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

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.

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  1. 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

      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

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

      1. 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
        http://www.iriefoodjoint.com/

        1. 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

            'First Class Delites', I think it was.

          2. 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.