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akwame Sep 19, 2011 04:02 AM

Looking for the best Roti in Toronto... any suggestions?

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    Yongeman Sep 19, 2011 04:29 AM

    You might have begun with a search and would have found this: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/105970 among others.

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      petek Sep 19, 2011 05:18 AM

      Mother India 1456 Queen st west(near Lansdowne).Great butter chicken roti!!

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      Mother India
      1456 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1M2, CA

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        ThoughtForFood Oct 4, 2011 03:54 PM

        +1

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      hari mirch Sep 19, 2011 09:00 AM

      Best Trini roti and doubles, west side of town: Drupati at Albion and Islington.

      There's no GREAT West Indian roti downtown anymore. Consensus is that Ali's on Queen makes the best dhalpuri shells downtown. Roti Palace on Bathurst still does an acceptable Trini roti.

      I don't know the Scarborough side but Roti Hut is supposed to make a very good roti.

      Bacchus (Guyanese I believe, but largely irrelevant since their food has changed so much) once did an amazing Guyanese roti - 25 years ago. Then they got the pizza roller for the dough. Then they stopped making dhalpuri, and started making whole wheat shells for the white clientele. In those days, some West Indian customers would buy the curry at Bacchus and the shell at Ali's, and assemble it themselves. I don't know if the curries are any good anymore, haven't been to Bacchus in at least 10 years.

      Pam's (Guyanese) has reopened at Ossington and Bloor. Haven't tried it yet. Some people like Coconut Grove on Dundas between Bay and University, but I haven't tried theirs since well before the Yonge Dundas store was moved.

      Many people love Gandhi roti and other places that sell "butter chicken roti". These are South Asian establishments riffing on the West Indian roti. They don't make a dhalpuri shell, instead they make a shell out of maida (plain white flour) and use Punjabi-type curries for filling. It's just a different thing, but some people prefer it, I guess.

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      Roti Hut
      351 Pitfield Rd, Toronto, ON M1S3E5, CA

      Coconut Grove
      183 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G1C7, CA

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        Yongeman Sep 19, 2011 10:07 AM

        Good call, hari mirch. Drupati is my first choice too.

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          prima Sep 19, 2011 11:50 AM

          Love Drupati's doubles.

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            JennaBean Sep 19, 2011 12:08 PM

            My bf's mom get us the wedding roti skins from there. So good! Ali's will do when we run out but Drupati's are better.

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              TorontoJo Sep 19, 2011 12:20 PM

              I second those doubles!

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            aser Sep 19, 2011 04:45 PM

            The curry goat at Pam's is far better than Caribbean Roti Palace, but Roti Palace still does a better shell.

            My pet peeve w/ Roti Palace is that they never mix in the hot sauce properly when assembling a roti. You get pockets of very hot, and pockets of mild.

            Pam's is a sweetheart, glad to see her back up and running.

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

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              JennaBean Sep 20, 2011 08:36 AM

              Pam's roti is good but she is just so slow. Last time I was there, there was only one other person there and it still took 20 mins to get my takeout roti.

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                hari mirch Oct 3, 2011 02:29 PM

                Just tried Pam's goat roti. Pretty good. The skin was good but among downtown places I prefer the skin at Roti Palace and Ali's. The curry was very good, although a little salty for my taste (a very common issue for me at most roti places).

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

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                  aser Oct 3, 2011 03:10 PM

                  The skin at Roti Palace is def better, if only we can combine Pam's filling w/ the skin @ Roti Palace.

                  I had Ali's last week and the skin was far too thick. The pieces of goat was nice and meaty, far bigger than Roti Palace.

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

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            garfield Sep 19, 2011 04:11 PM

            Among those that I have had, the best is Carribean Bistro(great shell and doubles) followed by Carribean Roti Place.
            Erstwhile Coconut Grove was very good but after the change of owners it has gone down the drain.Wonder where the former owners went.
            The roti lady at Bay and King is good but the roti is so oily..!
            P.S. Have tried Patty King's and La Limonada's doubles but they are not a patch on Carribean Bistro. Carribean Roti Place doubles are good too.
            Havent been to Ali's and Drupati.

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            Coconut Grove
            183 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G1C7, CA

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              mmcookie Jan 24, 2012 05:04 PM

              hi Garfield - please share - what roti lady at Bay & King? Is this at street level or in a food court?

              We're hard up for Roti in the downtown core ever since The Bay changed up the Caribbean Counter in their food court many years ago - they don't serve Roti anymore.
              That was my first introduction to Roti courtesy of a buddy and I've been hooked since. There was also an ok Trini place on Simcoe south of Front years ago but they're long gone too.
              Coconut Grove is fine with me but it's a bit north so I'm always looking for another option.

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              Aqueya Oct 3, 2011 02:57 PM

              I'm a huge fan of Vena's Roti out in the west end, very close to Lansdown Subway on Bloor. Little hole in the wall.. but SO yummy!!

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                BequiaT Oct 4, 2011 07:01 AM

                A bit out of the way for some, Cool Runnings on Main Street just south of Gerrard do a nice West Indian roti. Skin is good and the filling is medium-hot.

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                Cool Runnings
                146 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E2V8, CA

                Main Street Cafe
                1626 Stittsville Main, Stittsville, ON K2S1A2, CA

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                  Petor Oct 4, 2011 09:26 AM

                  My two favorites:

                  Carribean style, Island Foods on King St. just east of Dufferin on the north side.

                  Indian style, Roti Time on St Clair, north side between Jane and Runnymede accross the street from the new TD Bank.

                  Roti Time has the best Butter Chicken Roti in town(my opinion) but it takes a while to make as they do it from scratch. I like my food spicy but their hot is way too hot for me. Got wise now I order mine between mild and medium hot.

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                    torontochris Oct 4, 2011 10:02 AM

                    +1 for Island foods. I'm amazed more people don't appreciate it, its a family run business thats been around for 20 years and I keep trying others when people rate them higher.

                    no better carribean roti in the city, nor anywhere I've been in the islands.

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                      JennaBean Oct 4, 2011 01:55 PM

                      I totally agree. I had the chance to try this place last month for the first time. We had four items and honestly, they were all great.

                      At 8 p.m. they still had a line-up to the door. I'll be back for sure.

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                        hari mirch Oct 5, 2011 08:35 AM

                        I will try it! Never been, mainly because I don't get to that intersection often. (And I don't eat roti that often.)

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                          plug Jan 24, 2012 06:22 PM

                          Try their eggplant roti........I hated eggplant til someone got me try it .....now I love eggplant.
                          It is the only time where I don't miss meat in a roti

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                          Balibaba Oct 6, 2011 06:42 AM

                          I agree Island Foods is great for West Indian food! They are family owned, friendly, clean operations run by really nice people. I use to go to the Dufferin Mall 25 years ago when my kids were small and the owners kids were small. Now they have I think 3 or 4 shops around Toronto run by those same kids and their wives! There is a shop on Don Mills between York Mills and Lawrance and the food is boss!

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                            wontonfm Oct 30, 2011 01:47 PM

                            I used to get roti from their Dufferin Mall spot when I was a kid and have been following them around ever since! The food is still good and they run a really good business.

                            I can never find a roti in the city that I like as much as I like Island Foods.

                            WON
                            http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                              Jolinda Oct 7, 2012 01:02 AM

                              I did too follow them for 3 decades and I get cravings once in a while for the unique veggie roti.

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                          fryerlover Oct 6, 2011 03:22 PM

                          Also agree Island Foods makes a great roti. Have tried 4 or 5 other places in Toronto over the years and so far the best for me. I also enjoyed Roti Roti years ago on Albion, although not sure how they are now.

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                          hari mirch Oct 5, 2011 08:34 AM

                          BTW, the "Roti Palace" I think people are talking about is not the one on Finch West that is linked on the right, but Caribbean Roti Palace on Bathurst.

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                          Caribbean Roti Palace
                          744 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S2R6, CA

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                            itzi Oct 5, 2011 04:59 PM

                            One word ......... " GANDHI "....................

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                              Astin Oct 28, 2011 10:28 AM

                              Just finished a Gandhi Chicken Tikka for lunch (about 10 minutes ago). What a disappointment. I['ve done Gandhi lots of times before and this time had NO bite, too much tomato (tasted like a can of tomato paste with some flavour added), and light on filling (lots of sauce, not much chicken, and not even a lot of potato). I came here to see if there was news about new management or something. They cleaned up the sign, removed the middle-heats (not more mild/med, just mild or medium for example), and lowered the heat it seems.

                              Maybe it was just a one-time disappointment, I hope so.

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                                insideman Oct 28, 2011 02:15 PM

                                Gandhi is mediocre and way overpriced.

                                Bacchus FTW!

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                                  dannyboy Oct 30, 2011 08:03 AM

                                  Gandhi I think does some of the best East Indian curries in the city - the only problem i may have is that the food has become a little inconsistant so you never really know if your gonna get mind blowing roti or a so so...the last time i went there was far too much potato. Overall though if you want butter chicken or vindaloo though or even their biriyani that's where i'll hit. Mother India has become my go to and i have never had inconsistancies there and they use the same recipies (it's his sister)
                                  For West Indian i like Bacchus for sure then maybe Ali's curry but i don't really love his shells with the split pea stuff (dal pouri?). I used to be all over Carribean Roti Palace when i was in the annex but found the goat began to get really badly trimmed and there was way too much flub where there should have been meat. Also it went from the friendly family vibe to all of a sudden to too-cool homey vibe which kinda did it for me. Their hot sauce and doubles though are the best.

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                                  Mother India
                                  1456 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1M2, CA

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

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                                mmcookie Jan 24, 2012 05:13 PM

                                I've had decent roti from Charlie's Carribbean on Hurontario & Dundas - sorry, that's Mississauga not Toronto.
                                Anyone know of any good roti in North York? I thought I saw a sign for a place on Keele just south of Steeles but it wasn't open when I passed the plaza.

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