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in search of a good West Indian or Jamaican restaurant with table service

phoenikia Mar 1, 2007 06:51 AM

I'm planning a dinner for 6-8 people at a West Indian or Jamaican restaurant. I'm hoping to find one that has table service, rather than a place that only has a take-out/cafeteria setting. I'm just interested in finding a place where we'll be able to sit together, and won't feel rushed if we're there for a couple hours.

I used to go to the Real Jerk in the early 90s, but I found the quality had slipped the last time I went. I'm looking for something a little more traditional than the food found at Irie on Queen West.

I'm considering Ali's in Parkdale, but I was wondering if anyone knows of any other West Indian restaurants that would be good for a group.

I'm especially interested in hearing about sit-down Trini and/or Guyanese restos that serve poulouri.

  1. foodyDudey Mar 1, 2007 07:00 AM

    I've seen a place called Scarlet Ibis on O'Connor, just west of Eglinton. It has table service, but I've never been there.

    Here is a list of Caribbean places in the GTA: http://www.toronto-lime.com/restauran...

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    1. re: foodyDudey
      phoenikia Mar 1, 2007 07:33 AM

      Thanks for the list, foodyDudey. A word of caution, though- it doesn't look like the list been updated in a while. Eazy Eats closed in Dec 2005, and Irie on College closed over 4 years ago.

      1. re: phoenikia
        foodyDudey Mar 1, 2007 01:38 PM

        I noticed that the list was dated after I posted. Scarlet Ibis is still there, I drove past this week. I can't find any reviews of it, but it looks like a nice place as I drive by.

    2. Chester Eleganté Mar 1, 2007 01:43 PM

      I remember Ibis being pretty good. A friend of mine quite enjoys the buffet as well.

      1. monkeyinthemiddle Mar 1, 2007 01:54 PM

        irie food joint in queen west
        great place, carl the owner made the beautiful portraits on the wall out of human hair...
        i realize that this is pretty unappealing when thinking about food but the place serve up some good jamaican

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          Yongeman Mar 1, 2007 05:07 PM

          There's a West Indian place at the NW corner of Weston Rd. and Eglinton. Can't remember the exact name...something Delites. It may have been re-designed by Restaurant Makeover, but I'm not sure. I ate lunch there once--a very nice curry chicken. Plenty of space to eat in and friendly people.

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          1. re: Yongeman
            wickalicious Mar 4, 2007 07:43 PM

            'First Class Delites', I think it was.

            1. re: wickalicious
              Yongeman Mar 5, 2007 12:47 AM

              That's it, wickalicious. Thanks.

          2. squingy Mar 1, 2007 08:12 PM

            Roland's at 2900 Eglinton Ave East (416) 431-4242 has table service. They have 2 chefs in the back, one that cooks strictly chinese food and the other guyanese. Being an aficionado of good Cantonese chow mein, they make a really good one with a very tasty sauce( they take the time to toast the noodles and then add the meat/seafood with sauce on top ). I'm pretty sure you can sit down for a while with no problems just tell the server. I've also seen poulouri on their menu.

            1. Googs Mar 5, 2007 09:43 AM

              I used to really enjoy the food at Tropical Nights when they were on Warden Ave. Haven't tried the Danforth & Victoria Park location. Big space, Guyanese owner. Probably worth a whirl.

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              1. re: Googs
                Tara9000 Mar 12, 2007 04:32 AM

                I think that's closed down as well. I drove by this weekend and saw papered windows and a for lease/sale sign in the window.

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                Byng27 Mar 6, 2007 04:52 AM

                There's Jamaican Bar/Restaurant opened along Danforth Ave. located between Woodbine and Main Street, near Honda dealer,I think its called Classic One Pub, I'm not sure if they're good, haven't treid it yet but they do have seatings. Tropical Nights along Victoria Park and Danforth Ave.'s not too bad.... just too crowded most of the times.

                1. Herb Mar 6, 2007 09:58 AM

                  Island Thyme om Bathurst just north of Bloor.

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                  1. re: Herb
                    fickle Mar 6, 2007 02:07 PM

                    Island Thyme is pretty small. 8 people would fill up the entire restaurant. It has more of a cafeteria feeling there. When we went, there was one lady who came out of the kitchen to take our orders and then disappeared until she brought us our food. I think she may have been the chef as well.

                    1. re: fickle
                      FlavoursGal Mar 6, 2007 02:09 PM

                      How's the food, though? I've passed the place dozens of times and have always wondered if I should try it for take out. I always end up with take-out from Albert's on St. Clair.

                      1. re: FlavoursGal
                        fickle Mar 6, 2007 02:17 PM

                        We thought it was average. There was nothing spectacular or highly memorable. The quality of cooking was good but the flavours were just not there. I prefer Albert's (on St Clair) for oxtail, Mr Jerk (at both the Peanut Plaza & Wellesley) for their jerk pork sandwich with oxtail gravy and the Fish Shack (in Kensington market) for their fish soup and fish escovitch.

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                    wb7 Mar 7, 2007 08:49 AM

                    Island Mix in Pickering. A great looking spot, you can get Carib beer, and the food is great.

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                      phoenikia Mar 12, 2007 04:25 AM

                      Thanks for all your suggestions.
                      Will report back after the dinner takes place.

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