Caribbean Sunset is Toronto’s fast casual destination for island eats with a little added cocktail lounge flair.
They offer quick takeout combos of Caribbean staples like chicken dishes and curries along with seafood and veggie options, but hope to draw people in with an atmosphere that includes live entertainment.
The space is simple but neatly decorated, swimming in a pale shade of blue. Owner Douglas Ling does construction design, and fashioned the light wood bar with quirky pipe accents himself.
The menu is divided into simple appetizers of soup, salad and house patties and combos that include two sides of seafood and vegetarian or meat options including a fried catch of the day. For $24, go for the chef’s special, a daily starter, main, and dessert.
You can turn any of the combo options into a roti. We do this for jerk shrimp ($12), with callaloo and potato in a Mona’s roti.
For sides, we have sweet plantains and crispy, stretchy knots of festival dumplings. Creamy coleslaw comes with everything automatically when dining in.
Pepper shrimp ($12) fills your mouth with flavour and is accompanied by spicy rice and beans. You’re able to order any dish mild, medium or hot. Also, try some of Ling’s dad’s hot sauce, which is also sold here for $10.
Naturally, the unique soursoup ice cream ($4.50) for dessert is made by Ling’s mom. Sour and tangy, it’s a really wonderful treat ending a spicy meal.
Along with Somersby cider ($8) and margaritas ($11), Ling also whips up the “Maracas” ($14), named for a beach on the island of Trinidad. It's a spiked coconut with an ounce of Malibu, lemon, San Pellegrino and dry ice for a cocktail that’s not only delicious but looks impressive.
Chef Christopher Farquharson has been cooking all his life like Ling has been doing construction all his life. They teamed up when they saw this place with a prime location near The Comrade and I’ll Be Seeing You was up for grabs, and thankfully for Riverside they haven’t turned back.