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karin May 11, 2006 09:35 PM

My daughter is visiting and wants to find some delicious roti here. Any ideas?

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    fryerlover Oct 26, 2010 08:16 AM

    Calabash in Mississauga (on Erin Mills) makes great roti.

    1. kimd60 Apr 26, 2010 10:46 AM

      My recommendation:

      ISLAND FOODS --- ( King/Dufferin) or (Don Mills/York Mills)Traditional West Indian Roti - The Boneless Chicken DELISHIOUS!!

      GANDHI ---(Queen& Bathurst) Their East Indian - Butter-Chicken Roti is amazing!!!


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      1. re: kimd60
        mrgrog Oct 25, 2010 10:37 AM

        ACR Roti and Doubles Lawrence and Midland in Scarborough Excellent weekend special for Roti

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        HalibutRon Feb 20, 2009 08:05 PM

        Delicious Delight Caribbean Café in the north Beaches at Main & Gerrard.
        Well, I can't post a review yet, 'cause all I've had there so far is a beef pattie (very good). The owner Claire seems really nice, and as we talked, I watched her making cod cakes and roti and other goodies.
        Full report next week after I've had goat roti & fresh sorrel for lunch.
        Google map at

        Delicious Delight Caribbean Cafe
        162 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E2V8, CA

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          lanourriture Mar 12, 2008 09:16 PM

          Gandhi is still awesome. There is some day to day variability but everyone I know has loved it. Keep in mind that the medium spicy is quite hot. For most spice rookies I would recommend the mild.

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          1. re: lanourriture
            theresah Feb 10, 2009 09:40 AM

            how about Albert's Real Jamaican Food at St. Clair and Vaughn. I have always loved this place.

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              Minister of Kebab Apr 8, 2010 03:16 PM

              Alberts has great patties, decent jerk...but avoid the chicken roti, last couple i've had the chicken had been boiled beyond stringy and blah.

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            Rob N Feb 26, 2008 01:33 PM

            Sorry for joining the discussion a tad late but I came across it and I felt compelled to toss in my 2 cents.
            Roti Hut on Pitfield is pretty great, they're roti's always top-notch and not too oily nor too dry (I stick to boneless chicken pretty much everywhere).
            I haven't been to Mona's in ages but they're great too, a bit better than Roti Hut IMHO.
            And Ali's on Queen in Parkdale is great, they never disappoint and they have a really versatile menu with something to please everyone.
            What's really surprised me though is that no one's mentioned Roti King!
            They're at 1688 Eglinton Avenue West, between Dufferin and Oakwood and on the north side. They have by far the best roti I've ever had. Their doubles are absolutely amazing too, but they're not always available so call ahead if you're really jonesing for some (416-781-8432). Prices are reasonable (around $7 I think) and portions are huge, so you'll definitely not leave hungry. They also have Oxtail and other dishes but I haven't had them so I can't really comment. It's a great place to pop in for a beer too, I used to work across the street and would have lunch there every Friday. Everything about the place is as authentic as authentic gets and you can either get take-out or eat-in. So check this place out, I guarantee you'll love it!

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            1. re: Rob N
              Mike Tyson Feb 28, 2008 02:58 PM

              hi Rob N, is Roti King near the library??? Across the street kind of?

              I remember there used to be a Chinese Jamaican lady named "Ms Chin" who had a grocery store/restaurant. She had everything man. jerk chicken, oxtail, curry goat, rice and peas, chicken wings, curry chicken, ackee and saltfish, soups, etc etc.

              She closed down I think though sigh. It was on Eglinton across from Roti King too..

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                Little T Mar 12, 2008 03:54 PM

                I did try Roti King a couple weeks ago but by the time i went (maybe 8pm-ish) they were out of doubles boo.

                Has anyone been to Gandhi lately? Went last night for butter chicken roti and was disappointed. The chicken wasn't as soft as i'd like, i noticed a couple new ladies on staff too. I'm hoping it was just a bad night cause i really liked that place, think it was part of Toronto Life's 100 Tastes too.

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                vodka Feb 10, 2008 11:48 AM

                My favourite roti is definitely in Port of Spain! When I'm there and ask for a veggie roti, I get to choose my fillings from a wide selection. I find too often then what I'm in Toronto, I have to pay extra to get more than one filling. I had a decent dhalpourri roti from Ali's at this thread's suggestion, and I paid $3 extra for a variety of fillings. I agree with what someone said: too much shell.

                Coconut Grove is my personal preference, but I haven't tried everywhere. They are very friendly, very affordable and you can mix and match fillings. I usually get every veggie filling except the potato. Messy but delicious and filling. The skins can get a little greasy but they taste authentic.

                I'm going to try to hop a ride to Scarborough to get my next roti fix.

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                1. re: vodka
                  Mike Tyson Feb 10, 2008 07:26 PM

                  lol... also some places overdue the filling... too much filling overwhelms the roti experience haha.

                  same with too much roti shell.

                  its gotta have a fine balance between filling and shell.

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                  yaddayadda Jan 12, 2008 02:11 PM

                  Tried the boneless chicken roti at Kammy's The Roti Hut in Scarberia (Pitfield Rd.) Wow! Roti the way it was meant to be. Juicy, substantial, just the right amount of curry, delicious, I'll be going back.

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                    yaddayadda Feb 10, 2009 08:08 AM

                    Update: Went to Kammy's again recently. The place is renovated and has been extended into a more proper dining facility (they took over the adjacent shop). However, the food seems to have suffered as a result. Not as juicy and delicious as I remember it. Too bad.

                    Anyone have any new favourites (other than Gandhi, I mean)?

                    1. re: yaddayadda
                      airsey Feb 10, 2009 08:52 AM

                      It's not roti per se nor is it new; however, the paratha wraps at Eastern Twist at St. Clair and Bathurst do not receive anywhere near the attention that they should from the Chowhound community.

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                        Yongeman Feb 20, 2009 04:58 AM

                        I've driven past Eastern Twist so many times and always been curious. Is it a kind of fusion place like, say, New York Subway 'burritos'? Delicious, but hard to pigeon-hole.

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                          jnine Apr 8, 2010 03:29 PM

                          Go to Eastern Twist and get a butter chicken roti. It is the most delicious wrap I've ever had, always consistent. The same person makes it every time, and I've NEVER had a bad experience. Had one today for lunch, and I always say WOW, this is even better than I remember. Mild white meat butter chicken in a tomato cream sauce, but without the extra fat of a traditional northern indian sauce. The parantha wrap is grilled to order, and blistery soft and chewy. The toppings are brilliant; lettuce, tomato, raitha, cilantro, onions, and carrot achar (spicy indian pickle).

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                    alexdg Dec 13, 2007 05:58 AM

                    Gahndi hands down. I've been going there for well over 7 years now. Malai kofta, saad paneer are the best imo. Butter chicken is great too, never regret it.

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                      dr_t Dec 3, 2007 10:20 PM

                      gandhi for sure. it's indian.
                      if she likes caribbean, go to pam's caribbean kitchen. she's a wonderful lady and makes her own pepper sauce i believe. the 3 vegetable roti is good—be sure to include squash! (personal favourite).

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                        flibbertygibbet Dec 3, 2007 12:41 PM

                        I was at Island Foods the other day and somebody ordered just a roti with some goat curry sauce. Do most places do this? This would be an awesome cheap snack. I think they charged like $2 for it.

                        Also want to comment on Caribbean Roti Palace. The food is fine, though certainly not my first choice, but the lady who's been working the cash the most for the past while (i used to always get a different person before) really has to work on her customer service. While not outright rude, she isn't the least bit friendly and gives the impression that she wants to nickel and dime people. This has happened more than once when i've been in. Not a good way to build a customer base. Maybe she doesn't like my look or something *shrug*.

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                          psyrel Nov 27, 2007 06:42 PM

                          I like Caribbean Roti Palace, they're Trini and everything is pretty authentic (and yummy). I occasionally order a dozen dhalpouri shells from them and these keep well in the freezer.

                          Oh, the filling in dhalpouri is made from ground yellow split peas, not lentils or chickpeas as mentioned before.

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                            helenhelen Mar 2, 2007 11:57 AM

                            i like bacchus, ali's, and island foods.

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                            1. re: helenhelen
                              Connoisseur Nov 27, 2007 06:12 AM

                              As always Finnegan is in the zone. The Roti Hut, Scarborough is in a class alone. they have a wide selection of Roti to choose from and the Doubles OMG they are worth the trip alone....

                            2. vorpal Feb 25, 2007 10:00 AM

                              Does anyone know if the butter chicken roti at Gandhi has the traditional tandoori red food colouring in it? I'd love to try it but I'm not going to bother making the trek if it turns out I can't eat it.

                              1. Finnegan Feb 23, 2007 10:28 AM

                                Roti in Scarborough...two of the best by far is the ROTI HUT at 351 Pitfield Rd. (Scarbnorough) in the McCowan/ Sheppard area...it ain't fancy inside, but it is authentic west indian roti....ALSO....Mona's on Sheppard

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                                1. re: Finnegan
                                  berbere Oct 13, 2007 05:42 PM

                                  Just came back from my first visit to Roti Hut; had the potato/channa roti and doubles -- i've had as good a roti elsewhere (island foods, coconut grove, etc) but wow, was completely blown away by the doubles! what a brilliant, beautiful thing!! it really was beyond anything I had imagined from the descriptions of doubles i found here: the deep fried "bread" sandwiching a filling of channa curry was so perfectly greaseless and light, despite having a solidity; it looked at first glance like a profiterole with a crustier texture but biting into it reminded me of a hot dumpling at The Real Jerk, only lighter...yum. i thought it strange when the guy ahead of me in line ordered 5 doubles then when he got his order, just sat down and started downing them one by one... i think i would have done the same had i not ordered the roti (which was quite large) - very much recommend a visit to this place for the doubles alone....

                                  I will have to try Mona's on Sheppard -- does anyone know if Linstead Market on Sheppard is still in business? their jerk chicken was pretty awesome ten years ago...

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                                  gentilesque Feb 23, 2007 10:12 AM

                                  There's a guyanese woman who sells organic goat and veggie roti at the dufferin grove farmer's market on thursday afternoon. delicious. firestoker foods--i think she has a website, too.

                                  1. Non Doctor Jan 25, 2007 10:29 AM

                                    I sampled Roti Lady on Cowan in Parkdale last night.

                                    Had an oxtail dinner... it was simply stunning!!!

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                                      Mike Tyson Dec 4, 2006 02:02 AM

                                      As for Coconut Grove. I will have to say I never tried their roti before. I have tried their jerk chicken, oxtail, king fish and stuff over rice. To be truthful, they seem to skip out on the spices and herbs. So it is kind of unflavourful. Though for $2.99 who am I to complain? I just usually add some black pepper, salt, hot sauce and maybe soy sauce and put it in the microwave at home to heat up and make taste better.

                                      Maybe Coconut Grove is more known for their roti and curry than their jerk or oxtail. I like their mauby drink though.

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                                        moondoggie Nov 6, 2006 01:58 AM

                                        Coconut grove is the best flavor and value rotis. Also the best selection of veggies. I love their rotis. Ali's is good too

                                        Bachuus used to be good. I don't know what happened to them. the prices went up and the portions went down. They used to be so fresh tasting but now I agree that the flavours are sort of murky.

                                        Coconut grove at dundas and bay near the bus station, is run by lovely people.
                                        I really like it. Great spinach/potato roti, yes.

                                        The place on bathurst at bloor is very good too.


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                                          Uncle Bobby Nov 3, 2006 09:25 PM

                                          Get out of the downtown headspace. Best roti is in Scarborough and has been since before I graduated high school in 1983! If you want Trini/Guyanese food, go where they live. Port of Spain, Georgetown or Scarborough. The tea grannies at North Toronto Life are never going to steer you right.

                                          Channaman -- Midland and Eglinton, NW corner. Do not eat there -- get take-out -- because there are always a few loud guys drinking around the counter. And the toilets are a mess. But the food is delicious! And it's the *only* place I've been in Toronto where they do the roti-bread fresh on a skillet. Choice of plain (bread only) or dahlpourri (with crumbled chick peas baked inside) rotis. I still crave their potato balls and sour (sauce). Their curry on rice would be better if they used a better quality rice.

                                          Roland's -- Eglinton on the NE corner of McCowan. Extensive menu includes W.I.-style Chinese. Dahlpourri rotis only. Food marginally less enjoyable, but it's a much better restaurant to sit down in. Counter service.

                                          Triple J -- Kingston Road, north side, just west of Midland. Not fresh rotis, but nice family-run place has wonderful curries and generous portions. A few counter seats, but basically take-out.

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                                          1. re: Uncle Bobby
                                            YummyYummy Nov 3, 2006 11:04 PM

                                            OK, you recommended these 3 places before on another roti thread some time ago. Because of you I've tried both Channaman's and Roland's, but have yet to try Triple J. Will do in the near future and report back...

                                            Admittedly, I really liked the superior food at Channaman's and was not too impressed with Roland's. Hahaha, you're absolutely right it's not a place to dine at. Definitely order your food for take-out. Was really happy with Channaman's because the goat roti was delicious, huge and affordable. Plus, I got the pepperpot dinner to go as well. It was EXCELLENT!!! :) So far, Channaman's the only place I've found that serves pepperpot so I'll definitely be coming back. Anyone know of other places that have Guyanese pepperpot on their menu?

                                            Anyway, I don't believe Channaman's roti was actually better than Vena's at Bloor/Lansdowne. God, when I walk into Vena's it just smells divine like the kitchen of Heaven. In my humblest opinion, Vena's are definitely the best rotis! However, I can't complain about a huge, huge goat roti priced at $5.50 plus tax at Channaman's. You really get your money's worth there! ;)

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                                              YummyYummy Sep 20, 2009 11:31 AM

                                              Was in Scarborough so I paid a visit to this old gem Channaman's that I first visited 3 years ago. Anyway, the goat roti I got was just exceptional. The food is still great. My only complaint was the prices have gone up. My goat roti cost exactly $7.50 with taxes included, that is a whole $2.00 of inflation in 3 years. Go figure! :( Anyway, the food still AWESOME!!!

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                                            capiscum Nov 3, 2006 09:12 PM

                                            trini girl here (born in TO but the parents and excessive amounts of aunts and uncles have still got the accent) and i have to say, first of all, that you don't get great roti downtown. whoever said the TL roundup was typical white bread and you don't go to Jamaican places for roti - THANK YOU. agree, agree, agree.

                                            so my picks are both in the 'burbs
                                            Mona's Roti - 4810 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough - (416) 412-1200

                                            Drupati Double & Roti - 975 Albion Road, Etobicoke - (416) 745-4189 - this is my absolute favourite, and she also does have THE BEST doubles other than those made by an aunt of mine. and PLEASE never eat doubles from the Jamaican bakery in Kensington market unless you are DESPERATE (which i sometimes am, but it always disappoints)

                                            downtown, i guess Vena's is ok (alright they're good but they are, ahem Guyanese ;) it's just not the same)

                                            if you're eating in, it's bare bones, but believe me, worth the drive.

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                                            1. re: capiscum
                                              RobT.O. Oct 12, 2007 07:59 AM

                                              I agree that Drupati's in Rexdale is awesome. They're the benchmark that other Trini restaurants should be guaged by.

                                              I am now curious about trying Ali's since it has been mentioned on several occasions above, and it sounds like they have a similar menu to Drupati's.

                                              1. re: RobT.O.
                                                pinstripeprincess Oct 12, 2007 08:27 AM

                                                i found the ali's rotis understuffed and far too many layers of roti bread, which made it dry for most of the bites. the potato to goat ratio was alright but leaning more towards the potato side of things. the roti pastry was well cooked but there just wasn't very much to it.

                                                after a side by side comparison of two in one evening, the roti palace beat out ali's for sure.

                                                if you're in that area anyway, give the goat roti at roti lady a try. i find her roti breads are a bit undercooked but the goat curry inside is just delicious! meaty, tender and beautifully spiced.

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                                                  deabot Nov 25, 2007 03:50 PM

                                                  Where is the roti lady? Want to try this place out! thanks.

                                                  1. re: deabot
                                                    pinstripeprincess Dec 28, 2007 09:07 AM

                                                    hey! i seemed to have missed this. roti lady is at 269 dunn ave which is just a touch south of queen st west at dunn.


                                                    hope you like it!

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                                              Gogun Nov 3, 2006 05:52 PM

                                              Further Roti Thoughts:

                                              >> "Ewwww! Bacchus is so watered down! Most of the people who eat there are not even West Indian! It is mostly Whites who like cheese in the rotis"

                                              Yeah... I can see this point... I still like it...

                                              ALSO: I highly second the motion for Ritz's being one of the best Veggie Rotis around... and for some reason I favour the Yonge/Carleton-College location the most. Maybe it's the fact they include a coleslaw side with the roti whereas other locations don't, and that it seems usually fresher & better made.

                                              I will be checking out Island Foods & Coconut Grove after reading all this, thanks!

                                              I do like Ghandi a whole lot, but can't really afford it as a quick & easy & affordable place to eat. It's definitely good quality & made from scratch & well... but it's also so very expensive now...

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                                                Gogun Nov 3, 2006 05:35 PM

                                                I'm a big Bacchus fan, myself, and would vote for it...

                                                It IS heavy, but being an eater who likes good sized portions, I find that I am not wanting for a snack for a while after eating it, and you don't have to finish the whole thing if you don't want.

                                                If I remember correctly, you can find things such as Shrimp Roti there... so there's the odd specialty item that is good for variety; not just the usual veggie/beef/goat/chicken only option. They have cheese & also lots of different veggies, if I remember correctly.

                                                Also, the thing that I love about Bacchus is the roti shell, which I believe is homemade & sooooo tasty in and of itself.

                                                Yup. Bacchus big thumbs up. I also forgot that Vena's is at Bloor & Landsdowne... is that the same Vena's that used to be on Queen? The people who run that place are amazing & the food is good there, too.


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                                                  amburke Nov 3, 2006 05:26 PM

                                                  If your daughter can travel a little west of Toronto. In Mississauga there is a place called Calabash. They are located north of QEW and Erin Mills parkway. On the west side of Erin Mills.

                                                  A little further west is Kori's Roti Shop in Oakville. The absolute best!

                                                  Both of these locations are my favorite and never let me down.

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                                                  1. re: amburke
                                                    FishinWitGummyWorms Aug 31, 2011 08:25 PM

                                                    A little late (five years), but agreed that Kori's in Oakville WAS the very best by far. Since one of the sons or SOL took over operations a couple of years ago the quality dropped somewhat, but is still excellent roti.

                                                    Rolands used to be hot 30 years ago, and while they have remained genrally consistent, the city has grown up and quality of other places has caught up to them. The guyanese lo mein n' tings is the reason to go, not the roti. While passable, it is far from spectacular.

                                                    Find a Trini roti shop - Trini roti is the best. If you can't find Trini then settle for Guyanese, but don't accept Jamaican roti; to far away from de real ting.

                                                  2. mrbozo Oct 11, 2006 05:03 PM

                                                    Caribean Roti Palace on the west side of Bathurst just south of Bloor makes tasty Trinidadian-style rotis. I've had the channa, goat, and beef rotis. All flavourful and filling.

                                                    Coconut Grove on Dundas near University is another favourite.

                                                    1. jennjen18 Oct 4, 2006 04:01 PM

                                                      Wasnt there a place in Scarborough that served some sort of Indian food (I'm not sure whether roti was on the menu) that everyone liked a while back? I can't seem to find the thread... It was in north Scarborough, if I can remember.. and made it onto the CBC food critic thingy.. someone help me out?

                                                      Oh.. just found out--Eastern Twist at Steeles and Markham Road.

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                                                        erly Oct 4, 2006 10:26 AM

                                                        Roti Lady is by far the best of the three.
                                                        I even prefer the roti itself, which has a more delicate flavour and a lighter texture.
                                                        Baacus way to heavy, and I never have unnderstood the layer of cornmeal (or something very similar) on Ali's.
                                                        Baacus - Ali's - Roti Lady, all close to-gether.
                                                        Problem with Roti Lady, take out only, compared to the other two which have a comfortable seating area.
                                                        Also it is kind of a messy looking place.

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                                                        1. re: erly
                                                          YummyYummy Oct 4, 2006 02:26 PM

                                                          I belong to another board and it was written that the Roti Lady's daughter working there is HOT. Can you confirm this? If it's true I'll visit for a roti in that neighbourhood and they'll have a new customer. LOL ;) The only bad thing I heard about the Roti Lady was her portions were small, but still cheap in price. I guess it's a trade-off?

                                                          So far, I still love Vena's at Bloor and Lansdowne. No complaints about the affordable price and great portions! :)

                                                          1. re: erly
                                                            Mike Tyson Jan 13, 2008 10:53 AM

                                                            its not cornmeal. Its chickpea mashed up and added in between the roti layers.

                                                            1. re: Mike Tyson
                                                              Food Tourist Jan 13, 2008 11:08 AM

                                                              Dhalpuri is stuffed with yellow split peas or lentils as the name suggests.

                                                              Chickpeas are used in the filling of doubles.

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                                                            flipp Oct 4, 2006 12:55 AM

                                                            I'm also a fan of Vena's. I usually get beef or chicken with squash and spinach. Vena is a really nice, laid back woman who always remembers you and what you usually order.

                                                            Anyone been to the Roti Lady on one of the side streets in Parkdale (Cowan, maybe?) - I've heard good things but haven't made it there yet.

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                                                              YummyYummy Oct 3, 2006 08:21 PM

                                                              This big list with several locations may be helpful if you are on a hunt :)


                                                              1. Food Tourist Oct 3, 2006 05:06 PM

                                                                I just heard that Alima's Roti on Kenview Blvd (near Steeles and Goreway/Finch) has amazing, authentic Trini roti and doubles, just like in Trinidad. (I was also told to ask for the cucumber sauce.) The other great roti place recommended by my Trini colleague is Simmas on Derry Road, at Goreway. He recommends the roti and doubles at both places and claims they are better than Drupati's. I will investigate and report back.

                                                                As for Patty King in Kensington Market, their kept-warm doubles are horrible. I did however have a really good goat roti on St. Clair just east of Runnymede on the south side at Jamaica Jamaica Jerk! D&D and Drupati's are my other favourite places overall so far.

                                                                I always thought that doubles were so named because they are made with TWO puris/baras sandwiching the chickpea mixture!

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                                                                1. re: Food Tourist
                                                                  Food Tourist Oct 11, 2006 12:49 AM

                                                                  Got a boneless goat roti ($6.99) and doubles ($1.25) from Simmas this evening. The fillings came straight out of a non-steaming steam tray and crock pot, so the result was disappointing. Too much pepper sauce made the goat roti a bit too hot, but the meat was mostly tender and flavourful. Doubles were decent but not the best I've tasted, maybe because they weren't heated thoroughly. Would have been much better with freshly made dhal puri (a bit dry), barras and fillings. Not a chowfind!

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                                                                  cookbook Aug 15, 2006 02:51 AM

                                                                  For a truly inspired Roti- try Kori's Roti Stop in Oakville- it's worth the drive! Her Roti's have even made it to Europe- they are that popular! Her doubles are also great- and Kori herself is a lovely woman from Trinidad. She makes her own curries and roti shells fresh Every Day!

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                                                                    Little T Aug 14, 2006 09:22 PM

                                                                    After a while went to Gandhi last night. I like the butter chicken and huge portions but its pricey, $12 for roti, $13 for rice. The dish could last two meals but i'm too greedy and eat everything at once. Next time think i'll skip the butter chicken and get a $7-8 roti, you get the same portion and its easier on the wallet, i can get my butter chicken fix elsewhere.

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                                                                    1. re: Little T
                                                                      jennjen18 Aug 15, 2006 04:36 AM

                                                                      Same portion for a lower price?

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                                                                        Little T Aug 17, 2006 04:48 PM

                                                                        To clarify its the butter chicken that's pricey, butter chicken with roti or rice $12/13. Any other dish ie chicken or potato or cauliflower is cheaper for $7/8. Same huge portion for all dishes.

                                                                        1. re: Little T
                                                                          jamie Aug 17, 2006 04:57 PM

                                                                          I went to Gandhi for the first time this weekend and had the chicken jalfrezi roti ($10). The sticker shock caught me off guard (especially for the dishes previously mentioned in this thread), but I figured why not?

                                                                          I was surprised at how the spicy "medium" was, in the "heat overpowers everything" sense. Also surprised that it contained a hefty amount of green peas (as "jalfrezi", I was expecting peppers and tomatoes). Still, it was very tasty and filling. The packaging (a tin foil container) makes it ideal to take home and freeze.

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                                                                      pocky Jul 21, 2006 07:39 PM

                                                                      Went to Gandhi recently and the prices have gone up on the popular dishes. For the chicken & lamb rotis, they are now $7.95+tax, the chicken tikka masala rotis are now $10.95+tax, and the butter chicken rotis are now $11.95+tax. I do like the rotis and agree that they are a nice size serving, but think they are quite pricey now. I am sure there must be another place that is just as good and I can save a few dollars. Where should I turn to? Coconut Grove? Island Foods?

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                                                                      1. re: pocky
                                                                        John Manzo Aug 15, 2006 03:50 PM

                                                                        Like some people have pointed out, Gandhi is EAST Indian (like Timothy's in Cabbagetown, which sold east indian wrap rotis, at least when I lived in Toronto) and their cuisine is very different from Trinidadian or Guyanese roti. For a "cheaper" experience, you'd just go to an inexpensive Indian place like Moti Mahal, get buutter chicken (or whatever), get naan and wrap it up. No Trini roti place is going to sell tikka "roti."

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                                                                        joudit Jul 19, 2006 06:43 PM

                                                                        just to correct. the roti you are refering to is called Dahlpurri. The filling is usually made with lentils as you mentioned and is spiced with Cumin.

                                                                        Any of the trinidadian Roti places in toronto will carry this type of Roti.

                                                                        Ali's roti, mentioned several times above, is a great place to go for trini style cooking. The owner is from tirinidad and offers several authentic types of roti with his curries. Dahlpurri (see description above), a type called buss up shot, which is buttery, and flaky and is served in pieces and Sada roti, which is a plain every day home cooking type roti served in trinidad.

                                                                        Ali's also offers several traditional dishes that you can't find in a lot of other roti shops in the city. Besides the doubles mentioned in some of the other postings, they carry Alloe pie. This is roti dough stuffed with a spicy potato mixture, deep fried and served slathered with some tamarin chutney.

                                                                        They also carry currents roll!

                                                                        I know I'm gushing about it, but being from trnindad, it really is the closest I've come in the city to mom and dad's home cooking.

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                                                                        1. re: joudit
                                                                          John Manzo Aug 15, 2006 03:52 AM

                                                                          Don't forget dosti roti!!

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                                                                          SarahBHood Jul 19, 2006 05:37 PM

                                                                          Bacchus is Guyanese.

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                                                                            shesto Jul 18, 2006 06:54 PM

                                                                            I've tried Bacchus roti several times and have never been impressed, I don't get what all the hype is about. Not very flavourful and the food sits unpleasantly heavy in my stomach. Vena's (on Bloor a bit east of Lansdowne) is much tastier and better, sometimes the lady apologizes for the wait because she's making fresh roti bread! Oh no, fresh bread :) Trust me it's worth the wait. They make their own hot sauce too which is pretty hot and nicely tangy. Their curry goat is so good, I also go for chicken squash and spinach which is rich and a bit sweet from the squash. mmm mmm good.

                                                                            I haven't tried Gandhi in years but with all the good reviews I will try it again soon.

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                                                                            1. re: shesto
                                                                              human Jul 19, 2006 05:23 PM

                                                                              A great roti with phouluri(sp?) bread, the kind with the lentils in is at Roti roti at Albion just east of Islington, south side. Excellent.

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                                                                                Mike Tyson Jan 13, 2008 10:51 AM

                                                                                agreed 100% about Bacchus, overhyped. They claim to be Guyanese styled roti...

                                                                                but it is nothing like the stuff my ex Guyanese gf's parents/relatives/friends make....

                                                                                1. re: shesto
                                                                                  nevermeasure Sep 17, 2011 01:15 PM

                                                                                  I agree! 3 people recommended Bacchus to me after I moved to Parkdale. Went there. It's like a burrito without good layers. Just one big layer of pureed goo. What is the big idea? It's like gravy without any meat.

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                                                                                  Calam1ty Jul 14, 2006 12:49 AM

                                                                                  Coconut Grove
                                                                                  (416) 348-8887
                                                                                  183 Dundas Street West

                                                                                  Without question. The Guyanese (followed by Trinidian) know how to make roti, at least the way I like it. There's also a place out in Scarborough that has Guyanese Chinese food and roti that's amazing but I don't have a car so never go out there. Gandhi is not really roti (it's east indian curry in a skin) and Bacchus is too vinegary and Jamaican roti is just not to my taste. Any other Coconut Grove fans out there? (My fav is boneless chicken and eggplant combo)

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                                                                                  1. re: Calam1ty
                                                                                    Webdude Jul 19, 2006 03:15 PM

                                                                                    Ditto on the "absolutely" on Coconut Grove. I've been a fan for almost 10 years, since the original spot at Yonge and Dundas. Great food, cheap, and a roti bigger than your head. Lots of veggie options. And the owners are genuinely nice people.

                                                                                    The other place I've been frequenting is The Ritz. A couple of locations downtown (both on the west side of Yonge Street, between Bloor and College). There's also one in the East York Town Centre on Overlea.

                                                                                    Not only the best veggie rotis I've found (including callaloo), but a choice of hot sauces.

                                                                                    Mmm. I just made my decision about today's lunch.

                                                                                    1. re: Webdude
                                                                                      Statikkk Feb 23, 2007 10:03 AM

                                                                                      I tried the boneless chicken roti at The Ritz in East York Town Centre yesterday - good size and price at 5.75, but it paled in comparison to most other rotis I've had. Island Foods beat this hands down. A shame since their jerk chicken is one of my favourite lunches - $5 gets you a half pound of chicken.

                                                                                    2. re: Calam1ty
                                                                                      Little T Aug 11, 2006 03:34 PM

                                                                                      Calam1ty, where's the place in Scarboro & what's it called?

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                                                                                        Little T Aug 22, 2006 05:47 PM

                                                                                        Could someone tell me Coconut Grove's hours, can i go there for dinner after work? How about space, can i bring a group for lunch or is takeout best? Thanks in advance.

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                                                                                        GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:51 PM

                                                                                        Mr. Jerk map link: http://foodpages.ca/16824?showmap=1&a...

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                                                                                          pimentdespelette Jul 13, 2006 04:51 PM

                                                                                          Just got my August Toronto Life. They have a thing on the five best roti.

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                                                                                            Davwud Jul 13, 2006 05:34 PM

                                                                                            Do tell.


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                                                                                              sasgirl Jul 13, 2006 05:54 PM


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                                                                                                fickle Jul 13, 2006 06:04 PM

                                                                                                I agree with the Caribbean Roti Palace, they make a great boneless chicken one. I'll have to try the goat roti at Mr Jerk, I usually get the veggie one and it's not that strong. The best veggie one I've found is Island Foods on King, east of Dufferin. They make a mean spinach and eggplant roti, especially if you add some hot sauce to the mix. Yum yum!

                                                                                                1. re: sasgirl
                                                                                                  GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:57 PM

                                                                                                  Ritz Caibbean map link: http://foodpages.ca/101037?showmap=1&...

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                                                                                                    Little T Aug 11, 2006 03:24 PM

                                                                                                    Try this:


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                                                                                                      John Manzo Aug 15, 2006 03:51 AM

                                                                                                      Typical WHITE BREAD TORONTO LIFE. JAMAICAN places are tops for ROTI??? What's next, Hungarian pizza? This is worse than worthless. In Calgary we have no choice but to go to Jamaican places for roti, but in TO you can get the real thing from TRINI shops!!!

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                                                                                                        Full tummy Dec 3, 2006 03:01 AM

                                                                                                        I recently tried D & D Trinistyles and really wanted to like it since it's close by (Gerrard & Greenwood) and run by a very pleasant family, but I was pretty disappointed. The doubles were mushy and filled mostly with a bland chickpea-studded pumpkin mush. The boneless chicken roti was just passable in terms of flavour. Alas, it also contained a 1.5" straight black hair, and I'm squeamish. So, back to The Real Jerk and Island Foods.

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                                                                                                          wontonfm Feb 16, 2009 09:20 PM

                                                                                                          I was surprised at the recs too. 4 out of 5 places are Jamaican spots and all centrally located? Seems a bit out of touch to me.


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                                                                                                  starvin Jul 12, 2006 09:24 PM

                                                                                                  I love "Ghandi" as well...HOWEVER, in the Scarborough area, just north of the 401 off McCowen on Pitfield St. is a hidden gem, called " The Roti Hut." Awesome chicken and goat....as well as the best doubles in the GTA!

                                                                                                  Oh, yeah...they are NOT open on Sundays.

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                                                                                                  1. re: starvin
                                                                                                    Davwud Jul 12, 2006 09:51 PM

                                                                                                    What exactly are doubles??


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                                                                                                      pinstripeprincess Jul 13, 2006 02:23 PM

                                                                                                      curried chickpea mixture in a soft doughy package. i personally think they're one of the most addictive things on the planet.

                                                                                                      walking through kensington with my housemate we stopped into patty king and i encouraged her to try one (they cost around 1.25?). once we left she debated going back and buying a bagful to feed off of for the rest of the week... can't say i haven't considered it myself.

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                                                                                                        Davwud Jul 13, 2006 02:59 PM

                                                                                                        They sound great. Are they more or less a West Indies version of smosas??


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                                                                                                          pinstripeprincess Jul 13, 2006 03:56 PM

                                                                                                          they originate from trinidad and are not all that disimilar from samosas in concept. the filling is essentially a less spicy channa and so only contains chickpeas. they're completely enclosed in dough, again similar to samosas, and lightly fried but i find the ones at patty king are far from greasy compared to many of the samosas one can pick up. the dough encasement is soft and slightly elasticky. no dipping sauces as far as i know. however, samosas usually appear as large puffed triangles... these are closer to patties in their wide flatness.

                                                                                                          i did an image search but it came up with rather pitiful options. from the photo they really do just look like jamaican patties, i think it depends on how much frying you do to them.


                                                                                                          1. re: Davwud
                                                                                                            John Manzo Aug 15, 2006 03:48 AM

                                                                                                            The best description of doubles is that they are a chick pea sandwich. The "bread" is pieces of bara, which are deep fried and made from lentil (or split pea) flour. In Trinidad they normally take one fairly big bara (maybe 6" diam), spoon the curry chickpea mixture and some chutney (I prefer the cucumber chutney, but mango or tamarind is nice too) and fold it like a taco, then wrap it up in wax paper- in Toronto, I've only had doubles done with two pieces of bara, sandwich style.

                                                                                                            Island Foods has amazing doubles!!!

                                                                                                      2. re: starvin
                                                                                                        GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:15 PM

                                                                                                        Roti Hut map link: http://foodpages.ca/39891?showmap=1&a...

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                                                                                                        Mike Tyson Jul 12, 2006 03:06 AM

                                                                                                        Ewwww! Bacchus is so watered down! Most of the people who eat there are not even West Indian! It is mostly Whites who like cheese in the rotis!

                                                                                                        Try Roti Palace down on Bathurst/Bloor or Ali's. They are a bit better.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Mike Tyson
                                                                                                          GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:34 PM

                                                                                                          Roti Palace map location: http://foodpages.ca/51660?showmap=1&a...

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                                                                                                            Sarah Cat Feb 19, 2009 05:46 PM

                                                                                                            Roti Palace is my go-to roti place. Sooooo good.

                                                                                                          2. re: Mike Tyson
                                                                                                            GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:36 PM

                                                                                                            Ali's map location: http://foodpages.ca/18375?showmap=1&a...

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                                                                                                            Teddy May 15, 2006 09:30 PM

                                                                                                            Vena's Roti on Bloor just east of landsdowne is my favorite roti place.

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                                                                                                              weekender May 12, 2006 10:38 AM

                                                                                                              If you can go a little further north B&B on steeles between McCowan and Kennedy is amazing!!! Doubles as well, mmmmmmmm! I think a beef roti is $6

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                                                                                                                roti-groove May 15, 2006 12:45 AM

                                                                                                                hi do you happen to have the precise address or a phone number for this place? it's just called B&B?

                                                                                                                1. re: weekender
                                                                                                                  GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                  B & B map location: http://foodpages.ca/78712?showmap=1&a...

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                                                                                                                  dannyboy May 12, 2006 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                  Bacchus Roti on Queen is delicious west indian (trini) style - otherwise, of course, I'd have to vouch for Ghandi for east indian as well they are the best.

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                                                                                                                    GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                    Bacchus map link: http://foodpages.ca/BacchusRoti?showm...

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                                                                                                                      somechick Jul 19, 2006 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                      Actually, I though Bacchus was Bajan! Ali's which is close is also great. I have many a west indian friend who will only go to carribean roti palace on Bathurst, south of Bloor and I have tasted it for myself and its great!

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                                                                                                                      Lou May 12, 2006 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                      Definitely Island Foods.
                                                                                                                      One of the best west indian rotis in the city.
                                                                                                                      You can find them at Dundas and McCaul or at King & Dufferin.

                                                                                                                      Prices - for a boneless chicken roti -- $6-7 with taxes

                                                                                                                      Ghandi is more of a east indian roti style -- large portions -- not my flavour of choice


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                                                                                                                        mainja May 11, 2006 10:54 PM

                                                                                                                        island foods soooooo good (i've only been to the one on mccaul, but i assume all of them are good)

                                                                                                                        Link: http://island-foods.com/

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                                                                                                                        1. re: mainja
                                                                                                                          jennjen May 12, 2006 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                          How are prices at Island Foods? They dont have prices on their menus there at the website.

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                                                                                                                            mainja May 16, 2006 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                            i don't remember specifically, but i remember it seeming reasonable. cheaper for the channa and the bone-in roti. i paid the extra to get the boneless chicken breast roti, i have a vague feeling that it was $6.50, but I could be way off.

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                                                                                                                          xtal May 11, 2006 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                          Definitely Gandhi (Queen & Bathurst) for amazing takeout roti. I haven't had one there I didn't like. It may seem expensive, but it's freshly made, and perfect to share.

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                                                                                                                            Food Tourist May 25, 2006 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                            I may be in the minority, but I was sorely disappointed with Gandhi. The saag paneer was terrible and the roti was too thin and boring to be newsworthy. I really don't understand the hype.

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                                                                                                                              Delish May 26, 2006 12:16 AM

                                                                                                                              That's shocking to me! Whenever we crave Indian due to lack of Indian delivery in our hood, we pick up from Ghandi (every month or so). We always get the saag paneer (with rice) and it is consistantly green and flavourful. I've never had problems with their roti either. My favourite roti fillings there are the butter chicken and the korma.

                                                                                                                              I'd say try again - it must have been a bad day. Not an excuse, but it does happen to the best of us!

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                                                                                                                                qtxniki Aug 12, 2006 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                I thnk Ghandhi really doesnt live up to the hype. It was a good bargain when they were still $4-7 a roti, but the new prices are just plain wrong. I hadnt been there in years and went last weekend, and was surprised to pay $13.95 + tax for a butter chicken roti. For that price I can have much more flavourful butter chicken and a naan at the host, nataraj, or trimurti. Also, it took 20 min to prepare. Same as if I got takeout from any of hte above restaurants.

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                                                                                                                            j6p May 11, 2006 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                            maroli and have some of their vindaloo too!

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                                                                                                                              GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                              Gandhi map link: http://foodpages.ca/51835?showmap=1&a...

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                                                                                                                                GeoNit Jul 13, 2006 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                Maroli map link: http://foodpages.ca/114433?showmap=1&...

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