Cool Runnings is currently open for takeout and dine-in. There's hand sanitizer provided at the door. Staff members are wearing PPE.
After 17 years operating the Caribbean restaurant in the Upper Beaches, owner Aubin Cooper decided to launch another outpost serving the same hefty plates of Jamaican cuisine.
The saying 'cool runnings' has been well-utilized — there's the 1993 film about a Jamaican bobsled team and the Canadian spice distributor of the same name — but Cooper says the main takeaway of the patois phrase is a peaceful journey.The default at this corner takeout spot are orders to-go, but you can also have your dishes plated, and nicely at that. With the TV on and the fan running, it's a sleepy reprieve from Eglinton East.
The menu is more extensive than some grab-and-gos, with stews, baby back ribs, big seafood plates and meat combo platters as options.
We opt for the convenient go-tos. The jerk chicken is flavourful, and not spicy at all. Get it on a bed of rice and peas.
There are a number of roti options, including boneless chicken ($11.50). The shell is stretchy and durable, and holds the weighty amount of filling inside.
If plated, it's impossible to pick up. This hefty meal must be picked at with a knife and fork.
An order of tender oxtail ($15 for small, $18 for large) comes with a delicious gravy and a side of their not-too-creamy slaw.
The ackee and saltfish ($18) comes with rice, sliced tomatos, and a tasty, oily serving of the codfish, with bones. The sprig of rosemary is a nice touch.
They also have Caribbean-inspired ice cream flavours, like mango, key lime pie and orange pineapple. Real Deal Juice Co. provides some fresh refreshment in beet, carrot or peanut.