La Castile Steak House and Seafood Restaurant 905-625-1137
closed Sundays www.lacastile.com
In a retail filled stretch of Dundas Street East in Mississauga stands an old school steak house, set inside a dark castle, tucked behind a senescent brick wall decorated with torches. Once inside choose to eat in the dining room, or the piano lounge (in summers they have quaint garden patio). A word to the wise, both rooms serve the exact same food but you pay almost ten dollars more just to sit in the dining room. You start out with a basket of garlic bread and a platter of cottage cheese, pickles, and butter. I have no idea how these items complement each other or why they even serve them. I can’t argue they pass the time pleasantly until your food arrives. My vice is their baby back ribs, they are not fall off the bone but I like them that way. Sweet, tangy, crunchy, primal ribs, get me every time. All entrees come with a starch and vegetables which are surprisingly crisp; I think they’re boiled or steamed. The Dover sole meuniere and the chicken Neptune need to go, and the seafood can be a little overcooked at times.
The piano lounge is where you will find live entertainment Wednesday to Saturday around eight-thirty in the evening; usually a solo pianist playing your favorite oldies but goodies. I find on Thursdays and Fridays you’ll find a crowd of lively individuals winding down from a hard weeks work. La Castile has an extensive wine list that is in desperate need of an update. Pages and pages of nothing exciting, the waiters aren’t much help either.
La Castile is an experience that takes you back to the ‘70s. Hide in one of the piano lounges private alcoves to watch the charismatic bartender, the patientless waiters, the energetic pianist come together to form, another entertaining evening, that you’ll have to see to believe.