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Paratha Roti or "Buss-Up-Shut" in downtown Toronto

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JennaBean Jan 7, 2011 12:16 PM

I know I can make the trek and get this but I'm hoping to find somewhere downtown to get this type of roti.

Thanks in advance!
JB

  1. meatnveg Jan 8, 2011 12:04 PM

    If this is the Parantha as in the Indian thick bread fried in oil, often stuffed with potatoes, then you can find it at most of the indian restaurants.

    The Buss-Up-Shut is the same thing, though its often simply fried and not stuffed.

    the Indian Parantha is also found pre-made at indian grocery stores

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      phoenikia Jan 8, 2011 12:08 PM

      Ali's in Parkdale serves Paratha Roti/Buss-up-Shut. Not quite downtown, but at least it's closer to downtown.

      http://www.torontoslop.com/2008/06/this-is-toronto-slop.html

      check out this vintage chow thread on the topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/99014

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      Ali's West Indian Roti Shop
      1446 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1M2, CA

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        JennaBean Jan 8, 2011 04:15 PM

        I've had it from Ali's and it is pretty good, but I'm being winter lazy, thought I'd see if I could find something closer. :-)

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        acd123 Jan 8, 2011 01:44 PM

        Isn't buss up shut a Trinidadian style of roti?

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          pancake Jan 8, 2011 02:48 PM

          It is called "bust up shot". It is Trinidadian and it is delicious!
          You can get it at Carribean Roti Palace on Bathurst. The KEY is you have to order it a day in advance. Most places do not make it on the fly.

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            JennaBean Jan 8, 2011 04:12 PM

            Yes! This what I'm looking for!

            Thank you. :-)

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              acd123 Jan 9, 2011 06:17 AM

              Actally, I'm pretty sure it's called Buss Up Shut. Translated to Busted up Shirt, ripped shirt or something like that. A busted up shirt is what they say this style of roti looks like.

              Say shut and it sounds like a Trini saying shirt.

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                Herb Jan 9, 2011 06:26 AM

                The menu at Ali's says "Buss-up-shut" and the owner's from Trinidad.

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                  phoenikia Jan 9, 2011 06:31 AM

                  Maybe the spelling of the transliteration changes, depending on whether one is from East Trinidad, West Trinidad, or Tobago.

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                    pancake Jan 9, 2011 10:48 AM

                    Interesting! My SO is Trinidadian and his family calls it "buss up shot" as does a cookbook we have.

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                      JennaBean Jan 10, 2011 08:36 AM

                      So is mine and that's why I'm looking for it. His mom will get it for us when she grabs some for herself but often we want some in between family visits.

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                        pancake Jan 12, 2011 01:22 PM

                        So your best bet is to call ahead at Ali's or Carribean Roti Palace.

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                        Roti Palace
                        1845 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON M3N2V2, CA

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              magic Jan 8, 2011 03:09 PM

              I have no idea what a buss up shot is (sounds good though), but Eastern Twist on St. Clair, at Bathurst makes delicious Indian/Middle Eastern wraps that are wrapped in paratha. Delish. Not really downtown, more midtown, but not far and subway accessible (St. Clair West station).

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                garfield Jan 8, 2011 03:28 PM

                I second Eastern Twist. Metro(Dominion) has 3-4 varieties of frozen parathas. King Palace on Church sreet has Paratha on its menu but I never tried it. Also Curry in a hurry at Bloor and Landsdowne has a paratha rotti - which is a Sri Lankan spin on Paratha.

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                King Palace
                820 Church St, Toronto, ON M4W2M9, CA

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                  gbadboy Jan 10, 2012 08:26 PM

                  There's only 1 true west indian roti shop in the downtown core called Coconut Grove on Dundas Street between University and Bay Street (183 Dundas Street West) just west of Chestnut. You get the west indian styled roti here (Trini & Guyanese style). You should prob call them ahead and ask them to prep the "Paratha Roti or Buss Up SHut Roti" ahead of time.

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