Milton, ON - good places to eat?
I'll be visiting Milton for a few days, and need some good recommendations please!
My preference is for south-east asian (Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean..) but contemporary would be ok too - not indian please. I realise Milton is not a metropolis - I guess I'm trying to say that my focus is fresh, great ingredients and good food, rather than mass-produced or americanised cheesy crap...
Have a car, so am not averse to driving half an hour or more for really good recommendations!
Not too much in Milton that I know of, however, if others are recommending Mississauga and Brampton, there is a really nice Japanese Thia place, Spoon and Fork on Trafalgar Road, just south of Dundas. Not too too far from Milton and they have a delicious "All You Can Taste" Menu.
There's an extraordinarily fine restaurant, Enver's of Morriston, just 2 exits west from Milton along highway 401 in the tiny village of Morriston. They feature contemporary Canadian cuisine using a substantial amount of local products. You will certainly enjoy a memorable meal there. Reservations advised on weekends.
The only place that I know people from out of town visit for food is the Halifax Donair place on Main Street. A friend recently moved to Milton but I can't say I have had any awesome food around Milton yet. There is a BBQ place up in Georgetown that is good though. As other's said not many ethnic/asian options in Milton itself. Brampton isn't too far I guess.
You're right about Milton not being a metropolis. There's not a lot of choices out there but there's one restaurant that isn't so bad. Pasqualino Cafe & Bistro has decent food and service. It's not the best Italian food I ever had but it's decent.
As for south east Asian, I do highly recommend for you to head over to the west side of Mississauga. There are some really tasty options for the cuisine you're looking for. I strongly recommend Lion City in Mississauga. The owners are from Singapore and they make some of the best Singaporean/Malyasian food around in the west end. Their Hainanese chicken rice is so tasty and has the authentic taste I had when I was in Singapore.
Also, there's Ming Room in Mississauga. The food is Hakka Chinese and it has great flavour. Their chilli chicken and green curry is very tasty with good portions. Service is very quick even when packed during lunch.
As for Japanese, there's not a lot of great options. My favourites are further north east of Milton (they're in Brampton). There's Dai Ichi which is on the border of Oakville and Mississauga. It's run by a Korean family and they have great Korean dishes in addition to fresh and plentiful sushi. Kalbi is great there too. It's not fancy or exotic sushi but solid good food. I even saw Chef Massimo from Mistura eat there.
There is one all you can eat sushi restaurant that is close to the 401 and west edge of Mississauga. It's called Sushi Sushi. It's not bad. Probably the best AYCE in the area (which isn't saying a lot) so if you want quantity. It might not be a bad bet.