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Tropical Desires: Worst West Indian restaurant in Toronto

kimd60 Apr 22, 2010 10:52 AM

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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    milzhouse May 31, 2010 07:09 AM

    I took a chance and ate at tropical desires even though you ripped them... lol
    I am not sure if they changed things since April 22 but I had no where close to the experience you noted...
    I thought the food was great! for $5.49 you can't go wrong... jerk chicken special with rice, peas, and cole slaw... it was honestly really good.
    I went back and had the roti and mine was boneless... my friend also had no issues with cartilage in the roti...
    I would give this palce a shot and judge for your self... 6 bucks is not much of a risk... lol

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      madhatt May 26, 2010 09:31 AM

      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
        sato78 May 26, 2010 12:38 PM

        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
          madhatt May 27, 2010 08:16 AM

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

          1. re: madhatt
            sato78 May 27, 2010 01:40 PM

            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
              Herb May 27, 2010 03:17 PM

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

              1. re: madhatt
                Herb May 27, 2010 03:18 PM

                And who do these buds rate?

          2. grandgourmand Apr 23, 2010 11:48 AM

            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. mrbozo Apr 23, 2010 11:21 AM

              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
                scruss Sep 17, 2010 07:21 AM

                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.

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                scruss Apr 23, 2010 11:09 AM

                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
                  kimd60 Apr 23, 2010 06:02 PM

                  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. duckdown Apr 22, 2010 11:54 AM

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

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                  1. re: duckdown
                    kimd60 Apr 22, 2010 11:58 AM

                    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.

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                    218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

                    1. re: kimd60
                      duckdown Apr 22, 2010 12:01 PM

                      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

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