Madame Marie’s Weekly Roundup: Toronto’s Best Takeout, Delivery and Dining During COVID-19 – November 20, 2020

Starting Monday, November 23 at 12:01 a.m., Toronto and Peel region will be in full lockdown mode. The new set of restrictions were recently imposed by the provincial government to help curb the second wave of COVID-19, which has been on the rise since October.

While restaurant dine-in service will be prohibited under these stricter measures, takeout and delivery services will still be available. Please continue to support our local restaurants.

Here are this week’s takeout and delivery picks.

Leela Indian Food Bar
3108 Dundas Street West
 (416) 769-7777

Toronto has no shortage of Indian establishments, so then next time you’re craving the delicious flavours of Indian cuisine, be sure to check out Leela Indian Food Bar. Leela has two locations – one in The Junction and one in Little India. The dhaba-style menu focuses on local cuisine – similar to what you’d find at roadside restaurants scattered across India. It’s an ideal place to order a takeout feast for two or more. There’s something for everyone at Leela: crispy samosas, velvety butter chicken, savoury lamb vindaloo, and generous (and reasonably priced) takeout meals for two or four. Be sure to have extra naan on hand to sop up all the extra sauces. Leela is currently offering a 15% discount on all takeout orders.

Takeout dinner for two at Leela includes two samosas, a choice of three main dishes, naan and jeera rice.

Bar Raval
505 College Street
(647) 344-8001

For diners looking to experience the authentic flavours of Spanish cuisine, Bar Raval, a much-adored tapas restaurant in Little Italy, is a must for your next takeout order. The menu of pays homage to Barcelona’s vibrant culinary scene with a variety of simple and delicious pinxtos, bocadillos and tapas. Highlights include the jamon croquettas, hot octopus and some of the best patatas bravas in the city. Or, order a selection of meats and cheeses for your next charcuterie board, such as 18-month aged Iberian chorizo and manchego. Don’t forget to peep the “weird wine” section of the wine list for some eclectic pairings.

I Deal Coffee
221 Sorauren Avenue
(416) 364-7700

If you’re cruising down Sorauren Avenue and are in dire need of a coffee fix (because who isn’t these days?), pop into I Deal Coffee. This no-frills neighborhood shop is a staple for a java break any day of the week. I Deal Coffee prides itself on sustainable business practices from sourcing its beans to baked goods. Even the milk, honey and maple syrup are supplied by local small businesses. With two other locations – one in Kensington Market and one on Ossington Avenue – it’s become a Toronto coffee institution. In addition to top quality Americanos, lattes and freshly roasted beans, I Deal Coffee has an impressive selection of organic, wild fermented, sustainable, vegan, skin-contact and biodynamic wines available for delivery during COVID-19.

Bon appétit!


Mme. M. xoxo

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Operations are subject to change during this crisis so please contact each restaurant for the most up-to-date information.