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Jan 7, 2011 12:16 PM

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

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!

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  1. 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

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

      check out this vintage chow thread on the topic:

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

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      1. re: phoenikia

        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. :-)

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

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        1. re: acd123

          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.

          1. re: pancake

            Yes! This what I'm looking for!

            Thank you. :-)

            1. re: pancake

              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.

              1. re: pancake

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

                1. re: Herb

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

                  1. re: phoenikia

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

                    1. re: pancake

                      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.

                      1. re: JennaBean

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

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

            2. 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).

              1. 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.

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