Via Allegro, in Etobicoke, features an extensive wine list.
Via Allegro – High-end Italian, highlighted by deeply satisfying pastas and a 5,500-label wine list that ranks among Canada’s best. The restaurant runs its own beef programme, too. All of this unfolds in an upscale-trattoria space that bustles with a loyal, well-heeled clientele. Two private rooms, seating 15 and 22, for corporate events.
Nirvana – Nestled in a Mississauga strip mall in the Hurontario and Hwy 401 area, this high-ceilinged Indian resto boasts the GTA’s most adroit tandoori oven. Just as satisfying are the alpha veg dishes (tandoori mushrooms, the palak masala, the dal makhni). Private room seats 45 for business meetings.
Grand Chinese Cuisine – This little-known gem is tucked away in the DoubleTree hotel, near Pearson Airport. The dim sum is well above average, while at dinner, the Cantonese-focused dishes satisfy mightily. Light years from Chinatown Grotty, the unique, circular room is well-appointed and elegant.
La Castile – In 2011, this Mississauga stalwart celebrates 40 years. The vibe is classic, old-school steakhouse (white tablecloths and acres of dark-wood wainscotting) and the high-end menu follows suit, with thick steaks and well-time seafood. Semi-private rooms seat up to 100.
Terra Restaurant – Thornhill’s finest. Executive chef Stephen Perrin has created a high-end menu that unfolds in a sprawling, sophisticated room. Adding to the pleasure are an oyster and tapas bar. For events, three private rooms seat 19, 22 and 45, while the chef’s table hosts 20.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – In the shadow of Square One Shopping Centre, this Mississauga outpost of the upscale U.S. steakhouse chain dishes up USDA Prime cuts of beef, at hefty prices. Seafood and chicken available, too. Five private rooms seat eight to 100.
Ambassador Chinese Cuisine – The smart money heads north, to Richmond Hill, for Ambassador’s lip-smacking Cantonese cuisine. Gracious servers glide around the refined room delivering such classics as Peking duck, rainbow chop in crystal fold and smoked black cod. Private room seats 18.
The Host – Specializing in carefully made Northern Indian fare, this Richmond Hill branch of the three-restaurant Toronto chain draws connoisseurs. Sauces are extravagantly rich and meats are handled with care. On the events side, a private room accommodates 80.
Annalisa – In the Far North (well, Aurora), this snazzy Asian-fusion restaurant serves up Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai, at reasonable prices. The shrimp and veg tempura app is crispy, crunchy perfection, and the tender lobster tempura, at $10, is a steal. Private room seats 30.
Akasaka – This Richmond Hill Japanese restaurant is tailor-made for groups. Choose from teppanyaki-grill cooking tables, sushi cooking classes with celebrity chefs, a corporate lunch-and-learn programme and team-building. Private teppanyaki and non-teppanyaki rooms available.