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sake May 10, 2011 10:14 AM

After all the articles about her and the disastrous A la Carte program, I thought for sure we wouldn't see her this year, but she is back at the corner of Bay & King, outside Commerce Court. So happy! She only had chicken today, but she said the beef would be back soon, and hopefully the shrimp/pumpkin.

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  1. jlunar May 10, 2011 10:30 AM

    Pineapple?! T_T I never did get a slice... sigh.

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      Yongeman May 10, 2011 10:35 AM

      A slice of rotI??

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        JennaBean May 10, 2011 10:38 AM

        Not roti, a slice of pineapple :-)

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          Yongeman May 10, 2011 11:24 AM

          Ha ha. I didn't see any mention of pineapple. Guess you have to be an insider. Does she grill it?

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            jlunar May 10, 2011 12:21 PM

            I think it was on offer for a while, but no one bought. Then she took it away and everyone wanted some. Apparently, she grilled it... but on the few occasions I could make it out to her cart, she didn't have it. Very sad face.

            well, at least I have another summer to try!

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              MiniMom May 12, 2011 10:21 AM

              Ok..just finished my Roti. Loved it, not your traditional style but excellent.

              Nice flavor chicken, lettuce instead of channa mix, good roti skin. and a really good mango salad that had some nice spice to it.

              She also had jerk chicken with rice and peas today. Pumpkin will be coming once the season picks up for her.

              Can't wait till next week, hours 11am to 3pm during the week, not sure about weekends.

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      JennaBean May 10, 2011 10:35 AM

      Oh yum! I will make a trip down there soon!

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        MiniMom May 10, 2011 12:25 PM

        Pumpkin roti.. yay there is only 1 place i know that makes this. What are her hours and costs?

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          tylerchris May 12, 2011 09:23 AM

          I work right by there and so stopped by today and said hi. Great lady and her husband, very friendly, got a curry chicken roti for $7, quite tasty (if you get it hot, there's quite some kick to it!). Not sure of her hours, but she's definitely there for a big part of the lunchtime.

          Snapped a photo of the menu with my phone - I asked about the pineapple roti and she said she's going to wait until the weather gets warmer. She said that often, people just get one pineapple roti, and she ends up cutting a few slices (guess it's fresh pineapple?) and the rest turning cold?

          In case pic doesn't come out well enough:
          jerk chicken with mango salad on pita - $5
          on roti skin - $7
          curry chiken roti - $7
          beef patties - $2
          grilled pineapple - blank
          647-268-0157

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            Herb May 12, 2011 10:17 AM

            It's not a pineapple in a roti. It's just a slice of grilled pineapple - dessert!

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              tylerchris May 12, 2011 10:25 AM

              Gotcha, makes sense :) The curry chicken roti was quite good, gonna try the jerk chicken with mango salad on roti next time

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                MiniMom May 12, 2011 11:03 AM

                Was your curry chicken roti traditional style?

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                geekwithspatula May 13, 2011 07:28 AM

                Is it done in the rodizio style with cinnamon and brown sugar?

                Love to know where to get that without sitting through a whole meat fest...not that a meat fest is a bad thing!

        2. dannyboy May 13, 2011 02:38 PM

          good roti had one for lunch today - pretty rich curry & nice roti skin --- maybe a little on the small side but not bad...
          didn't try the jerk, maybe next time --- she also said as of next wk she'll have shrimp & pumpkin roti and that fridays she's gonna do oxtail or curry goat YUM : )
          hot sauce was good as well, this place is gonna be busy really soon...

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            MiniMom May 20, 2011 06:02 AM

            Went the other day not sure if due to rain or not but she was not there? Recent articles in the news stating this project is kaput? Is she gone for good or not? help need roti....

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              corinaci May 20, 2011 06:33 AM

              She was there yesterday - around 12.00 or so.

              The jerk chicken and mango salad was great, but on whole wheat, not my best idea :).

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                pescatarian May 20, 2011 12:19 PM

                She was there today. It's in front of the building where I work.

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                  MiniMom May 24, 2011 10:11 AM

                  She had pumpkin roti today but sold out as did not expect to be so popular.. tried the curry chicken. Yummy...

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                    tylerchris May 24, 2011 11:08 AM

                    yea, she said she had pumpkin and shrimp roti? i am going to try and order it next time, she said she was planning on having it every day. FYI, in terms of hours - it looks like she is there around 11am and packs it up at 2pm.

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                      mamaseto May 25, 2011 01:06 PM

                      Thank you Sake for posting this and for Dannyboy for mentioning the oxtail.
                      I was there last Friday and had the oxtail with rice and peas....it was delicious. She cooked it with Love. It was also served with some salad and that too was really tasty..the dressing was fantastic. Did not try it with the hot sauce, but will the next go around. Will be back next Friday.

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                        GoodGravy May 31, 2011 10:55 AM

                        I'm eating the shrimp and pumpkin on pita now. She ran out of roti skins, curry chicken and was low on jerk chicken and patties, but she gave me a free patty for being the last in line. Everyone behind me was sent away because she didn't have enough food left for a complete order.

                        I'd have paid for a patty this good. The flaky crust tasted like meat which made me love it immediately. The filling was nicely spiced w/o being too much or too little heat or filling.

                        Bridget said the shrimp and pumpkin would be the best sandwich I could get on Bay St. She wasn't joking. It's sweet and savory and leaves a pleasant heat afterglow after you're done eating. I'm definitely getting this again if it's available, but I'm going for the roti version next time.

                        I noticed the top of the cart was missing, replaced by an umbrella. I guess since the cart program is over, they had to remove the signage?

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                          principessa del pisello Jun 1, 2011 06:38 AM

                          Does Bridget make the patties herself? They sound amazing!

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                            GoodGravy Jun 1, 2011 07:48 AM

                            No, she orders them. Don't know from whom and she was too busy to talk.

                            BTW, had the grilled pineapple to snack on while I walked. It's a spear sprinkled w/ cinnamon and grilled. Could've used more char, but it's tasty.

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                  sumashi Aug 20, 2013 09:50 AM

                  Finally had a chance to wander to King/Bay for my lunch break. I had the shrimp/pumpkin roti and it was delicious!! Lots of good sized shrimp and the pumpkin gives it a nice sweetness. Best of all, I came at 11:55 and no lineup!

                3. Teep May 30, 2011 11:31 AM

                  Had the curry chicken roti, the wrap tastes great (because of the large amounts of oil? - the wrapping paper was saturated), but the filling was merely ok. (@geekwithspatula, no cinnamon/brown sugar). Will try jerk next time.

                  BTW I asked her and she said yes the City Hall program is over, but she's allowed to operate to recover the money she'd lost.

                  1. duckdown Jun 1, 2011 01:18 PM

                    Are the shrimps de-veined and tails removed?

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                      GoodGravy Jun 1, 2011 01:44 PM

                      Tails are removed, but they're not split so probably not de-veined. I tried it again today w/ hot sauce and the way to go is w/o hot sauce. Savory and sweet together w/ enough background heat to keep it interesting.

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                      garfield Jun 2, 2011 09:18 AM

                      Made my way here today for a chicken curry roti. To me the roti seemed more like a paratha or a buss up shut , which is probably the USP of the place. The filling, while certainly nothing earth shattering,was well spiced and flavorful.

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                        JennaBean Jun 2, 2011 09:25 AM

                        If the roti has changed to paratha style I will be there everyday!!! I haven't been this year but last year it was dal style.

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                          garfield Jun 2, 2011 01:24 PM

                          There certainly wasn't any dal in it - though I couldn't say how authentic a version of paratha it was.

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                          jlunar Jun 2, 2011 09:31 AM

                          Was there today at noon on the dot and already a line up. Moves pretty fast though. Having the shrimp and pumpkin now. It's tasty. And hot (the one where I can still taste things). Not as crazy as last year when I had the chicken roti (that was brutal) though.

                          Jenna > I can't tell what from what in terms of styles, but here's a photo... http://instagr.am/p/FE9NR/

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                            dannyboy Jun 2, 2011 11:01 AM

                            Just had the pumpkin & shrimp, it's killer --- her friend makes the roti skins & they're quite good, also i like the hot sauce as well. My friend had the beef and liked it alot as well says it was super tender. Was already out of the chicken curry (which i had earlier in the wk and loved) which she says goes first. She's gonna have oxtail tomorrow, what a great spot to have in the hood.

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                              jlunar Jun 2, 2011 12:09 PM

                              It could have been because I was starving, but the roti smelled soooo good. Definitely a re-order. Pondering getting the oxtail tomorrow too.

                              Oh! And I got the pineapple. Less exciting than I wanted it to be.

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                                GoodGravy Jun 2, 2011 04:01 PM

                                I asked about rice and peas and she told me to come back tomorrow. They had it the last two days so I thought they'd have it today. I'm almost tempted to have lunch their for a 4th day in a row. Curry beef and rice & peas....mmm....

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                            magic Jun 2, 2011 09:58 AM

                            Does anyone know if debit is accepted or is it cash only?

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                              jlunar Jun 2, 2011 10:14 AM

                              Cash only!

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                                magic Jun 2, 2011 10:52 AM

                                Thanks jlunar :)

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                                magic Aug 5, 2011 11:01 AM

                                I've gone about 5 times and she never seems to have the shrimp!!! At least on Fridays, which is when I tend to go.

                                So today I just gave up and went for the chicken and it was delicious! Was definitely worth the wait in line.

                                Plus they really are sweethearts. Gotta try that shrimp though..... :(

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                                  JennaBean Aug 5, 2011 11:08 AM

                                  Oh keep trying it is really tasty!

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                                    magic Aug 5, 2011 11:13 AM

                                    5 times!!!!

                                    (but I will keep trying)

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                                    jlunar Aug 5, 2011 11:24 AM

                                    You want the shrimp. Trust.

                                    Are they sold out of the shrimp or maybe they just don't have it on Fridays?

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                                      JennaBean Aug 5, 2011 11:27 AM

                                      I've had it on Friday BUT I arrive between 1130 and 1145 to avoid the rush.

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                                        magic Aug 5, 2011 11:40 AM

                                        Man that is an early lunch, I dunno.....

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                                          JennaBean Aug 5, 2011 12:28 PM

                                          I know! But it is worth it. Normally I don't eat lunch until 1230 or 1 BUT on the days I know I'm going I skip breaky and just count down the mins!!!

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                                            magic Aug 5, 2011 02:11 PM

                                            I didn't even realize there were lines until today! When I previously tried for the shrimp roti it was always around 2 pm, and there were no lines. So when I arrived at 1 today I was shocked to see a huge long line! And STILL no shrimp!!

                                            Haha, oh well. I'll get it one day soon hopefully. It's been quite the adventure.

                                            But a tasty one...

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                                          jlunar Aug 5, 2011 12:00 PM

                                          Yeah, I'm usually there right before noon as well to avoid the line. And to secure the shrimp roti.

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                                          magic Aug 5, 2011 11:40 AM

                                          I think sometimes it's sold out, sometimes she just doesn't make it for whatever reason.

                                          :(

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                                            sake Aug 5, 2011 12:51 PM

                                            I think she usually she doesnt' have it on Fridays, because she has other specials like oxtail, sometimes goat.

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                                              magic Aug 5, 2011 02:04 PM

                                              Hmm, that's crappy for magic. I usually bring my lunch but treat myself on Fridays.

                                              I guess I might have to bite the bullet and go on another weekday. Thanks sake :)

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                                      piccola Jun 2, 2011 06:58 PM

                                      Any vegetarian options? Also, what's the price point? (Sorry if this has been addressed, I skimmed through the thread)

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                                        GoodGravy Jun 2, 2011 09:25 PM

                                        Not really. There's mango salad, but that's an accompaniment for the jerk chicken, and the grilled pineapple which is sweet, juicy and covered w/ cinnamon, but not really a meal.

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                                          garfield Jun 3, 2011 07:26 AM

                                          Not sure but I think I heard someone order a veggie roti or something. Even if its not on the menu I believe she should fix one easily with chick peas and potatoes.

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                                            piccola Jun 3, 2011 05:40 PM

                                            OK, I'll check next time I walk by there, thanks.

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                                        JennaBean Jun 15, 2011 10:00 AM

                                        Went today for the first time this season. SOOOO good. Today was the jerk, next week I'll go with the curry or pumpkin if she has it.

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                                          dannyboy Jun 15, 2011 10:32 AM

                                          I was munching on a pumkin/shrimp as i read your post : )
                                          I've had most of her stuff, all is quite good (jerk maybe so-so, could use 2 pieces i think) but
                                          personally i think the beef is killer...
                                          deal and a half for $7 and real good hot sauce as well!!!
                                          have yet to try the curry goat am looking forward to that...

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                                            jlunar Jun 15, 2011 01:24 PM

                                            I need to try their curry... Fridays only I think though. Maybe next week.

                                            Though... you said pumpkin and shrimp and I really wanted one. Maybe Wednesday! You should bug me and we'll lunch, Jenna!

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                                            http://www.foodpr0nn.com -- food. is. love.

                                          2. jlunar Jun 22, 2011 07:27 AM

                                            It looks like it's supposed to rain today. If it does start dumping on us does anyone know if Bridget will still be there? Or does she run for cover?

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                                              corinaci Jun 22, 2011 08:21 AM

                                              as far as I can see, she is not in her usual spot.

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                                                jlunar Jun 22, 2011 08:30 AM

                                                ;;_;; noooo..... but thank you for checking!

                                                Dang. I'm not always in the area for lunch and I really wanted to get some roti from her! Oh, shrimp and pumpkin. So tasty.

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                                              aktivistin Jun 22, 2011 10:20 AM

                                              Can anyone confirm that Bridget is still there? I will be visiting Toronto next week (from Calgary), and am itching to eat all the things missing from my home city, including rotis.

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                                                JennaBean Jun 22, 2011 10:24 AM

                                                This is a new thread that just started in May. She's still there.

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                                                  jlunar Jun 22, 2011 10:47 AM

                                                  Just not today... *sob*

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                                                    Teep Jun 22, 2011 10:51 AM

                                                    That might mean she'll be MIA for the rest of the week because of the rain...

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                                                  iMarilyn Jun 22, 2011 12:32 PM

                                                  Monday to Friday only, weather permitting, 11am-ish to 2:30pm-ish unless she gets tied up in traffic.

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                                                    aktivistin Jun 22, 2011 02:22 PM

                                                    Thanks, iMarilyn. I'll try to stop by on a sunny day next week--hope she's there!

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                                                  fickle Aug 10, 2011 06:58 PM

                                                  Got the jerk chicken mango and the curry chicken rotis for lunch today. LOVED the jerk one. The curry chicken one was good also. Both worth reordering. Unfortunately no pumpkin shrimp available today :-(

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                                                    magic Aug 10, 2011 07:02 PM

                                                    I'm not sure it exists ;)

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                                                      jlunar Aug 10, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                      I swear it does! I have photos! XD

                                                      --
                                                      http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

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                                                        magic Aug 11, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                        It exists!!

                                                        Thanks for the photos. You take great pics.

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                                                          jlunar Aug 11, 2011 07:54 AM

                                                          haha, thanks! And keep trying. It'll be worth it (well, it would be for me!)

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                                                            magic Aug 11, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                            You bet : )

                                                            And I will!

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                                                            magic Aug 11, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                            Success! Got one! So they DO exist!

                                                            So I liked it, but not sure I loved it. It was beautifully made, don’t get me wrong. But I thought it was a bit plain tasting, no? Anyone agree with that? Or is that just me? At least when I compare it to the jerk chicken roti which I think of as an explosion of flavour. And I thought it was a bit light on the shrimp.

                                                            I went light on the pepper sauce as I didn’t want lots of heat on my first try… I just wanted to taste the roti. Maybe the hot sauce adds flavour.

                                                            At any rate, there was already a line at noon! But it moved fast.

                                                            Happy to have tried it, it was a nice lunch, but I don’t think it will be my go-to there.

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                                                              jlunar Aug 11, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                              I tend to get it hot and love it. To me, the shrimp and pumpkin is a hot and curried mixture studded with chunks of snappy shrimp, creamy pumpkin, and just a hint of sweetness. Every time I unwrap this roti, a delicious and savoury smell wafts up and whets my appetite – right before I tear into the fat pocket of goodness. Really tasty and filling.

                                                              The jerk is both sweet and hot as well, but more tangy in nature vs the creamy of the S&P. I found the jerk only okay in comparison.

                                                              Ah well! At least you know now! It's not a Polkaroo!

                                                              I still need to try that oxtail curry...

                                                              From the blog: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2011/07/14/ca...

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                                                                magic Aug 11, 2011 01:55 PM

                                                                Yup, oxtail and beef next!

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                                                                fickle Aug 30, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                                Finally got a shrimp & pumpkin one today (yay, it does exist for me too now!). I don't think it's plain tasting, the shrimp with pumpkin is very nice when there's no potatoes involved. I would order it without potatoes next time, I find they obscure the flavours too much. Good amount of shrimps in mine so no issues there. Still loving the jerk chicken with mango best of the 3 I've tried. Does anyone know how late in the year she sets up till? Until snow falls on the ground or sooner?

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                                                          julesrules Aug 11, 2011 05:55 AM

                                                          Both times I've been there was shrimp available. Shrimp slightly overcooked but overall delicious. I preferred it to the jerk chicken and mango, which I found too sweet and not just from the mango? I got it hot and I think she put two sauces on, wondering if one of them was sweet. Anyone have ordering tips to perfect the jerk chicken roti?

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                                                            magic Aug 11, 2011 05:59 AM

                                                            Been 5 times and they were out or just not serving the shrimp every. single. time.

                                                            I thought the jerk chicken roti was delicious though. I just nodded when the woman motioned for sauce. I have no idea what when on there. But it had a nice kick!

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                                                              julesrules Aug 11, 2011 06:13 AM

                                                              Yeah I'm clearly in the minority on not loving the jerk chicken, and lucky with the shrimp! But maybe I'm forever spoiled by having had the shrimp first. Overall, this is really good food, not just by Toronto street food or business district standards. And what nice people.

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                                                                magic Aug 11, 2011 06:15 AM

                                                                Agreed. Lovely people, great food.

                                                                I wish Toronto had more street food like this. But that is another thread...

                                                        3. Teep May 9, 2012 08:04 PM

                                                          Had my first shrimp roti this year. Apparently she's been back for 3 weeks, but only when the weather was good enough. I was the only customer at 12:30 pm.

                                                          It seems more yummy than I remembered, but a little smaller and at $8 now.

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                                                            magic May 11, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                            Sold out of everything by 1 pm!

                                                            I like them, they're very sweet and the food is great but these sellouts are starting to get frustrating for me.

                                                            Not like I was there at 2:30.

                                                            1!!!

                                                            :(

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                                                              Wench Foraday May 11, 2012 04:43 PM

                                                              Yeah, I was there at maybe 1:10 and they were already cleaned up and getting ready to leave. Was jonesing for a shrimp and pumpkin which they were offering today. Definitely will make a mental note to go next time at 12:30.

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                                                              jlunar May 15, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                              Shrimp and pumpkin!! Thanks for the update. I <3 their roti.

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                                                                julesrules May 15, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                She had at least 20 people in line at 12:30 today.. . too long for me, but hopefully she has a good summer.

                                                              2. GoodGravy Apr 22, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                Bridget's back! Today's her first day back at the usual location in front of CIBC on Bay and King. About to tuck into a shrimp roti that I've missed for months.

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                                                                  Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                  Oh yum! Thanks for the alert GG! I haven't had a chance to enjoy her food before and I'm excited to work in such close proximity now.

                                                                  Let us know what you thought about today's roti...was it as good as you remembered?

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                                                                    GoodGravy Apr 22, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                    Today's curry was plain shrimp and potato. I hadn't asked if it was shrimp and pumpkin curry which is the one I was craving for. It's good, but I still miss the shrimp and pumpkin. Be aware they still operate according to the weather so while they confirmed they'd be open tomorrow, Wednesday was iffy because of the forecast.

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                                                                      Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                      Thanks so much GG, that's good to know. I'm hoping to get over there on Wednesday or Thursday so I'll be sure to keep the forecast in mind.

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                                                                    magic Apr 22, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                    Yayyyy!!!! Nice! Thanks GoodGravy.

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                                                                      jlunar Apr 23, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                      Thank you for the report GG!

                                                                      Pumpkin and shrimp I still dream of you... Now, gotta figure out when I can go. She might even be there today!

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                                                                      ylsf Apr 22, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                      Can someone save me from searching through the thread and confirm if she is just there during the work week or ever there on the weekend too?

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                                                                        MissBingBing Apr 23, 2013 05:11 AM

                                                                        Weekdays only if the weather is nice.

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                                                                          MiniMom Jul 3, 2013 07:42 AM

                                                                          Construction at commerce court where is she now???

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                                                                            Teep Jul 3, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                            I believe on King Street, on the same corner where she was before.

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                                                                              grandgourmand Jul 3, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                              yes, i saw her today. she's on king now.

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