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Aug 7, 2007 11:52 AM

Can I get a roti?

Is it possible to get any west indian food in this town? I'm even willing to travel to the outskirts of Austin for a good roti.

- homesick Trini

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  1. Madras Pavillion, northeast corner of Burnet road and 183 has roti. They're really good.

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    1. re: pankofish

      This looks like a mostly S.Indian place, and according to the menu, doesn't appear to offer Trini-style rotis.

      I, too, would love to find a good roti (W.Indian style, that is).

      (lemme try this tag thing out too while I'm at it


      Madras Pavilion
      9025 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

      1. re: pankofish

        Madras is a fairly safe bet.

        Another option is a place called SWAD that is on N. Lamar at rundberg in a burried big strip mall. I haven't been in a good while so it might be history, but they had a terrific appetizer called darhi pori made with roti among other things. Great rice pudding too when they made it.

        1. re: Trhosion

          Nope....SWAD is still fact there's been recent chatter about it:

      2. Curry in Hurry on Parmer has roti, although I don't have much experience with roti so I don't know how good it is comparitively.

        1. sorry dear the truth is you gotta go to Houston to get really good S. Asian stuff. In Austin the Indian restaurants that cater to non-Indians all serve that standard overly creamy N. Indian restaurant fare that tastes very little like real N. Indian food. They mostly have tandoori naan, no roti.

          Shalimar Pakistani restaurant is just blegh, heart burn, not too good.

          Swad is for "chaat" (snacks, namkeens, crunchy stuff, dosay, dahi bhalle, etc), I think the owners are Gujjus, and Madras is totally madraasi in taste. Good foof, but not like your mum's if she's N. Indian origin.

          Nothing Trinidadian, not even close.

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            1. re: luckyfatima

              wow, what an old thread! Not sure about rotis specifically, but New India Cuisine is making Mumbai style food that is definitely a cut above other restaurants in Austin--I used to agree with luckyfatima on this (you had to go to Houston or Dallas--or be invited to an Indian's house), but now we've got something that's not just another iteration on New Dehli cuisine--seriously spicy!

              1. re: taliesin15

                I had this type of roti many years after this post. It is similar to a stuffed paratha except that all white flour is used, while paratha is whole wheat flour or at least whole wheat mixed with a touch of white. Still no Trini roti in Austin, though as far as I know.

            2. Just to clarify, the roti I speak of is not Indian, but West Indian. The bread is a flat bread with spiced dal layerd into the bread. Usually, you put curry meat,potato and chana on the bread and wrap it like a burrito.

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              1. re: webjockey

                sorry bro, the closest thing you could do is go to swad and ask them to make you a paratha stuffed w/daal and then order some channe or curry on the side and eat that

              2. Can't help you with any sources but maybe can help clarify the question: West Indian rotis, as in Trinidad/Guyana/Caribbean aka the India that Columbus thought he would find.