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Silvie Roti Shop review : Worth the drive …

Silvie Roti Shop review : Worth the drive …

This little hidden gem in the depths of Scarborough was pretty hard to find. When I say hidden, it doesn’t show up on Google maps and the little strip mall where Silvie’s is located has no signage to indicate that Silvie’s is there. Silvie’s is definitely not a high end establishment. Typical West Indian roti shop, with spartan walls, a couple Soca/Chutney flyers for upcoming concerts and hand written menu on the wall. Cultural Note: One thing that will be strange to non “Trinis” will be the act of asking if they have something. Hence if they have doubles and Curried  Beef on ... Read More »

Danforth Roti Shop review : Cheap, Downtown and Decent

Danforth Roti Shop review : Cheap, Downtown and Decent

In Downtown Toronto, finding a decent roti isn’t the easiest task ever. With the combination of higher rents, overhead costs, lower Trini populations (unlike the suburbs) and more food variety, it’s tough to keep your head above water. Danforth Roti Shop reminds me of “higher end” roti shops in Trinidad … in that there is cheap fluorescent lighting, hand written signs, yellowed advertisments and maps. Unlike more roti shops in Toronto, they don’t have a visible kitchen. This to me is a bit of a pet peeve, since I like to see what people are doing with my roti. In ... Read More »

Mona’s Roti Shop review : Highly average in Scarborough

Mona’s Roti Shop review : Highly average in Scarborough

As the first in an ongoing challenge to truly find Toronto’s best roti, I started with Mona’s Roti Shop. In the Trinidadian community, roti and doubles are by far the two most popular take-out options. In fact, if you ask any non West Indian about Trinidad, they’ll probably tell some great story about roti and curry at some Trinidadian family friend’s house. In trying to find the best roti in Toronto, rather than listening to the hype of every Ravi, Lalchan & Harrilal on the online forums saying that they know the best roti is at “XXXX Roti & Doubles ... Read More »

Roti Ranking Scale Version 2.0

Roti Ranking Scale Version 2.0

In the newest and latest version of the Roti Ranking Scale … I’ve applied it to two restaurants that D and I ate at this weekend. Danforth Roti Shop and ACR Doubles and Roti in Toronto. The first calibration of the scale was done based on factors described in the scale. BTW for those who think I have waaayyy too much time on my hands … my thinking was before I actually put out my critical thoughts on BlogTO and get absolutely slaughtered by a bunch of yee-haws and white people who never ate a good roti in their lives not too mention, ... Read More »

Roti Ranking Scale Version 1.0

I am by no means, a mathematical whiz or statistician but I figured in starting to review Roti and Doubles, one should have an objective way of measuring apples to apples. No two rotis are ever the same, even from the same vendor, since the “Roti Taste Ranking” (RTR) depends on a number of factors. For instance, the temperature at which the Roti is served, makes a difference on the actual taste experience. If you don’t believe me, go out and get a cold roti skin with luke warm curry, I guarantee it probably won’t be the greatest thing you’ve ... Read More »

Official Roti Reviewer … me?? Damn these “roti” places in Toronto

As the new official “Roti” reviewer for blogTO, I have to apply some scientific Trinidadian principles to finding the best roti in the GTA. For instance, in this article about the best Roti in Toronto, there is claim that “Roti” can be from Barbados, Jamaica and India, which is completely false. When one thinks about a roti, one is referring to that which comes from Trinidad. Would I ever look for Antiguan Sushi, American Bulgogi, Indian Pad Thai? Hell no! In Toronto, when one mentions “Roti”, it is meant to refer to the classic Trinidadian “Dhalpuri” stuffed with curry something ... Read More »