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Caribbean Food Basket

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on November 1, 2011

Caribbean Food BasketCaribbean Food Basket offers everything to do with Caribbean eats. In fact, this Finch West store just east of Highway 27 is really three shops in one; it's a bakery, a roti takeout spot, and a grocery store with its own butcher shop tucked away in the back.

Caribbean Food BasketI stopped by Caribbean Food Basket on a Sunday afternoon, expecting a bustle of activity but instead got relative quiet with ample parking out front and plenty of space in the aisles. Well, now that's not exactly true since everything inside is packed in tight, but at least I didn't have to do the awkward "sideways graze" when moving from produce to pantry.

Caribbean Food BasketThe front area of the store, I assume, is where customers come for curry, roti, and doubles for snacks, though it was pretty much closed up the afternoon I dropped by. There were still some bakery items, including loaves, cheese rolls, pine tarts, patties, and other Guyanese sweet and savoury treats, but it was clear the baking was off for the day, so I decided to check out the aisles instead.

Caribbean Food BasketCaribbean Food Basket offers a small selection of fresh produce; everything from coconuts to plantains, okra, and greens. The bulk of the shop, however, is occupied with Caribbean cooking essentials. There are various types of ghee (a sort of clarified butter), huge sacks of rice, dried beans, flours, and spices, of course, which aren't immediately apparent to the eyes but certainly to the nose.

Caribbean Food BasketThe back end of the store is all freezer with butterfish filets, bangamary, and other seafood, right before you hit the butcher area. With barely enough room for two people at the counter, there are the typical beef and chicken options, as well as goat, which is to be expected of a Caribbean butcher, but I was most impressed with the variety of fish.

Caribbean Food BasketThere was hassa, for one, at $4.49/lb, which is a slick, dark-scaled fish used predominantly in Guyanese curries. Both red and grey snapper were listed among the offerings, as well as catfish and whole gilbaka (another common Guyanese curry fish) sold for $5.59/lb.

The adventurous side of me teased at taking home a portion and experimenting with heat and spices in my kitchen, but I decided best to leave it to the pros and return to Caribbean Food Basket when I can count on the take-out.

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Discussion

16 Comments

Akhil / November 24, 2011 at 06:10 am
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Nalini Ramcharan / March 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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man dem people fish stink , one time me buy fish there. the man say it is gilbaka but he skunt give me curass and the curass skunt wasnt even good. it spoil. they talk to much an sell garbage no good quality fish. Variety is there but no good quality. Greens is better !
Sharon / June 5, 2012 at 01:27 pm
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Hi Nalini, I am sorry that you had that experience while shopping at my store. My customers can always return items if there are not good. Our aim is always to provide quality goods and service. Goods are purchased in good faith especially frozen. It is hard to determine the quality of frozen items when purchased from our suppliers.It is only when defrosted that one can determine the quality.Again I am sorry about your experience. We will gladly refund you the money spent if you can provide the receipt!
Gaye Somerton de Jimenez / October 11, 2012 at 09:48 am
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Good Morning Sharon:
Do you carry any products from the Dominican Republic? I live north of Toronto and will be in the city Friday October 12th. I am looking for a liquid seasoning called "Sazon Ranchero" by a company called Baldon in particular. Thanks!
Jayshree Virk / November 22, 2012 at 02:22 pm
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Do you sell soursop leaves? Not frozen.
If you don't sell it would you know who sells it?

Thanks,
Jayshree
Ari / December 11, 2012 at 01:23 am
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Hi,
Do you sell west indian style salted ham, need one for this christmas?
Pete Donaldson / December 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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My question is the same as Ari's. do you sell West Indian Style Ham? Trinidadian ham would be ideal but West Indian Ham would be terrific? Please respond? Thank You!
Marg / December 24, 2012 at 04:39 pm
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Do you sell bammy
Penny Bowman / March 17, 2013 at 04:54 pm
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Do you sell Ecaf Vanilla Extract (for baking)? If not, does anyone know where I can find it in Toronto?
michelle replying to a comment from Sharon / April 4, 2013 at 09:20 pm
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Do you sell soursop juice or pulp,must be 100% soursop
saadiq michaels / April 21, 2013 at 05:13 pm
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Hi I'm interested in knowing if you have a high volume of Jamaican shoppers that shop in your store. My reason for asking is that I own a company that trade in Jamaican/Caribbean groceries and non grocery items. Would very much like to start trading with your company Caribbean Food Basket.....thank you
Shameena Ali / November 12, 2013 at 05:34 pm
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The guy that owns the place talk share crap. His products are no good !!!! Best thing is they close down before a health inspector fines them
michelle / November 13, 2013 at 09:45 pm
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Hi I am looking for the Cuban spice blends. one is Bijol and the other is sazon (not made with saffron). Please if you have it I would love to come and purchase it and if not does anyone know of a store in the Toronto area that I can go and pick it up. Thank you
jhon / December 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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i am looking for "Bitter Cup", can anybody help me?
Thanks
Sharon / March 3, 2014 at 10:04 am
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Dear Valued Customers, we have moved to a new location!
2300 Finch Ave West, M9V 5H7
We have also added a dine-in feature to serve you better: De Karibbean King Eatery!
Come check out the new bakery & restuarant!
Joseph / April 3, 2014 at 04:16 pm
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I'm looking for Jamaican Grapenut Ice cream. Anyone know where I can find some?

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