More great restaurants that value the whole animal
20 Gibson (Markham), 905-604-8680
This Markham outpost of a Beijing-based restaurant is famous for its Gold Medal Roast Duck, so be prepared to wait a bit at the door if you don’t have reservations. The paper-thin, amber-coloured roasted skin is as crispy as a potato chip, and the dish comes with the usual accompaniments, like green onions, cucumber cut into matchsticks and, oddly, grapes. Get the whole duck experience by ordering duck bones ($2.88) – literally a plate of roasted duck bones with a peppery kick.
Hands down, this is one of the best takeout roast chicken dinners in the city. It’s moist, simply seasoned with lemon and herbs, the meat is tender and juicy, and it tastes great the next day shoved into a kaiser. (Save the bones to make a delicious broth.) Call ahead to order the whole (or half) roast chicken for pickup, which comes with two sides and dipping sauce.
Price $30 whole chicken, two sides, sauce $16 half
972 College, 647-341-6769, bestellen.ca, @BestellenTO
If you want to see a whole suckling pig at the table, Bestellen’s family-style whole pig dinner is the best option. It comes with all the fixin’s, like rolls, vegetables and dessert, and is the perfect meal for birthday parties or your Game Of Thrones fan club event. Reserve three days in advance.
Price $59 per person, eight people minimum