Introducing: Little Sister, a new Indonesian snack bar from the owners of Quince bistro
Name: Little Sister
Contact Info: 2031 Yonge St., 416-488-2031, littlesistertoronto.com, @littlesisterto
Neighbourhood: Davisville Village
Previously: Lucca Fine Linens, a fancy home shop
Owners: Michael van de Winkel and Jennifer Gittins, who also own Quince Bistro
Chef: Michael van de Winkel
The Food: Chef van de Winkel grew up in Amsterdam and spent time working as a chef in the Dutch Navy. There, he learned to cook a colonial-era Indonesian meal called rijsttafel (Dutch for “rice table”). Years later, he continued the tradition in Toronto, where the colourful feasts were a huge draw at his midtown bistro, Quince. Now van de Winkel and co-owner Jennifer Gittens have moved the Dutch-Indo cuisine to a venue of its own. At Little Sister, the menu sticks mainly to the kind of snacks you can eat with your hands: croquettes, skewers and Indonesian-style rendang tacos.
The Drinks: Tropical cocktails inspired by Balinese cuisine, plus wines chosen by Master Sommelier John Szabo.
The Place: The former linen shop has been transformed into a 1,200-square-foot, 48-seat restaurant. The long room is bright and airy with printed wallpaper, lots of rustic wooden furniture and splashes of bright orange (for the original Dutch flag).