Fleets Food is a restaurant serving wholesome takeout eats for those craving home cooked meals without the cooking part.
Sitting on the first floor of a new condo full of students from nearby Ryerson, this airy space is a paradise for those who are too busy—or tired, or hungover—to get into the kitchen themselves.
If I were a resident in the building, I'd probably skip the dishes and head downstairs instead.
The menu here is chock full of high quality, convenient meals that draw inspiration from cultures worldwide, though owner Alex Fabro's Italian background and head chef Daisuke Gomyo's Japanese flair have the most influence over daily favourites.
Every day you'll find a hot table with a rotating selection of soup, like acorn squash ($3.99), stews such as veggie tagine ($3.99), some type of curry ($6.99), and entrées like eggplant parmigiano ($6.99).
Don't be fooled by the compactness of these takeout containers: given the portion and quality of the food, you are most definitely getting a bang for your buck.
Because of Fabro's butchering background, meat is brought whole from local farms like King Campon just outside of Newmarket and cut in-house.
You can even buy a whole de-boned roasted chicken ($14.99), but unlike the ones from Loblaws, you'll know exactly where it came from.
Japanese snack sides like chicken croquette ($3.50) and chicken karaage with yuzu garlic sauce ($4.80) make a strangely perfect accompaniment to more western entrées like the mac and cheese.
This popular dish is the definition of comfort food, using leek-infused béchamel cheese that's not heavy but definitely satisfying.Six grain rice is an important component of meals here, and the Japanese curry beef ($7.80) sits on a bed of it with a sous vide egg and ground beef.
And a katsu don ($7.80) is a delicious take on the Japanese classic with pork katsu, rice, and egg.Fridges here are stocked with Japanese sodas and eats, so you can stock up on some essentials while grabbing a bite.
There's bento boxes like the saba fish bento ($13), a well-balanced meal with house-cured wild mackerel and an assortment of sides, along with glass bottles of coke and Ramune.
They even offer frozen versions of their entrées, and tubs of red bean or green tea ice cream ($7.99) for sale.
While the menu here is seasonal and will continue to rotate and expand, you can expect the quality here to remain consistently reliable and convenient.