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Jun 28, 2014 09:49 PM

Little Sister Indonesian Food Bar

This place has opened (little sister of Quince), anyone been? no menu on their website

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  1. Stopped in on Friday. Good cocktails. The neighbourhood needs a place for a good drink. Food is mostly snacks - very spicy and a bit $$$ shrimp cups are (2) are over $12. They will need time to figure out pricing I think! Go for a cocktail.

    1. Went on Friday evening as well. Great decor, nice atmosphere, and friendly staff. The cocktails were excellent: I tried three, all of which were spicy but light, and at $12 each reasonable. Tried a lot from their snack menu, and the thing I use to judge an Indo/Malaysian resto - the peanut sauce - was good. The best I had: mustard greens, grilled in kecap manis with fried shallots. This was amazing. The chicken satay was nice too (indonesian style - ground chicken rather than chunks of chicken), but the swordfish satay was disappointing (sauce was too powerful and the fish pretty tasteless). The shrimp wraps - the dish referred to below - was yummy (we wound up ordering two), but pricey.

      Had a long chat with the chef: looks like they're just figuring out what should be on the menu, and that they'll make revisions as time passes. Tried to convince him to serve Gado Gado, and we were able to walk away with a bag of their special kecap manis sauce.

      Good addition to the neighbourhood. Will definitely go back, especially for their drinks.

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      1. re: milhuas3

        Cocktails! I'm definitely in and hoping to trying this place sometime soon.

        I'm confused about your comment about Indonesian style satay being made out of ground chicken. Do you know what region serves it that way? I'm not familiar with that at all from anywhere I've had satay - it's always been solid pieces of meat... If anything, i would take Indonesian-style to mean that each person is going to order 30 satays!

        1. re: sumashi

          I think I had it like that in Bali. Google images for Bali Satay seem to confirm. But I realize there's a Balinese cuisine distinct from Indonesian.
          Edit: the menu calls it "Satay lilit - Balinese spiced chicken". This place looks good!

          1. re: julesrules

            Michael and Jennifer did a research trip to Indonesia when they were starting to put Little Sister together and they went to Bali and Sulawesi and one other area, they weren't able to go to Java/Jakarta because of volcanic activity at the time so there's fair bit of Balinese influence as a result.

            1. re: julesrules

              Ah, thanks! I'm most familiar with sate from around Java.

              1. re: sumashi

                They also now have a chicken satay that's pieces of meat. It replaces the fish satay.

        2. Thanks - how many skewers for each Satay order?
          Their menu is on the FB page

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          1. re: Teep

            Hi Teep!
            Each $6 satay order has 3 skewers. The croquettes come as a pair.

            My friend and I enjoyed our dinner at Little Sister tonight. I was one of the first customers this evening when I arrived at 5:15 pm (the restaurant opens at 4 pm). By the time we were leaving at 7:30 pm, the restaurant was almost full, with a few seats still available at the bar.

            We tried the chicken satay, pork satay, croquettes, nasi goreng, krupuk (shrimp chips), fried cauliflower salad, ayam panggang (grilled chicken main) and coconut pudding with coconut sugar. While I liked all the dishes we tried, I especially liked the pork satay with peanut sauce, fried cauliflower salad and coconut pudding. Nice amount of heat to many of the dishes, which I'd describe as roughly equivalent heatwise to 3-5 chilis on the Linda's/Salad King chili scale. There was also a green sambal and red sambal, offered as condiments to add to the various dishes. The service was friendly.

            There were a couple specials tonight, including a Market Price fish dish featuring halibut, if I remember correctly.

            Another guest's shrimp coconut curry looked very good.

            John Szabo selected the wines for their wine list, including some Gewurztraminers and a GrĂ¼ner Veltliner. There was even a wine from Limnos, Greece, which I haven't seen on any other menus in Toronto. estufarian, I think you're going to like this place.

            8 dishes and 2 cocktails (Ubud Hangout and Tamarind Sour) came to around $86, including tax, before tip. I found the prices fair and similar to what I'd be paying at other restaurants located nearby.

            I will definitely be back sometime soon.


            Cocktails and Beer

            1. re: prima

              Thanks for the heads-up.
              Will definitely check it out.

              1. re: estufarian

                And I did exactly that.
                IMO one of the better places along that strip of Yonge - but not without some issues.
                Several service 'bugs' that annoyed me, that could have been ironed out.
                NOT all items on the menu were available - OK I understand that, but PLEASE tell me when the menu is provided - NOT when I order. And I had chosen (and ordered) a glass of wine to go with that dish - which I then changed. And it doesn't matter what the dish is - that should apply to any restaurant that has a menu.
                And, like you, there was a special - which they only told me about AFTER I had ordered. What's the point of telling me then?

                But the food was indeed above average, and mostly good.
                The pangsit (my substitute dish) was very tasty, although quite greasy - but that's where the flavour was. My substitute wine (the tempranillo) fell flat with this dish - seemed to have a bit of a tarry aftertaste, so I'd avoid this in future.
                The cauliflower salad was excellent, my favourite dish. But the description was potentially misleading - the cauliflower was 'fried' - did this mean it would be served hot or cold? I've certainly had hot ingredients in a salad before.
                As it turns out, it was served at the same time as my main - the tamarind braised pork (and I matched with the Gruner Veltliner - an excellent choice).

                The pork was perfectly prepared, good 'toothsomeness' and no fat or gristle - but the sauce was somewhat 1-dimensional, with barely a hint of tamarind's typical acidity. But the two sambals got a good workout.

                Total bill $60 (for one).
                Worth trying again - but I'll go with AmuseGirl next time and try more dishes.

                1. re: estufarian

                  And I have now done that.
                  Service problems gone (mostly). Food very enjoyable. IMO probably the 'best'(defined as the one I'm most likely to return to)restaurant in that strip between Davisville & Eglinton.

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              1. re: roostermom

                Going Saturday night! Looking forward to this.