We’ve spotlighted quite a few restaurants in our time here at yourSauga, but today is a special occasion. Today marks the first ever buffet restaurant!
The Host Fine Indian Cuisine is a restaurant located at 33 City Centre Drive. It’s almost impossible to miss the building as it is right off of Hurontario to the west, near Square One Mall, and has a glowing red sign out front with the restaurant name on it. While the outside of The Host is mostly nondescript, inside is a classy affair. Carpet floors, sleek wooden tables, wine glasses on every table and the low lighting combine to create a stylish and sophisticated style and atmosphere. The Host is perfect for a romantic date, party, or just a quiet meal.
The Host has been in Mississauga for quite a few years at this point, and it’s largely because of the experience chef, Sanjeev Sethi. Here’s what he has to say about the menu:
The menu contains the sum of my 30-years knowledge as a chef. It is a passport that will give you access to an unparalleled culinary experience, one that will take the art of Indian cuisine to a new level. Although Indian food has a rich and complicated history, the secret to making it is very simple. It is a secret I learned from my mother, the greatest chef I know and the inspiration for everything I do today. In her kitchen, I learned that the best food is always created with love.
So what exactly is on the menu? Well the most popular option is certainly the daily lunch buffet. The buffet offers salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, curry, tandoori grill, fresh baked bread, desserts, condiments, and the chef’s choice. Not to mention vegetarian options throughout. The buffet dishes change on a regular basis as the food is made fresh every day. The buffet costs $15.99 on weekdays, and it’s all-you-can-eat! That’s an incredible deal. There are listed prices for kids, seniors, and weekends, so check here for more details.
As for the regular menu, The Host offers appetisers, tandoori, curry, vegetarian curry, and accompaniments. The appetisers include Lazeez Naan, Chicken Pakora, and Calamari, while the accompaniments consist of different types of rice, fresh baked breads, and sides like chutney and salads.
The tandoori menu is an exciting one, in which you can order classic Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Lamb Chops, Sundried Tomato Chicken Tikka, a Kebab Platter, or a Seafood Sizzler, to name but a few. Their tandoori options are succulent and consistent, well worth a try.
When choosing from The Host’s extensive curry options, you first must choose either vegetarian or not, then which meat you would like in the latter. Your choices are chicken, lamb & goat, seafood, or make your own. As for the vegetarian options, there’s lentils & chickpeas, paneer, or simple vegetables. For a more extensive look at the vegetarian menu look here, and for an in-depth glance at the meat curry menu click here. The Host is one of the best locations in the city for vegetarians, and one of few places that truly cater to both herbivores and carnivores. Beware the spice however!
As you already know, food can be quite subjective; one man’s toxic waste is another man’s potpourri, to quote The Grinch. Which is to say, just because we love the food at The Host, doesn’t mean you will. However, consistency does play a big role and if a restaurant is truly great, it will lead to a general consensus. As is the case with The Host, the consensus is great. The restaurant holds a four out of five stars on TripAdvisor, and we’ve pooled some of those reviews for you to peruse below:
The HOST is a fine dining Indian restaurant which serves excellent vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
Located in Mississauga, for lunch they have wide spread of buffet and for dinner it’s Ala Carte.
Friendly and helpful staff. But be careful while ordering as their portions are large and the manager recommends too much qty.
We were there at a Presentation which was followed by an Indian Buffet Lunch at The Host. Oh! what good Indian food. We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. There was everything there from North Indian to South Indian, and the food was really Indian. On checking the regular rate of the Buffet Lunch, it was very reasonable. And the service was courteous.
Host is a very good place to eat especially for those who love to have North Indian food. Though their buffet menu is fixed but the quality and taste of the food is very good. The service is also very prompt, we never have any problem visiting this place.
I ate here last year so don’t remember what I had, but if you are in Toronto this is a great spot to to come if you enjoy Indian Cuisine. It is a fairly popular spot so I would suggest making reservations. A little bit pricey but well worth it. I would not suggest this for very young children.
– Barry Y
The Host’s lunch buffet is an incredible deal, which also means it’s usually quite busy. The Host is one of Mississauga’s most popular restaurants – people love all-you-can-eat – and so you should certainly consider booking your seats in advance. Which you can do on the website.
Whether you’re going for the amazing lunch buffet, or just to get some excellent Indian cuisine from the regular menu, The Host is a great option. It’s certainly one of Mississauga’s finest Indian eateries and arguably the best value-for-money in the entire city. Next time you’re heading to Square One, maybe stop at The Host instead of the food court, you won’t regret it!