriander. I recommend you try that over the Chili Chicken it was quite amazing.

                                                                                                    2. re: Nevy

                                                                                                      I drove by Goodfellas in Streetsville yesterday and saw customers at the tables by the front window.

                                                                                                        1. re: iamafoodie

                                                                                                          Saw that too. Apparently they're just friends of the owner.

                                                                                                      1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                        I love that this forum is alive again! I'm always looking for a good spot in Sauga. I think we have a lot of gems in Sauga it just needs to be highlighted.

                                                                                                      2. re: chiqchiq

                                                                                                        Totally agreed that Union Social Eatery serves a surprisingly decent burger. Burger Factory, on the other hand (when I went at least) served a dry, crustless burger (despite being smashed and griddled) on an overly-large, vaguely stale bun.

                                                                                                        Mississauga is pretty much a burger wasteland, sadly. The burger boom that has made Toronto such a delightful place for burger fans over the last few years has steered clear of Mississauga.

                                                                                                        1. re: chiqchiq

                                                                                                          Just looked at The Burger Factory menu out of curiosity; it looks to be another one of these burger places that don't offer bacon?

                                                                                                          I was at an onRoute rest stop on the way to Windsor, and they had a burger place in there as well that didn't offer bacon at all. What the hell is going on in the world when they remove a bacon option from the burger!

                                                                                                          1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                            lol...i believe it's because it's halal. I'm not muslim but it had great reviews online so decided to check it out. Took a lot for my husband to agree to go without the option of bacon but it was good!