Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Burlington, Milton, and Oakville for the week of Jan 25 – Feb 1, based on the number of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.
5. Noble Bistro
Serving up fine dining without stuffiness, Noble offers a chef-inspired menu boasting farm to fork cuisine. There were some surprises. For gluten-free folks, the chickpea fries ($7), served with sriracha mayo, were unconventional, crispy, and perfectly salted. The tuna tartare was tasty, while the salmon, scallops (in Polenta Agnolloti) and roasted chicken were perfectly cooked. The quiche was flavourful, with a kick of goat cheese and a tough crust. The man behind the menu, JohnRoss Woodland, ranks among the top chefs in the country. Naturally, there’s also an excellent selection of wines to enjoy alongside your meal.
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One bite made me forget I was in an outdated shopping mall most frequented by my mom (and other seniors) and students on lunch break. This pizza was sublime. Tavolo, a longtime favourite, has been wowing Oakville diners who typically frequent other fabulous restos owned by Catch Hospitality Group. Try flagging a server on a Sunday night — it’s insanely busy. The pizza alone was worth the wait – fresh, fresh, fresh ingredients and that combination of margherita pizza plus salami — duuuuuude.
It’s not just Loyola students who flood the place for lunch every day. With personal pizzas at $2.99 apiece (sometimes 2 for $5!), and other super-affordable hot foods… Monastery Bakery tops the list. Their bistro turkey sandwich with fresh cheese and meat was simply outstanding, and they boast the finest selection of artisanal bread in Oakville (it’s even served at Pasquale’s), with dough made in-store.
Cupcakes (and custom cakes) are all the rage at this tiny little shoppe in downtown Oakville, where everything is made in-house. They’ve been going strong since Kathy Tang opened up in 2012. Seasonal flavours include Pumpkin Spice Caramel Latte and Glazed Cinnamon Roll Twist … if those don’t have you drooling, you’ll be craving sugar soon enough. Items here have fun names, such as Love Your Lemons, Berry Cheesy, Pucker up Pinkie (lemon raspberry buttercream), Cool, Dark & Yummy (mint chocolate), Rasta Raspberry, and Spike’m Up S’more. Baked goodies are made with whole ingredients, such as butter, cream, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and Callebaut chocolate. One bite in, you can taste the difference.
1. Pho Mi 89
There may be quite a few locations across the GTA, but don’t let that fool you, each location has some specialty items that the others don’t. While this may be tricky when going from location to location, it does help make each location a little bit unique – and unique is refreshing. The satay got me again here, but it was done very differently than any other satay pho I’ve had. This was one of the most flavourful phos I’ve ever come across and if I’m ever in the area, it’ll be a no-brainer for me to go back and have another.