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Best Roti in TO?

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My favourite is Ali's at Queen W. & Lansdowne but I'd welcome other recommendations. The wrapper they have is very good (thin, not greasy) and the filling varies--but when they do it well---YUMMMM! My fav is chicken with veg.

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  1. Given Ali's inconsistency, its surly service and its dinginess, I'd rather go elsewhere for my roti. Bacchus (a block east) and Vena (Queen West, west of Bathurst) do a good job with Guyanese/West Indian rotis, and Gandhi (also on Queen West, east of Bathurst) makes an amazing East Indian roti; its butter chicken and chicken jalfrizi rotis are some of the best food in Toronto.

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    1. re: Mr. Guy

      I usually eat at Island Foods at King and Dufferin. I also have eaten at Roti Palace, just south of Honest Ed's on bathurst. Any thoughts on this place? I think its good but not the best. My favorite is the goat roti.

      1. re: alsiem

        I am not a vegetarian, but enjoy eating veg. cuisine quite often. In response, I would say that the roti with potato, squash and spinach at Caribbean Roti Palace (south of Honest Eds) is really excellent! Recommended.

        R.

      2. re: Mr. Guy

        I have to 2nd on the Gandhi Rotis. They are dangerous though. I go into withdrawl when I don't have them every week. The Butter Chicken & Chicken Jalfrizi are my favorites. They shouldn't be compare to Carribean Rotis as this is a different taste all together, just to be fair.

        1. re: Mr. Guy

          I have to 2nd on the Gandhi Rotis. They are dangerous though. I go into withdrawl when I don't have them every week. The Butter Chicken & Chicken Jalfrizi are my favorites. They shouldn't be compare to Carribean Rotis as this is a different taste all together, just to be fair.

        2. Sorry, forgot the name (might be "Roti King"). I'll do my best to explain the location...

          when you are heading south on Spadina from College, take the first street to the Kensington district (also has a parking entrance on the south side of this street). Also on the south side of this street, but maybe 3 stores west of the parking entrance is a Caribbean food place.

          in summary: good roti!!!

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          1. re: Goober

            I went to Roti Hut last night (around 7 pm) and got a beef roti and doubles. Although it was a nice roti, I do not understand why people are praising it as the best roti in town. It was not fresh, and by the time I got home (5 mins later), only the centre was warm.

            I am not a roti expert by any means, but maybe I went there on an off night? Or the roti at lunch time is better since it is fresher? Maybe I need to get extra meat, extra gravy?

            This is the first time I had doubles - and it was not fresh either. Both items seemed to have been sitting around for many hours.

            When I used to work in Parkdale, I ate at the Roti Lady (always fresh and very cheap), Bacchus, Island foods, Ali's - and all were decent (some more expensive than others).

            If someone can convince me to go to Roti Hut again, I am willing to try it out. Perhaps they can give me their exact recommendation, and I will get that. Going at lunch is not an option for me, unless it is on the weekend.

            1. re: Goober

              i was at this location today!
              It's Patty King on the south side of Baldwin ; west of Spadina and yes they have great rotis.

            2. Without a doubt, the place to go is Roti Hut on Pitfied Drive in Scarborough. West of McCowan, south of Sheppard. You never get a "bad" roti from this place. Quality and flavour as well as quantity is exceptional.

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              1. re: Sanjev

                Yes, The Roti Hut on Pitfield is the BEST IN TOWN. Have been to about a dozen around the city and the Hut is by far the best! I drive 15kms from work at lunchtime to have a chicken roti with extra meat, gravy and pepper. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......

                I have good taste for a white guy!

                JJ

                1. re: George

                  Yes I agree !!!! By far the best, and I'm a cracker as well. The first Roti I ever experienced was in Barbados around 1984. The owners asked where we are from and we told them Toronto, they told they owned the Roti Hut and told us where it is. I was living in the condos on the Easet side of mcCowan south of Sheppard. This opened my mind to ethnic foods and I've enjoyed all kinds since. I've tried Rotis from dozens of places around the city and this place is number 1

                  1. re: Spot

                    Yes! Roti Hut is great!!

                    I also like Ghandi's and Island Foods (on King), but Roti Hut is by far my favorite.

              2. Oooh... must chime in.

                The aforementioned Ali's and Bacchus on Queen West are decent (try Bacchus' pumpkin fritters with a bit of pepper sauce too.... mm-mmm-good)... Island Foods (or is it Island King) in the OCAD building at McCaul (you know...Village by the Grange) has quite a beefy curry to go with their rotis too.

                And, if you wanna trump that, head thee up to Albion and Islington, where Drupatee's and Roti Roti duke it out for supremacy (yea... I got a thing for roti).

                Hint: eat roti with your hands (washed, of course) as you would with a sandwich. The oils from your skin will react with and lend a differ flavour to the roti. Guess this goes for all hand-ready foods, uh?

                Hope this helps.

                Will

                1. I always go to Tarin Roti Shop on Gerrard east of Parliament in Regent Park. The location can be a little scary but the roti are amazing. He makes each shell fresh when you order. It takes a little longer but is worth the wait. The hot sauce here is the best in the city. IMHO.

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                  1. re: K8

                    thanks for the tip! i live not too far from there, and would like to try this shop (i usually go all the way to gandhi's for the butter chicken or the chicken jalfrezi roti). what are your favourite rotis from tarin? thanks!