Madame Marie’s Weekly Roundup: Toronto’s Best Takeout, Delivery and Dining During COVID-19 – February 11, 2021
The end of lockdown is in the not-too-distant future, Toronto, so there’s plenty to get excited about!
In the meantime, here are this week’s takeout and delivery picks.
46 Noble Street
One of the best things about Toronto’s food scene is that there are those semi-secret gems that you hear whispers about. You may not have heard of Noble House – until now. Described by its creators, Dusty Gallagher (416 Snack Bar) and Flo Leung, as a “kitchen-studio-dining room-workshop,” Noble House has been churning out delicious takeout meals in family-style ($120) and date night ($80) formats since December 2020. Thematic menus, such as “Meatball Party!” (Italian comfort food) and “Dinner with Julia” (an ode to Julia Child and French classics), rotate biweekly and sell out fast (tip: sign up for the email list). Crudités and aioli, chicken liver paté, tender beef bourguignon, and decadent chocolate mousse were some of last week’s delights, along with a handwritten note. This micro-kitchen, and the fiercely talented team behind it, knows good food. Period.
1 Richmond Street West
Since Richmond Station opened in 2012, it’s built a solid reputation in Toronto and beyond (in case you didn’t know, it’s co-owned by Carl Heinrich, a former Top Chef Canada winner). Situated in the heart of the Financial District, patrons can order a takeout lunch or a more elaborate chef’s tasting menu to enjoy at home. When you’re in the mood for a burger, nothing else is quite as satisfying as the Station Burger. Organic and grass-fed beef, garlic aioli, beet chutney, pickled onions, aged cheddar and iceberg lettuce come stacked high on a milk bun. Beyond the ever-popular burger, Richmond Station offers plenty of flavourful dishes, such as the Brassica Caesar Salad, Digby Scallops Mulligatawny as well as highly addictive polenta fries. Save room for dessert too, because the rotating dessert menu showcases the best of the season. Winter Comfort, for example, is a gluten-free delight that includes a decorative swirl of gingerbread pudding topped with cranberry-pear compote and crunchy oat granola. This menu is chock full of good food, quality ingredients and passion that you can taste.
368 King Street East
From the quirky vibe, to the warm and hospitable owners, to a menu of dazzling coffee beverages, Tandem Coffee is the type of coffee shop that any Torontonian dreams of. Since opening in 2014, owners Michie Yamamoto and her partner Eugene, have created a meeting place for Corktown coffee lovers. Situated in a charming old house, it’s brimming with the character you’d expect from an independent coffee shop. Many décor influences are drawn from Yamamoto’s Japanese heritage and add to the shop’s unique ambiance. Beans sourced from local Ontario suppliers, such as Quietly Coffee, and Detour Coffee, produce artisanal beverages that leave patrons buzzing with happiness. Other than the standard lineup of espresso-based drinks, Tandem Coffee is known for its affogato, vanilla-matcha floats, and a wide selection baked goods that are almost too kawaii to eat.
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Operations are subject to change during this crisis so please contact each restaurant for the most up-to-date information.