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Apr 22, 2010 10:52 AM

Tropical Desires: Worst West Indian restaurant in Toronto

This must be the wose west indian restaurant in Toronto. We were tired of waiting in line at Burrito Boys, even though those burritos a absolutely the best in town, when we saw this new roti shop. Usually west indian restaurants all share the same recipes, however, this one : Tropical Desires at 224 Adelaide Street West, did not. I have no idea what they are thinking. We ordered 10 rotis. 8 chicken and 2 goat. They were all awful! our 8 chicken rotis were full of chicken carcas. Just not a one here and there, about 1/2 a cup of bones and cartilage! Which amounted to 1/4 of the size of the roti. The taste was also a major issue, the goat was just as vulgur. I have never in my life had something so disgusting that I couldn't even swallow one bite! I was not alone. all 10 of us had the same uncontrollable convulsion. We all ditched our meals and headed out for something else. From what I hear around here, we are not alone. I guess next time, long lines mean better food. If you do want to try this place, i suggest you eat at the restaurant, just so that they can see your reaction. Maybe only then will you get your money back.

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  1. Sorry but you lost me when you called Burrito Boyz the best place in town

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    1. re: duckdown

      lol. Sorry. I did have a bit a situation at Burrito Boyz once, but then a coworker bought me another burrito a while back which turned it around. I love that place now. All in all, no place is perfect, my point is that this new place : tropical Desires was just awful. the number of complaints that I am hearing around my workplace seem to be all the same. The taste alone will shock u.

      Burrito Boyz
      218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

      1. re: kimd60

        fair enough, thanks for the heads up, at least it should bring it to other peoples attention who might see it and consider walking in for food.. Seems that stale & bad carribean food is really easy to come by in this city. Most places I've tried here in Brampton/Mississauga at least are dry and crusty re-heated food

    2. My experience has been the complete opposite - it's the go-to lunch venue for our office. The jerk chicken is tender, the goat melts off the bone, and the new lunch-size roti is perfect.

      Yeah, they had some troubles at startup - sometimes the wrong order, once boneless was bone-in, early rotis were criminally under-spiced - but they've got past that. Their new hot sauce is killer.

      "West indian restaurants all share the same recipes"? What!? Guyanese is as different from Barbadian as it is from Jamaican.

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      1. re: scruss

        I am part west indian and we have had barbadian and jamacian curries. none of which ever tasted like that of Tropical desires. the brand of curries vary with their chosen spices. but over all they seem similar. Thai, east indian and other south asian curries are polar opposites from west indian cooking. Nonetheless, this place is by far the worst place i have ever eaten in. There is an overwhelimg response to how terrible this place is. Never tasted their jerk chicken, and maybe its the bomb. But we will never take the chance unfortunately. Our office was looking for a go to west iindian place since there is none around. Our offices hold hundresds of employess, and so far I have heard nothing but bad reviews about this place. cannot event give this place 1 star.

      2. What connection if any does this resto have to Tropical desires on Old Weston at St Clair? I walked by that place many a time when I lived in the 'hood but never stopped in. I know that Orlando's across the street got emphatic thumbs down here.

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        1. re: mrbozo

          mrbozo, it was the same people.

          I say "was", as I was by the other day, and it's totally different staff at 224 Adelaide. Without Robert's jerk chicken and Wendy's hot sauce, I probably won't be back.

        2. I had it once...wasn't as bad as the OP suggests, but it wasn't very good either. I'm not going to be a repeat customer.

          1. Was considering going there for lunch today, but I'll pass now. Thanks for the warning.. I'll wait for future reviews.

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            1. re: madhatt

              It's very important to realize that Indo-Caribean food tastes very different from Afro-Caribbean food. With that being said, most great jerk places aren't that great when coming to curry and roti and vice versa.

              1. re: sato78

                If you're not good at making it, why put it on the menu?

                1. re: madhatt

                  I think it's because some are more concerned with making money and attracting a wider customer base than they are in the actual product they sell.

                  1. re: madhatt

                    The same reason Ceasar salad is on every menu in the city.