Originally published on insauga.com.
Mississauga has a vast, exciting and expansive restaurant scene and while most establishments offer fantastic food, a choice few go the extra mile and provide diners with absolutely exquisite surroundings.
It’s one thing to put together an attractive restaurant, but it’s quite another to create a truly aesthetically memorable one that—along with the food—keeps people coming back.
Although there are a lot of gorgeous restaurants in the city, these five stand out because they’re hard to forget.
Mississauga continued to shed its bedroom community identity when it welcomed The Cold Pressery, a decidedly cool vegan cafe located near Square One. Proprietors Sivonn Ra and Jenny Le met in their college years and their common desire to lead a healthy lifestyle translated into a business venture. The indie cafe produces a host of vegan goodies (including tacos, grilled “cheese” sandwiches, smoothies, coffees and desserts) and is very well-designed. The Pressery seats 26 and is adorned with wood elements and chalk board walls. The main wall is a mural of Mississauga landmarks including Square One, the Absolute Marilyn Monroe condos, City Hall and Sheridan College that was created by Le herself. The hip little resto is both artistic and cool, paying homage to its community while providing something truly off the beaten path.
4) The Maharaja
The Maharaja is an incredibly stunning boutique restaurant inspired by the regal beauty of India’s diverse landscape of architecture and flavours. The concept offers a visual and culinary journey through three magnificent palaces of India and a menu featuring cuisine from four different regions. Located in a heritage building over a century old (formerly The Mad Hatter) along Eglinton Ave. and Heritage Hills Blvd., the restaurant was completely gutted and the transformation is breathtaking. The palaces recreated in the resto start with Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) located in Jaipur, which is an elevated room to the right of the restaurant that is bright and airy. The Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) located in Pakistan, is the largest of the three rooms located in the back of the restaurant and decorated with intricate lattice mirror walls and chandeliers. Lastly, Rang Mahal (Palace of Colour) located in Dehli, is a room to the left of the restaurant that represents the diversity of colours and cultures in India. The beautifully lit bar located in the centre of the restaurant is made of a single piece of hand-crafted luminescent honeycomb onyx from Pakistan. The walls are adorned with recreated original Indian art by a local Mississauga artist. Each section of the restaurant features numerous wall art, including one embellished with gold leaf. This place is incredibly elegant, bringing Indian dining to a higher level.
3) Fired Up!
Fired Up! Woodfire Barbeque Company is Mississauga’s first BBQ restaurant that boasts an open concept, street-side cookery right in the heart of Port Credit. When you walk by, the aroma of smoky barbecued meat lingers along the main strip and it’s guaranteed to activate your salivary glands. On the decor front, it’s an impressive restaurant-front that exposes Executive Chef Luis Vultao and his team of grillardins who are literally on street-side display, encircled with fire from the woodfire grills where they display their craft. The 1,500 square foot space (formerly a Gino’s Pizza) was completely gutted and is surprisingly more spacious than the corner unit appears to be. The resto design is masculine but cozy and filled with reclaimed Canadian wood such as hemlock and maple, plus 250 year old barn boards. A brick wall is the backdrop of the restaurant, which is mainly filled with cozy tufted booth seating. Parts of the ceiling are exposed, giving the space a semi-industrial feel with game adornments such as ornamental animal head accessories extending throughout the space. All in all, a memorable (and stylish) interior.
Once you walk in, you can tell this place did not spare a dime. The elegant, cozy interior is reminiscent of a rustic Italian home that serves very authentic Italian grub. The deceptively spacious restaurant boasts gorgeous stone walls, a warm colour palette and an overall classic, elegant look. The menu offers authentic Romano pizza and homemade pastas which are all freshly made in-house. It also includes appetizers, salads, fish and meat entrees and desserts. The mozzarella di bufala and parmigiano-reggiano cheeses are some of the ingredients they use that are directly imported from Italy. Goodfellas also boasts an extensive Italian wine selection that was specifically chosen to pair beautifully with the dishes on the menu. This place has a small patio that overlooks the new Streetsville Square, so if you are lucky enough you can catch a free show from your seat. Check out the new oyster bar while you are there.
1 – The Wilcox
The Wilcox Gastropub is located on the corner of Hurontario and Eglinton and is situated in the Wilcox House – one of Mississauga’s oldest Heritage Homes which features Greek and Gothic detailing and was built by Amos and Charles Wilcox in 1850. The space pays homage to the building’s heritage and its descendants and is named after the Wilcox’s themselves. It boasts an interior that respects the traditional space with new and modern accents that bring the resto to a new level. Their cocktail list also features more traditional beverages, such as the classic Burnt Old Fashioned. The space is well lit with a skylight and a lot of windows, dark tufted benches that line the lounge area, natural wood accents and modern pieces that are scattered throughout the restaurant. There are three floors which include the lounge, the lower area and a gorgeous upper dining area that can also be booked for private functions. The Wilcox is special because it’s both elegant and modern, keeping design top of mind while not skimping on food or service.