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Ali's Roti

Posted by Tim / Reviewed on August 4, 2006 / review policy

20070524_alisplate.jpgWhen it comes to roti in this city there's plenty of options. Normally when I'm anywhere near Parkdale I'll opt for Bacchus but as they were unexpectedly closed earlier this week, I wandered down the street to Ali's West Indian Roti Shop which despite what the vinyl sign out front would have you believe, this place has actually being around for a while.

Ali's is one of those restaurants that puts photos of the food on the wall behind the order counter which seems like sort of a bizarre move as the pics don't look too appetizing. But as I later found out the photos are somewhat true to form. The chicken paratha roti my friend ordered was delivered as above. Little chunks and bits of chicken and potato drowning in a pool of gravy-like sauce on a paper plate. Yum.

20070524_alisroti.jpgI played it a bit safer and ordered a veggie roti straight up. It was filled with spinach and squash which was the recommendation from the guy behind the counter, and incidentally one of the usual combos I get at Bacchus.

There's plenty of seating inside the restaurant and we managed to score a two seater by the window. This allowed us to catch a drug deal in action.

Back to my roti. On first appearances (below), it didn't appear to be a winner. The filling was really runny, even more so than what I'm used to at Vena's on Bloor. But surprisingly the taste was pretty good and I had no problem finishing the whole thing.

Overall, Ali's West Indian Roti Shop isn't bad in a pinch. The service is fast and friendly and the food tastes better than it looks. But given the roti options in this city - and the fact that Bacchus is just down the street - I can't think of too many reasons to make a return trip.

Ali's West Indian Roti Shop, 1446 Queen Street West, 416-532-7701



jamie / August 4, 2006 at 09:32 am
Their pumpkin by itself is quite tasty.
Jim / August 5, 2006 at 12:58 pm
I love Ali!!

It's a more home-style food than you get at Bachus, whiich I like, and also a much more home-style vibe, which I love.

Bacchus is delicious, but when I eat there, I feel like I could just as easily be in the Annex or on College Street. Eating at Alis is a real taste of parkdale in the best possible way - it's lively and busy with all sorts of people coming through.

For gourmet Roti: Bacchus. For spicy, sloppy Parkdale food and living: Ali.

Mrs Bonanza / March 11, 2009 at 07:44 am
My family and I have been coming to Ali for years. It's very authentic guyanese food. Back home we don't roll the curries into our rotis. In fact it is within Canada that I first saw this happen; my family and I laughed for hours about it.

Bacchus is just hype, backed by people who are afraid to get their hands dirty. Ali's is authentic
Amrita B. / October 28, 2009 at 07:44 pm
Re:Mrs. Bonanza
I'm sorry for your lack of intelligence but, Ali's is not 'guyanese' but trinadian. Therefore it would not be "authentic guyanese food".
Nevetha / October 28, 2009 at 07:50 pm
Ali's roti is really dry, whereas the curry is runny and watered down. Personally I perfer Roti Lady, for the better quality and resonable price range.
jenna replying to a comment from Mrs Bonanza / October 28, 2009 at 07:54 pm
You are an idiot Ali's is trinidad not guyanese.
SG / December 6, 2009 at 03:22 pm
aziz / February 10, 2010 at 07:11 pm
Funny thing Ali's has outlasted all the Roti shops that came along over the past 30 years in that area. Everyone has a different liking and when it comes to curry goat Ali's is the best. The service is great, it is fast and friendly but I do agree the pictures are not the best, however it is better than other establishments where the pictures are more appealing than the actual food. When I feel for West Indian food, Ali's is the place I would go.
visham chattoo / March 1, 2011 at 06:09 pm
i cant say for alis but who in trinidad i can tell you that d curry and grill house give you the real thing when it comes to curry you actually get a 100%homestyle cooking for your money and there food does not have any oil in it you ever taste fireside food , well taste fire side food from a stove for more info facebook curry and grill house or visham chattoo and go to link
Graby / November 18, 2011 at 03:57 pm
Ali's Chicken Roti gave me the most violent food poisoning of my life! My face went blue!!! Caution to all Torontonian's. This place is not a safe place to eat.
Roctop replying to a comment from Graby / November 19, 2011 at 03:06 pm
Did you call the Ministry about it? I can believe it, the first photo does look a lot like excrement. They should be shut down.
somatuline depot / March 30, 2012 at 11:52 am
Im obliged for the blog post. Will read on...
GoatRoti / April 19, 2012 at 12:16 am
Best Roti is Island Foods on King just east of Dufferin next to the BK. Always a line up, always tasty, THE BEST! The only down fall is that they take forever in making you're food lol. Sometimes I've felt like telling them to speed the fuck up! And with the line ups, you could easily be waiting 20 mins to finally be handed your food but it's well worth the wait! Best thing to do is call ahead of time like 15mins and they usually have your order ready.
claptank replying to a comment from visham chattoo / May 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm
yes, I will go to link for GREAT JOY curry!! 100% good perfcect clastoblam. let's be in heaven with authentic homestyle roti experience. smoosh my face with a brick.
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Pat / September 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm
well looking at the pic of ali's food ...disgusting ..I dont think you guys really comment on this kind of food. But we need to find a more better food store and start eating some decent West Indian dishes. The looks of a dish have a lot on impact what we eat, color help alot n more. Also putting my curry in my Roti is not how food is serve. Get saggy n bad for digestion /lol
Jackie / November 9, 2012 at 07:50 pm
Ali's is amazing, and If you check other reviews they're very clean and authentic. They have been highly publicized as well, and rightfully so! They've been on the news for such good things. Honestly, the best! Love love
Coco / November 13, 2012 at 05:46 pm
Ali's was my first roti, 25 years ago! Still love! I've tried most in the city I think, but always come back! Never disappoints.
K. Chong / February 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Can you use less oil or ghee in the roti ? Excess grease clogs the arteries.
Can you use unbleached flour to make the dough ? White enriched flour has a bleach called alloxan which labs use to cause diabetes in mice. What about some whole wheat flour ?

triniwaza / February 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm
I have been comming to Ali's for as long as have lived in Toronto, the Roti is made fresh to order & consistantly a Trinidadian who has eaten roti in almost every hole in the wall back home, I can say Ali's goat dhalpourie is very good.there is a reason the place has been around for all these years. now if you want doubles go to Bloor & bathurst(roti palace).

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