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Sep 19, 2011 04:02 AM

Best Roti?

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

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  1. You might have begun with a search and would have found this: among others.

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    1. re: Yongeman

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

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

    2. 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.

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

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

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      1. re: hari mirch

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

          1. re: prima

            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.

          2. re: hari mirch

            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.

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

            1. re: aser

              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.

              1. re: JennaBean

                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).

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

                1. re: hari mirch

                  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.

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

          3. 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.

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

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            1. re: garfield

              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.

            2. 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!!

              1. 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.

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

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