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Apr 9, 2012 07:25 AM

Singh's vs Ali's

Which of these two Roti places to Hounders prefer ? I have been hitting Ali's lately but reading reviews on Signh's it seems I may have to give them a shot.

also, any other roti shops in the area ?

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  1. I love Ali's but have not been to Singh's. I hope this thread dies quickly because the lines at Ali's are already long enough at lunch.

    1. My personal preference:

      Roti: Ali's slight edge over Singh's.
      Palourie: Singh's
      Doubles: Singh's
      Pelau: Ali's
      Sauces (Tamarind and Pepper): Singh's

      Both are great IMO.

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      1. re: Matt H

        I second almost everything that Matt H says. The only difference is that I like the roti at Ali's much better.

        The doubles at Singhs are much different than what I had in Trinidad, but, damn, are they good. His hot sauce is amazing! It's worth a trip there just for a couple doubles.

      2. I went to Ali's a lot this past year (both locations, but mainly the Mattapan one), and really like it. I particularly like their shrimp and their pumpkin. I only went to Singh's once in the past year, for the doubles, and they were amazing. Ali's only has doubles on the weekend, but Singh's has them made to order on any day.

        For roti, it sounds like you should do a side-by-side taste test and report back!

        But like Matt H says, they are both great.

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        1. re: Dave MP

          years ago, i saw a LED sign in Singh's that said 'Thursday - Shark and Bake'. the laminated menu Singh gave me doesn't have it on there. do either places do this dish?

          a trini friend from Toronto said to check out Trini/Guyanese-Chinese restaurants. both the Naparima Girls and Guyana cookbooks have chinese sections. do any restaurants exist in the area?

          1. re: ix9

            They both have it as a special, not a regular menu item. I have had it at Ali's twice (I believe Saturday is Shark and Bake day) but never at Singh's. It was good at Ali's, not Maracas Bay good, but as good as you will find in this part of the world.

            I am not aware of any West Indian-Chinese places here in Boston, but I do have a favorite in Toronto, check out Scarlet Ibis.