Madame Marie’s Weekly Roundup: Toronto’s Best Takeout, Delivery and Dining During COVID-19 – January 14, 2021
The Ontario government recently ordered everyone in the province to stay at home except for essential reasons. Although it may be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, there are still plenty of good eats in Toronto to keep your spirits high.
Here are this week’s takeout and delivery picks.
102 Portland Street
When Little Sister opened in midtown in 2014, it quickly became a neighbourhood go-to spot. In December 2020, Little Sister opened its second location in the heart of downtown. Known as Toronto’s only Dutch-Indonesian restaurant, Little Sister offers a unique cultural experience and takes one’s taste buds on an exotic journey to the vast Indonesian islands. The menu is divided into skewers, snacks, sides and traditional dishes – many of which feature homemade spice blends. The variety of small and medium-sized plates translate well into takeout format, are excellent for sharing, and are reasonably priced. Start with one of three satays, such as grilled chicken and peanut sauce, or delicious lumpia stuffed with Jakarta spiced beef. Urab, a salad of green beans, Chinese broccoli, fresh coconut, sambal goreng, ginger, lime leaf and chili vinaigrette, is also flavourful dish with lots of texture. It’s evident that everything at Little Sister is made with love (as well as a generous dose of spice!).
Run and Gun Coffee
1541 Dundas Street West
Run and Gun makes its home in Brockton Village, and is one of those quirky, under-the-radar shops that’s worth checking out. In addition to serving coffee and tea, it’s also a concept store that curates a collection of unique and local items for its patrons, such as plants, candles, gifts and baby clothes. With something for everyone, it’s easy to walk in and purchase more than a just a coffee! As for the drinks, expect the standard complement of espresso drinks, plus chai and matcha lattes and loose leaf teas. Beans are supplied by Toronto-based De Mello Coffee and baked goods are made locally, too.
1595 Dupont Street
Lucia is a cozy trattoria in the Junction Triangle and the food is the definition of comfort on a frosty winter evening — so much so that it might be a contender for your favourite takeout list. Co-owners Michael Sangregorio and Fabio Bondi of Parkdale’s Local Kitchen and Wine Bar have brought their delicious Sicilian offerings to the west end. During COVID, weekly dinner menus are available for two ($100) or four people ($185). They include some of Lucia’s down-to-earth and delicious offerings such as Orecchiette with rapini and cherry tomatoes and wild caught cod with cannellini beans and beets.
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.