Madame Marie’s Weekly Roundup: Toronto’s Best Takeout, Delivery and Dining During COVID-19 – November 27, 2020
It looks like Torontonians will be dining at home for the foreseeable future, and potentially even into the holiday season. If you’re growing tired of mundane meals chez vous, spice things up with takeout and support the hospitality industry in the process.
Check out this week’s takeout and delivery picks.
849 Dundas Street West
La Palma, the art-centric Italian eatery near Trinity Bellwoods from Chef Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison, just launched La Palma @ Home – a weekly dinner for two available for pick up every Friday. For $75, the three-course menu includes dishes that will make you salivate before you can even open the takeout containers. On this week’s menu: bitter green salad with baby artichoke, celery root and buttermilk dressing; chicken parm covered in rich tomato sauce and melty mozzarella; and tiramisu just like nonna’s – or maybe even better. Add a bottle of wine from the online shop, or a cocktail for two to complete a romantic evening at home. A larger takeout menu is also available from Tuesday to Saturday with options such as Chicken Spezzatino for two or an order of their famous 100 Layer Lasagna. Place your order on La Palma’s website.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
190 University Avenue
When Momofuku Noodle Bar, a popular concept by Chef David Chang, landed in Toronto in 2012, it quickly became one of the most buzz-worthy restaurants in the city. Located on the main floor of the elaborate Shangri-La Hotel, Momofuku Noodle Bar offers a satisfying menu of Japanese, Korean and Chinese comfort food (primarily buns, ramen and mazemen) with an eccentric twist. The shiitake and chicken chorizo buns are sized just-right so you still have ample room to slurp up a filling bowl of ramen. Rich in umami and spice from the mala sauce, the Chicken DanDan mazemen is both unorthodox and comforting. If ramen or mazemen aren’t your thing, try the boujee okonomiyaki (Japanese omelet) sprinkled with glistening red flying fish roe or the family-friendly format of Korean Fried Chicken. Consider skipping the Sichuan Chicken Rice Cakes as the freshness factor was missing on these. Check out the menu for your next reasonably-priced takeout meal.
426 College Street
If you’re a java connoisseur who hasn’t been to Manic Coffee, you’re missing out. This quaint indie coffee shop is located on College Street, just north of Kensington Market. As the sole distributor of Intelligentsia beans in Canada, it’s apparent that Manic Coffee’s mission is all about brewing a perfect cup. Every drink tastes like they put a lot of love into preparing it. On top of that, warm smiles and small talk from the baristas always make guests feel welcome. In addition to plenty of espresso-based hot beverages and nitro cold brew, tea lattes and other non-caffeinated options are also available. This isn’t just a coffee shop – Manic also offers plenty of freshly-made sandwiches and local baked goods (gluten-free options available) that hit the spot when you’re craving a treat to accompany your beverage. The next time you need to replenish your stock of coffee beans, consider checking out Manic’s online shop as well.
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.