Pepper Walk in Mississauga
A few weeks ago, one of our friends told us about a new restaurant, Pepper Walk in Mississauga. It sounded interesting – think South Asian fusion dishes, with some North American favourites – so I knew I had to find an excuse to go there. New halal restaurants popping up in the west end is nothing new, I find that for every one restaurant that opens up in the east end/Scarborough, four open up in Mississauga. But nonetheless, it’s worth the trek every so often to check out what’s new in the halal restaurant scene.
Pepper Walk in Mississauga is located in the Heartland Town Centre and can be a little tricky to find since there’s so many little plazas that make up the centre. It took us about ten minutes of driving around to find the restaurant, and that could be because we’re not familiar with the area, but our local friends also agreed.
Anyway, once we found it, we were pleasantly surprised with the decor and seating arrangements. There were small booths for groups, bigger booths for bigger groups, and smaller tables scattered throughout the restaurant. I would say there was room for more than 70 diners, give or take. We went with a large group (8 people – yes, gratuity is included) so we had one of the bigger tables. I liked that it was slightly isolated from the other tables in the restaurant, meaning we could laugh and chat to our heart’s content!
Once we were all seated, we placed an order for appetizers and drinks. I ordered a Mango Smoothie ($7) because I’m trying to be healthy and didn’t want a milkshake. A few friends ordered Strawberry Daiquiris ($6) and some Diet Pepsis ($2.50).
I enjoyed my mango smoothie, but it was definitely more of a milkshake – it even came with whipped cream and a cherry. I was hoping for more of a health-conscious drink, but it still tasted good. I tasted the daiquiri and I was unimpressed – it tasted very odd and not at all like the strawberry daiquiris that I’m used to. We also had a small issue with the blender breaking, and there were plastic pieces in everyone’s daiquiris. Note: there are NO free refills on soft drinks, which was also a slight let-down seeing as it’s $2.50 per drink.
We ordered some Grand Nachos ($13) to share with everyone, and we had the option of either Mexican chili, chicken or guacamole as a topping. It is an additional cost ranging from $2 – $3 per topping. We went with the Mexican chili, but when the nachos came out, it was just some ground beef scattered on top and not at all chili, let alone Mexican chili.
After we had eaten the appetizers, our waitress came to take our orders. We then noticed some of us had dinner menus, whereas others had the lunch menu. Don’t think there was much of a difference between the two, but there were a few more things on the dinner menu than on the lunch one. Our group ended up ordering the North American dishes rather than the Asian dishes.
We ordered the Top Sirloin Steak ($17) and was told it comes with two sides. You have the option of choosing ANY two sides from their Shareable Sides section, which has poutine, sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, rice, veggies, naan and salads. I was impressed, because usually poutine and sweet potato fries are an upgrade, and not a usual included side. I went with the mashed potato and Caesar salad. Unfortunately you have to pay extra for gravy/sauces, which I wasn’t too happy about it but I went with the Pepper Walk’s twisted béarnaise sauce.
I was pleasantly surprised with the steak, especially after the not-so-impressionable nachos. It was cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes complimented it so well. These mashed potatoes were also some of the best I’ve had – very creamy! I’m glad I went with the béarnaise sauce, which has an egg yolk and butter base. It was very different from what I’m used to but also complimented the steak nicely.
We also ordered the Crispy Onion & Cheese Burger ($12) with fries, and the Grilled Portabello Chicken Breast ($15) with a poutine and mashed potato.
The burger first came burnt so we had it sent back, and the owner himself came to give us a new one. The crispy onion was definitely a good idea. I also liked their chipotle and bbq mayo that comes on the burger.
The chicken was okay, not the biggest fan of chicken breast because I find that it’s just a bland part of the chicken (dark meat all the way!), so I wasn’t too surprised that this chicken breast was also slightly bland.
I thinkPepper Walk in Mississauga has the potential to be a really good restaurant, but they have a ways to go. Will definitely come back in a few months to see how they’ve improved, inshAllah.
Meat Source: All Chicken is direct from Madina Foods and beef is sourced from St. Helen’s Meat Packers ** NOTE: meat was checked (verbal assurance) at time of review and can change at anytime – please check meat sources before eating and let us know if there are any discrepancies **
Hafsa is a cupcake-baking, fashion-loving, DIY-obsessed small town girl living in a big city. You can follow her adventures in her new lifestyle blog ‘Does This Make My Head Look Fat?” She has a background in public relations but now currently works in the digital agency world as a Social Media Coordinator for 88 Creative. Her guilty pleasures include traveling, eating macaroons and Instagramming her day-to-day excursions. Follow her adventures on Twitter.
5955 Latimer Dr, Unit#7 Heartland Town Centre, Mississauga