Little Sister: A little Indonesian gem near Yonge and Eglinton

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I had just moved to Yonge and Eglinton and I wanted to check out my new neighbourhood. At around 4 o’clock or so, I went for a little jaunt down Yonge Street. I walked south headed towards St. Clair and Yonge, but before I was even close to that intersection, I spied a little restaurant called Little Sister.

I was drawn to the signage. There was something simple and modern about the exterior aesthetic. I’m not gonna lie. There was also two gentlemen behind the bar wearing toques. We all have our weaknesses.

I made my way into the empty bar. They had just opened and were setting up shop. The bartender was in the process of getting his garnishes ready. I never knew there were so many ingredients involved in a good cocktail. To my delight, it was happy hour. They have happy hour from 4pm-6pm.

I decided to go for a beer on that cold winter day. It was $5 at the time instead of the usual $8. Also, their cocktails are also less expensive during this time. Since that December afternoon, I think I’ve tried almost all the cocktails on their menu. And I know I’ve eaten every food item in the restaurant. The Jakarta Mule is a refreshing for a summer day and if you’re a fan of bourbon, I’d go the Tamarind Sour.

I was drawn in by the design and the decor and the attractive servers but I stayed for the food and the welcoming atmosphere. At night, they light these candles that give your table a red hue. I usually sit at the bar and watch the bartender make drinks. I can taste the care in the beverages and the thought and creativity behind the dishes.

The dining style is tapas. For two hungry people, you could have 3-5 dishes. I would recommend the shrimp curry (udang kari) and the fried rice (nasi goreng). I’m also a fan of the grilled  fish (ikan bakar belado), but I am biased because I adore seafood. If you would like a refreshing salad, I’d go for the watermelon one. I’ve had that on the patio with a cold beer while I watched passersbys.

And go can’t go wrong with the chicken or beef (rendang) tacos or the wontons (pangsit). I told you. I’ve been there a lot. If you’re near midtown/uptown, check out Little Sister for the ambiance, the good food, and the delicious drinks. I’ll be the one sitting at the bar.