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Delux

Posted by Staff / Listed on August 10, 2012 / review policy

Delux TorontoDelux must be doing something right. We went in for the Cubano Lunch last Saturday at 2pm and were surprised to walk into a full house. Established on Lower Ossington since 2008, this continued success reveals consistency.

The first thing worth mentioning is the service. With only one person to greet and seat, take the orders, make the drinks (including blended cocktails and specialty coffees) bring the food and then the cheque; we were far more stressed out watching him than he was running around. He didn't just keep his cool, but served with personality and a smile. But not many people can handle such a large section and if that's how they normally staff the place, complaints about service or wait-times are inevitable.

Delux Restaurant TorontoThe menu is fairly limited: oysters, conch fritters and empanadas to start; two salads; four sandwiches; the Cuban dinner includes roast pork, rice, beans and a plantain salad; both green and ripe fried plantains; and either crème brûlée or donuts for dessert. Still, it's a nice selection considering the prices and portions allow you to sample a few dishes. Featured cocktails include a mojito and a mango mimosa.

We opt for the ultimate-Reuben-like Pressed Cubano (for $10 it comes highly recommended if you look to the comments below) over the Cubano Medianoche ($8). Both sandwiches are filled with cider cured pork shoulder, ham and gruyere, but the latter is too much bun. The Cubano Special includes the pressed sandwich, skinny fries with dip, and a bottle of Coca-Cola ($15).

Delux Restaurant OssingtonThe jicama, cucumber, radish and green apple salad ($4/$8) is dressed in a light vinaigrette. Crunchy and refreshing, it makes a nice side to the richer foods, but is not quite a satisfying main.

Who can resist plantains done right? We tried both versions. The fried green plantains ($3) come crisp and salty like a potato chip. Two out of our group of three preferred the classic fried ripe plantains ($3), soft and caramel sweet for dessert.

Delux Ossington

Be sure to save room for the coffee and mini-donuts sprinkled in granulated sugar ($6). You can get them to go, and the Chantilly and dulce de leche for dipping is irresistible.

Standard wait-times, tasty food and a lively atmosphere. Delux delivers a good experience and is worth adding into a regular brunch or lunch rotation.

Delux Ossington TorontoWriting and photos by Megan Leahy

Discussion

17 Comments

Jaime Verk / June 25, 2008 at 12:05 pm
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This place is AWSOME.

One of the best meals I've had in Toronto in a long time.

The Cubano Sandwich is off the hook.

I would never order chicken in a resto, but this one is worth it.

Also tried the duck, and the scallops were very nice.

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies were yum, but I wish they gave me more milk.

Can't wait to go back
madcap / August 9, 2009 at 10:35 pm
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best meal i've ever had in toronto - would be a contender in nyc if it were there.
dfens / December 9, 2009 at 09:38 am
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"Cuban influences"? More like a french restaurant with a Cuban sandwich on the menu. Cuban influences, you'd expect to see spice, oregano, beans & rice, plantain... nowhere to be seen.


It is an epic sandwich, don't get me wrong! But that people keep saying "cuban-influenced french" is just plain wrong.
SSidi / March 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm
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Excellent Meal!! Had the Braised Veal Cheeks. It was really tender to the point where I could feel it dissolve in my mouth... just melted away. My girlfriend had the Steak Frites. Also really nice. Good Job Delux. I will be going back pretty soon. P.S. the Cuban Coffee Creme Brulee was also amazing!!!! My girlfriend usually hates creme brulee of any sort but she made mine disappear quite quickly.
Alessandro / May 12, 2010 at 10:52 am
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I just tried their new Cuban Lunch! really awesome and glad that there's a new lunch option on Ossington other than Pho and Pizza. We had the short rib tart, split a pressed Cubano and Medianoche (midnight snack!) and had coffee and donuts for dessert. service was casual and pleasant. cant wait to go back.
ShaZam / November 9, 2010 at 12:46 am
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This place is TOTALLY overrated. The food is competent but the service is sloppy, the prices are high and the seating is brutal. Don't waste your time OR money here.
Samayita / February 19, 2011 at 03:32 pm
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I love this place. had lunch a desserts here a few times, and they never disappoint.
Linda / March 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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This is one of the best restaurants in toronto. The steak is heavenly and the oysters are aways fresh. Service is friendly and accomodating. My only dislike is their choice in music.
James / August 10, 2012 at 10:11 am
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I'm absolutely baffled by the ratings on this website. The review seems very positive, but the rating is a mere 2.4 of 5.

For what it's worth, I *love* this restaurant. I do my best to swing by for lunch whenever I get the chance. The Cuban medianoche is amazing.
Brandon / August 10, 2012 at 10:18 am
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I've been here twice for brunch. Service is great, but im always really bummed out by the food afterward.
poh / August 10, 2012 at 05:37 pm
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The Cuban Sandwich is actually more representative of the Cuban communities in South Florida and the Tampa area than Cuba.
jam / August 11, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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I've been here about five times over the past two years and consistently have great food and service. Hands down one of the best overall restaurants in the city. Their steak is the best I've had in Toronto.
lulu replying to a comment from James / August 12, 2012 at 11:43 am
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The ratings shown are an average of readers' ratings, not the author's.
Sami K / August 26, 2012 at 05:33 pm
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I was lucky enough to spend a good portion of a Friday afternoon here a few weeks ago. The donuts were a warm, beautiful medley of textures: sweet, but by no means cloying, and complimented perfectly by the dulce de leche and cream. The coffee was strong and smooth, and the atmosphere was comfortable for getting a bit of work done on my own. My server, a wonderfully friendly gentleman, all but insisted I take as long as I wanted to settle the bill, so I didn't have to go back out into the pouring rain. It was awesome.
Sarah / April 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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I went here for brunch/lunch with a couple of friends and was very impressed. Beautiful decor, good service. I ordered the cafe con leche -- heavenly -- and a plate with chorizo, poached eggs, beans and rice, plantains and salad. Some items (conch fritters, rice and beans) were slightly overseasoned, but overall everything was good and prices were fair for the location and quality. Nice place to chill out on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy a few drinks with friends. I'll definitely be back to check out their dinner menu.
Melanie / September 20, 2013 at 04:13 pm
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Just had brunch at Delux this past Sunday and it was to die for!
Mike / January 11, 2014 at 08:40 pm
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We just came from dinner at Delux. Wonderful service, great atmosphere, and the food was spectacular. We were there for almost 3 hours- not because the service took long, but bc we were having a long and delightful date night. The servers came promptly when needed, and otherwise left us to our own devices. We had a bottle of wine, cocktails, shared some apps, two mains, and dessert. Everything was delicious.

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