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Cuisine type

  • Indonesian,

Dishes

  • Babi Panggang,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Dutch-Indonesian Cuisine,
  • Skewers,
  • Satay,
  • Authentic Indonesian Food,
  • Barrel-aged Cocktails,
  • Takeout,
    • Wine,
    • Beer,
    • Cocktail Bar,
  • more...
  • less...

Specialties

  • Nasi Gorin,
  • Udang Kari,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
2031 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 2A2
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Methods of Payment:

Meet the owner

When Michael van den Winkel and Jennifer Gittins began hosting rijsttafel (a Dutch-Indonesian feast, which translates to "rice table") at their Quince Bistro, the events would sell out within hours. A craving was brewing for authentic Dutch-Indonesian food as well as a cocktail bar that this midtown neighbourhood was lacking – and so, without ado, in June 2014, Little Sister Food Bar was born.

Stepping inside feels miles away from midtown. The space can be characterized as a hip bar sans the attitude, paired with the frenetic street vibes of eating in Indonesia – all set against a backdrop of fast service and pumpin’ beats. Exposed ceilings rise above a long bar, while a mixologist serves up Indonesian-style cocktails with spices, lemongrass, lime leaf and caramelized palm sugar.

Indonesia was at one time a Dutch colony, and the food and flavours are an integral part to Dutch cuisine. Mike, Jennifer’s husband and business partner, learned Indonesian cooking while he was in the navy. The two met in England while working as chefs and went on to work together as private chefs on-board a yacht in Dubai, India and Singapore. “We’ve had restaurants in this neighbourhood for about 20 years, and we’ve always had Indonesian influences in our dishes. It was a natural progression to go into Indonesian food,” says Jennifer.

Read the story of Little Sister-Indonesian Food Bar

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September 20, 2019

Good

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2019

It was my third visit to Little Sister and I was able to introduce a couple of friends to the friendly and quick service, great food and comfortable vibe. My friends were impressed and every bite was a delight.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2019

Little Sister was amazing! Food was delicious and service so friendly and efficient!! We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2019

Delicious food great service. Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

Great energy and service! Delicious food!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

Loved all the flavours of everything we ordered!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2019

Consistently great food and ambience. We are repeat customers and will keep coming back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2019

Just simply stellar. This is my place on so many levels.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2019

Great place, wonderful food and friendly staff

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2019

The music was a little loud for conversation

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Simply amazing. We love your restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Great vibe overall. Creative and innovative drink menu. Portions are a bit small at this price point. Flavour is good, and variety of vegetable based options is inspiring.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Totally friendly service, amazing food. An explosion of flavours. Atmosphere is very cool. Downtown feel uptown.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Really great vibe (music maybe a bit loud for talking but it was a friday night). Jennifer would help us with our dinner fo 16 was a huge help and so accomodating!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2019

Always attentive and delicious

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

Music a little too loud for comfortable conversation. Otherwise great visit.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2019

Excellent! Look forward to another visit

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

Table was ready for our reservation. Our waitress was wonderful. Very helpful with the menu. We shared a lot and she adjusted the sizes to accommodate the 5 of us.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2019

Great food. Great value.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

Lively and fun atmosphere, staff really hustle. A bit loud if you are looking for quiet conversation. Food was great and drinks imaginative! Love the beef tacos, chicken stays, and try the cauliflower. Will come back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2019

The greatest place in midtown!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2019

Fantastic table outside, service and food were spectacular

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2019

Always great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2019

Can be spicy but so tasty!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2019

Excellent, friendly service. They were very accommodating to my husband who has celiac as well. All but two items on the menu are gluten free! My picky daughter also loved the tapas style menu. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2019

Keep it up

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 2, 2019

If I could give more than 5 stars I would. The reservations person was super nice our server was excellent and the food super delicious!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2019

Great food/ atmosphere and service! Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

We all had a great time thanks to great service, amazing food and great atmosphere. Thank you 😊

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

This is a must while visiting Toronto. One of our favourite places to eat. The atmosphere, the decor, the service and of course the food; everything is there. Not only is the food flavourful but it’s affordable as well. Can’t wait for our next visit!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Little Sister is an Indonesian restaurant that keeps its wine list to a minimum. A little grandiose, with a lot of top wine is the best way to describe this wine list. It’s seasonal and showcases wines from around the world that are expertly paired with the authentic Indonesian food.

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Nestled on the strip between Davisville and Eglinton, Little Sister Food Bar offers authentic Indonesian dishes, but feels decisively more like a comfy hip bar than a restaurant. High industrial ceilings rise above a long bar and a mixologist whipping up unusual combos of liquor (think: housemade bitters, tamarind syrup and palm sugar). Skip the long bar or communal table and grab a table for two at the banquette. Share a couple orders of satay and chicken tacos (Balinese style with shallot sour cream) and wash it down with a pint of beer or barrel-aged cocktail.

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