La Capannina: Great Italian Food
La Capannina is one of the better Italian restaurants in Brampton. It's my answer to getting a good and cheap Spaghetti Bolognese fix without having to deal with the horrible service and loud/young atmosphere at East Side Mario's. Of course, the other dishes are all great there too. The service is normally very good at La Capannina and I love how the waiters literally run the pastas out to you, so that they get there still al dente and steaming hot. They have some decent wines available there as well.
Favorite Dish: One of my favourite dishes is the Shrimps alla Diavlo ($21) - very large shrimp with a really tasty sauce, accompanied by a side of pasta of your choice (i.e., spaghetti with meat sauce). The (clam) Linguini Vongole ($14) is good there too. Spaghetti Bolognese ($10) is a great option when you feel like being a little cheap on the food and more generous on the wine :o) The caesar salad needs some help though - I wouldn't recommend it.
168 Sushi Buffet: All U Can Eat Sushi!
As far as AYCE (All You Can Eat) sushi places in the West end go, this one is not half bad. They have a pretty extensive menu that is part of the ayce experience - and they make it as you order it. They even include a can of pop as part of the ayce menu (I thought that was funny). There are some Korean items on the menu too - like kalbi, spicy chicken and bulgogi. Their spicy and specialty rolls are not bad (they don't have the normal inch thick of rice that some other ayce places do to fill you up). You do have to pay extra if you don't finish everything you order. But that's ok because you can order multiple times if you want to order a bit at a time. They do have the typical limitations on sashimi and the more 'expensive' kinds of sushi - oh well.
Favorite Dish: The salmon rose is good! I also like the dragon rolls, the spicy rolls, the seaweed salad and banana tempura.
Toshi Japanese Restaurant: Sushi and Terriyaki
Toshi has a restaurant section and a take-out section. The take-out section is usually quite busy, but you can always call ahead and beat the line. The terriyaki take-out dinners are a really good deal - you get quite a bit of meat with stirfried veggie and rice or noodles. You can even ask for it without the rice - and they give you more veggies. The sushi is pretty good there - not the best, but pretty decent. The party trays are great.
Favorite Dish: I like to get the Premium Party Tray for parties. For rolls - the spicy ones, and the Atlantic roll are good.
Osso Bucco Ristorante: A best kept secret
The hilarious thing about this place is that it is so close to home, I've driven past it for years, but never went in, until just recently. Boy did I kick myself for not trying this place sooner! I think the reason why I waited so long, was because I was put off by the odd stripmall location. Osso Bucco serves great Italian food - and huge portions of it. It's busy every night of the week. Service is great there too. It's a much better value than the keg for the steaks and surf and turf. The cheapest main on the menu is $10 and the most expensive is $30 - and well worth the prices for what you get.
Favorite Dish: Their grilled calamari appetizer is the best I have ever had - so tender - served with a tomato sauce on a bed of greens (large portion for $10 - good to split). Their filet mignon & lobster is an outstanding deal - an enormous piece of tenderloin and a lobster tail served with a large side of pasta (can't believe you get all that for $30). Oh, and their signature dish - osso bucco - so delicious and melts in your mouth ($25 for a 3" shank)!
Kinglsey Chinese Restaurant: All day Dim Sum
Kingsley has great dim sum. And they serve it all day long too. If you can't really deal with waiting for the carts of food to come around, then you can get the picture menu and order directly off there. The service can be less than stellar at times. It's a really large restaurant that is located in a mall where all the stores have been slowly converting into Asian stores. I heard that the owner is the son of the owner of the Emerald Chinese/Dim Sum restaurant in Mississauga. I don't think they have a dims um happy hour, which is unfortunate.
Favorite Dish: The seafood is good here, as are the dumplings and various dim sum items. The hot and sour soup is pretty yum as well.
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