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Bacchus

Posted by Tim / Reviewed on January 1, 2005 / review policy

BacchusIf there's one food that Toronto should be known for it's roti. It's a mainstay of summer festivals like Pride Week and is rumoured to be in consideration as a hot dog alternative at the hoped-for new-and-improved concession stands at the SkyDome.

A long-time player on the roti scene, Parkdale based Bacchus is an understated boite that serves up tasty and cheap Guyanese and Barbadian cuisine. The specialty here is the vegetarian rotis, and the flavors are decidedly different that what can be found at spots further east along Queen such as Gandhi's or the Real Jerk.

Bacchus RotiFor the veggie rotis, you get to choose from fillings such as squash, potato, green beans, chick peas and mushrooms. Since each additional veggie costs an extra buck, two items at $5.99 seems to work for me.

I've worked my way through a good portion of the menu. I'd recommend the spinach and squash combo although the curried chick peas are also a good bet. Extra fixin's such as lettuce, tomato and onions can be added on request.

Bacchus Inside
The meat rotis are also worth a look although you won't find anything here that's better than the other top roti players in the city. Samosas, soups, sumptuous sweet potato fries, rice 'n' peas and a selection of desserts are also on the menu.

Bacchus, 1376 Queen St West. 416-532-8191

Discussion

10 Comments

Chris Orbz / October 7, 2008 at 01:37 am
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Apparently Bacchus is temporarily closed for renovations
Amanda Scriver / October 7, 2008 at 09:15 am
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I work in Parkdale and Bacchus was actually closed for Restaurant Makeover. The reveal happened last night. I'm excited to see what changes they made.
Theo / March 4, 2009 at 04:48 pm
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Apparently Restaurant Makeover did not do such a great job and had to come back later and fix all the mistakes for free. It looks pretty good. I like there roti fillings but the roti shell is horrible. The curry is very good and tasty though but I prefer Ali's a few doors by landsdown/bloor because their roti shell is authentic and curry is just as good. If only you could have Ali's roti and Bacchus filling.
roti / April 9, 2009 at 10:28 am
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I've been a long time customer and have seen the prices go up and the roti size go down. Very annoying and getting too expensive to want to go back. Quality is still good. You can get a much bigger roti from Gandhi for the same or less price.
Bibi / May 14, 2009 at 10:38 pm
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I agree that the prices have gone up and the roti sizes have gone down. I do miss the two size roti size option that Bacchus used to offer. I do enjoy Ghandi.

That being said, every so often I get a craving so strong for a Bacchus roti that I have to make the trek down to Parkdale to pick one up. Or more -- usually I get one for same day ingestion and a second one for the next day.

And really, where else can you get a roti with melted cheese?!? I don't know whether or not that's considered an "authentic" filler, but I can't say that I really care either -- it's yummy.

Might have to try Ali's in order to compare and contrast. But I suspect I'll still end up at Bacchus.
Steph / October 20, 2010 at 05:48 pm
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I used to be a big fan of Bacchus Roti, but after my last experience, I'm definitely going to think twice about going back. It looks prettier after the whole "Restaurant Makeover" reno, but the quality of the food has gone down.

If you have the nerve to charge $14.50 for a shrimp and cheese roti, you'd better make sure to include more than 3 shrimp inside the damn thing. (Seriously! Is that so unreasonable a request?! I've paid less for Pad Thai with shrimp AND chicken, and they usually include 4-5 shrimp per serving)

I had the same experience with the beef, squash, and spinach roti, which was similarly priced at $13.95. They put in tons of squash and spinach as filler, but the protein was in short supply.

Overall, it's been a serious letdown. When I have a craving for roti, I'll be forking over my hard-earned dollars to the folks at Mother India or Ali's instead.
robert willson / December 8, 2010 at 02:39 pm
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We used to go to Bacchus years ago back in the 90's. It was amazing the goat being my fav for $7.95! It saddens me the prices have shot up and quality gone down from the comments above.

Not living in Toronto anymore I have craved Bacchus, now...?
Jimall Harvey / April 8, 2011 at 07:32 am
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I work really close by Bacchus and every chance i get i go in and have lunch there,hands down no question the best Roti shop in toronto.
chuk / December 11, 2011 at 02:37 pm
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I used to eat at Bacchus a lot in its previous two locations,neither of which had seats. You had to wait 16 minutes because each roti was made to order, An article in the Globe and Mail quoted Mr.Bacchus is it was done that way because if you didn't the shells would become tough and leathery and doing them fresh was how his mom taught him. Shortly after they moved into the place at Queen and Cowan I noticed the Roti's coming out faster and tougher. I lost my taste for them. Glad to see the survived the curse of Restaurant Make Over. They are nice folks.
Craig Rose / January 11, 2012 at 04:33 pm
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As I live around the corner I find the pricing here way to high with so many other roti options within walking distance, like Ali's or island Foods, I have not been back to Bacchus in years

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