5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Aug. 5 - Aug. 11
Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of August 5 to August 11, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.
Wings are well done at this popular pub — EddieO’s nailed the delicate balance of a crispy coating with tender meat on the inside. Their wings are as addictive as they come, served with a great Jager BBQ sauce. The pub’s industrial aesthetic, complete with exposed beams, has large, comfy booths which are multi-staggered for optimum privacy (so y’all can lick your fingers in peace!)
This north-end Italian joint is owned by Julia Hanna, who also runs Ristorante Julia downtown. With a warm interior, the Oak Walk Dr. resto houses an adorable Nonna Wall, honouring women who fed and nurtured their families, the server explains. She recommends the veal and the gnocchi, made in-house by Julia’s mother (who often competes with the Nonna at Ristorante Julia to see who makes better gnocchi). I started with the Calamari Fritti — the large portion of salty & crispy squid was coated with cornmeal then dusted with flour, served with a tasty cherry pepper basil aioli. The gnocchi, topped with Alla Vodka sauce and fresh greens, was soft and delicious, while the handbreaded veal parmigiana was thin, crispy, filling, and flavourful, served alongside spaghetti pomodoro. Ritorno means ‘to return’ and with food like this, how could you not be back for more?
It’s sleek, sultry, and has a gorgeous leather bar — Rust Bistrobar can be found in north Burlington. (It’s in the same plaza as Tin Cup at Walkers Line and Upper Middle Rd.) The curated menu, created by Chef Paola Iaboni, focuses on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients highlighting the season’s best and “encapsulating the essence of cooking from the heart and soul.” Appetizers range from Korean Cauliflower to Beer-Braised Ribs, while mains include Rabbit Tamale, Duck Confit, and Portobello Wellington. Then there’s steak: The 40-ounce Tomahawk goes for $110 … (we can’t even). With a live fire grill, harvest table for larger gatherings, and six-seat chefs’ counter Rust offers a rotating craft beer menu and variety of wine. Unisex bathroom stalls are reminiscent of downtown Toronto — think Cactus Club.
This cute bistro is a hidden gem when it comes to pizza. Located in downtown Oakville, the resto is inspired by piazza culture. With everything from cappuccino to handmade pizza, to wine, there’s something or everyone. My margherita pizza (plus calabrese) came with pomodoro sauce & fiore di latte topped with fresh basil. There was chilli oil, but I loved this pizza plain. Service is superb. Try their gelato, too.
Sushi Masayuki is probably the best Japanese restaurant in the GTA and definitely comparable to the top spots in Toronto proper. It’s the best in Halton region by far. This is a real Japanese restaurant because, quite simply, it’s owned and run by Japanese operators. Authenticity is key and the chefs at Masayuki have a plethora of experience with Japanese cuisine. Masayuki Takabe has more than 25 years under his belt as a sushi chef, working in popular high-end Japanese restaurants in Toronto and at Oakville’s Mye. Kitchen chef Takeshi Okada trained in Tokyo from the age of 15 and is among the top Japanese chefs in Canada who specialize in “kaiseki.” The quality of the food here is unparalleled, so if you really want to impress, you’d better head to Sushi Masayuki. Just watch out because the sashimi bill will add up real quick, but you pay for quality. Make sure you book a reservation, as this place is rather quaint.
The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of August 5 to August 11 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.
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