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Gandhi Roti

Posted by Tim / Reviewed on April 18, 2008 / review policy

Gandhi TorontoWho makes Toronto's best roti? Ask most people and they'll say Gandhi at 554 Queen West. The ten-seater roti restaurant has been serving up super-fresh, made-to-order lunches and dinners for years. On the menu are almost two dozen varieties ranging from veggie options like saag paneer ($8.95) and chana ($6.95) to meat-friendly varieties including lamb ($7.95) and butter chicken ($11.95).

On this afternoon I order up a mixed vegetable roti ($6.95 - pictured above and below) which comes with potato, cauliflower and peas. The creation is wrapped in one of Gandhi's hot off the stove roti shells that are made fresh throughout the day. The size of these are definitely a meal and knowing that the kitchen doesn't hold back on the chiles I ask for the spice level to be set to medium.

And then I wait. If there's one criticism that's repeatedly directed toward Gandhi it's that the service is too slow. Get there during the weekday lunch rush and you'll be lucky to get your food in 20 minutes. Sometimes it's longer and line-ups can be deceiving. When I arrived I was only 4th or 5th in the queue but it soon became apparent that oodles of chiken tikka masala fans had called in orders from work - for themselves AND their office chums.

But, if there's one restaurant on Queen West that's worth the wait it just might be Gandhi. For those used to the more widespread Trinidadian or Jamaican rotis in Toronto, the flavours and textures here are definitely something different. For starters, the kitchen specializes in East-Indian rotis which generally means a firmer filling and more intense spicing than what you'd find at places like Bacchus or Ali's.

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Not to be overlooked though is the quality of the shell. I love the fact the kitchen is wide open for all customers to see - and that the roti shell roller is just steps from the order counter. It makes for a fun dining experience especially when you throw in the challenge of maneuvering around the cramped eating area to jostle for the prized seating (12 chairs, four tables).

Worth noting is that owner Avtar Singh can still be found behind the counter. While he usually relinquishes cooking duties to a team numbering about half a dozen, it's great to see him still in the middle of the action, taking orders, packing meals and assuring customers that their order will only be 2-3 more minutes.

For those interested in essentially the same quality roti but in a less frenetic environment, Gandhi's sister-location, Mother India, can be found further west along Queen at Landsdowne.

Gandhi Roti

Discussion

69 Comments

kat / April 18, 2008 at 07:55 pm
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Whoa.

I just got the Tweet about this, and I'm literally eating reheated Gandhi as we speak. LOVE IT!!!
Chris / April 18, 2008 at 08:04 pm
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Does anyone know which of the vegetarian options are vegan?
Teena in Toronto / April 18, 2008 at 09:47 pm
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I went to Gandhi's for the first time a couple weeks ago on someone's recommendation.

It was ... okay. Just okay. I won't be rushing back.

I think Island Foods makes the best rotis evah!
Areem / April 19, 2008 at 03:29 am
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I think on ethical grounds alone, I couldn't patronize a *non-veg* restaurant called 'Gandhi'. Like, seriously, wtf?
loveeatingout / April 20, 2008 at 02:35 am
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there is no comparision between "island food rotis" and "ghandi rotis"...island food rotis have a west indian flavour...whilst ghandi rotis have an east indian flavour...totally different flavours...
Alex / April 21, 2008 at 09:44 pm
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Wow... did somebody just compare The Ghandi to some barely known run of the mill franchise? What has this world come to?

The "first" roties to try are:

1. butter chicken
2. malai kafta
3. saag paneer
4. saag kafta
5. mutter paneer

These are the "delux" roties... I wasn't very fond on the eggplant and potato, even though I absolutely adore both ingredients :)

Samosas are quite excellent as well, big and yummy. Pakoras are nice, but don't let them sit around - they get super dry super fast.

I've been going to Ghandi for over 8 years now... sometimes over 3 times a week if i work around.

I don't think this post can actually count as a "review"... The whole thing could be summarized in "i went to ghandi, it was small" :( I'd expect more said about the best roties in town.

Tip: never go in without ordering ahead. I got the number on speed dial :)
loveeatingout / April 22, 2008 at 12:19 am
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hey alex, u got it, ghandi rotis are the best....i too have them on my speed dial....
Foodhogger / April 24, 2008 at 11:05 pm
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Alex said it best....you gotta try the best rotis first and then 'review' them. I'm sorry but a mixed veggie roti ain't gonna cut it!

Gandhi's and Island Foods = no comparison...two different flavours!

Also, it's not called a roti 'shell', it's simply a roti. It's like when people say "I'd like a chai tea"...you're basically saying "I'd like a tea tea".





Foodhogger / April 24, 2008 at 11:06 pm
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Alex said it best....you gotta try the best rotis first and then 'review' them. I'm sorry but a mixed veggie roti ain't gonna cut it!

Gandhi's and Island Foods = no comparison...two different flavours!

Also, it's not called a roti 'shell', it's simply a roti. It's like when people say "I'd like a chai tea"...you're basically saying "I'd like a tea tea".





Tim / April 25, 2008 at 03:36 am
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My use of the term roti shell is to distinguish the roti (shell) from the roti (entire meal) itself.

As far as what the best rotis are, isn't that a matter of personal preference?
Karin Wyman / April 26, 2008 at 06:03 am
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The best rotis are to be had at the EX, Food building. The longest lineup is proof that the (island) rotis are best. I love Indian cooking but when it comes to roties, guyanese ones are tops
Dankind / April 28, 2008 at 03:41 pm
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"Gandhi's sister-location, Mother India, can be found further east along Queen at Landsdowne."

Shouldn't that be west?
Tim / April 28, 2008 at 06:22 pm
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Oops! You're right. I've been having trouble with my directions lately. Must be the weather. The error has been corrected.
Ron / July 12, 2008 at 06:00 pm
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I'm going to try the "deluxe" Roti's but you can never go wrong with medium heat boneless chicken Roti. Yu-u-u-u-u-um!It is *so* good and the portions are *huge* (and I am not a light snacker)! I always drop by for lunch when I'm in the area and always leave full and satisfied after one of their wonderful Rotis!
magda / July 30, 2008 at 01:07 pm
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Alex,

>>>Wow... did somebody just compare The Ghandi to some barely known run of the mill franchise? What has this world come to?


What an ignorant comment to make. Everyone knows Island Foods, and the only reason it's a "franchise" is because there's so much demand for it. And opening up two different locations isn't franchising, just like Ghandi opened up another store, with a different name mind you, but still the same thing.

I won't comment on Ghandi's because I've yet to try it, but I'm quite versed on Island Foods and I found your comment to be total bullshit.
phil bonnell / August 25, 2008 at 05:28 pm
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BUTTER CHICKEN HOT. BOOM.
silvan / September 11, 2008 at 06:25 pm
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Not bad at all though I've had better INDIAN (east indian is a redundant and fallacious term) food at Drupati's.
daryl / October 3, 2008 at 04:26 pm
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ok ppl listen up and listen good bc i am only saying this once. gandhi is not a traditional "roti" shop in the common meaning of the term. basically gandhi sells mughlai dishes wrapped in sada roti. roti means "bread" in hindi and sada means "plain." this maybe a unique hybrid of food peculiar to toronto as i have never seen anything like it before.

as for traditional roti shops, they are based on the indo-trinidadian folk dishes. the roti used there is "dhalpuri" ( dhal = split peas, puri-a roti cook in oil, in trinidad this differs from the fried indian "puri" found in india). the filling is traditional "talkari" ( talkari = things you eat with roti , similar the the bihari talkari, most indo-trinidadians are from bihari origins).

so in conclusion i hope i have shed light on the whole gandhi v. island foods debate. me it really depends on my mood but i do loves me some dhalpuri...
Mick Ilhenney replying to a comment from Areem / January 10, 2009 at 01:26 pm
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Gandhi's is one of the best roti I have ever had. I have tried all their non-vegetarian rotis and they are all excellent.

> I think on ethical grounds alone, I couldn't patronize a *non-
> veg* restaurant called 'Gandhi'. Like, seriously, wtf?

It's just a name. Like Shoe. It could have been called Shoe Roti, but that would not be very inspiring, would it?
badbhoy / January 19, 2009 at 11:20 am
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They are now closed on Saturday and Sunday. What's up with that? You would think those would be their busier days.
Soren-K / January 31, 2009 at 07:54 pm
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i love gandhi's and east indian style rotis, but the quality has been steadily going down the past few months.

1. the portions are getting smaller. the roti used to fill the entire container, now there are frequently corners "missing".
2. the rotis are sometimes very very salty.
3. the quality of the meats has been going down. before, the lamb was soft and tender, now its more chewy and rough.

i still go there once a week. but i think they are slacking since there is no competition in the area. i've also noticed that the girls behind the counter are no longer there, and now its some random dudes. was there an ownership change?

i hope they get their act together. and no longer open on weekends?!? boo-urns.
angel replying to a comment from Soren-K / March 4, 2009 at 06:19 pm
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I agree - the portions are smaller but the quality hasn't seemed to change - granted, I generally eat veggie. Honestly, I think they're tryna keep up with inflation without raising their prices. It's not easy to cook fresh food so cheaply...
angel replying to a comment from badbhoy / March 4, 2009 at 06:20 pm
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It's because of Mother India. It's not SO far west...but still - yeah.
Lyta replying to a comment from Areem / April 7, 2009 at 04:33 pm
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You miss so much in life that way. Just go check it out then decide. Don't let assumptions get in the way of good eats. You don't have to be a vegetarian to admire Gandhi.
ghandi lover / April 21, 2009 at 01:40 am
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I hired Avtar to come over and show how to make his chana masala and, yes, his butter chicken. One of the people took detailed notes for the recipes. I am obsessed with ghandi. I also have the roti recipe.

If you haven't gone, go mon-fri. Avtar closes his shop to hang out with his family on the weekends.
eune / May 6, 2009 at 07:40 am
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You know what would be good? The mutter paneer filling in a West Indian dhalpuri roti wrap. East meets west people! East meets west.
Ted / May 9, 2009 at 01:14 pm
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I think it's unreasonable to criticize Gandhi's for taking 20 minutes to serve you your roti. They make the them fresh to order, even rolling out the shells. If you want fast food, go elsewhere; Gandhi's makes no pretense of offering it.
Ted replying to a comment from ghandi lover / May 9, 2009 at 01:17 pm
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I am obsessed too. Can I ask what he charges for a lesson?
brittsny replying to a comment from Chris / June 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm
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spinach and potato are vegan! :) (the only one i know of... because i only got that far in the menu before falling in love.
Nicole / July 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm
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Alex asks "Wow... did somebody just compare The Ghandi to some barely known run of the mill franchise?"

FYI Alex, Island Foods has been around for more than 30 years and have had a stand in the CNE food building since the 70's. And each of their 3 locations is family owned and operated, not franchised out. (The father started the business and each of his children run a location.)
Varun / August 27, 2009 at 01:09 pm
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Following the recommendation I went and tried this place. Awesome rotties !!
I will be surprised if someone can finish all of them.
Rich T / September 24, 2009 at 02:10 pm
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I agree these Roti's are #1
wb / November 14, 2009 at 06:34 pm
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This isn't a roti shop and shouldn't be in a review that involves authentic Caribbean roti, which is entirely different.
kensingtonsue replying to a comment from Chris / December 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm
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Hey, the chana masala, mixed vegetables and eggplant/potato are all vegan as far as I know. The mixed veggie is my fav. :)
Albrecht / December 14, 2009 at 08:40 pm
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Incidentally, I was just out biking (lousy weather for it, I know) and noticed that they've opened another Gandhi Roti, on St. Clair, west of Runnymede. So for those of you in Etobicoke, you can get your roti on without all the travel time.
james / January 18, 2010 at 02:36 pm
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Moved out to the burbs a few years ago from Queen West and missed the yummy Gandhi butter chicken roti's that I used to eat 2-3 times as week - new location is not as good as the original but better than any other around (in my opinion)
LP / April 30, 2010 at 02:09 pm
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I just picked up butter chicken roti for lunch today...and found a long, thick, black strand of coarse hair.

Seeing hair nuzzled up between layers of chicken, potato, and roti then get entangled with your fork is enough to keep me away forever. Thank god it was long.

BARF.
angel replying to a comment from LP / May 15, 2010 at 01:09 pm
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That's gotta be a VERY infrequent occurrence. The cook staff at Gandhi ALWAYS wears hair nets.
bellismo / May 22, 2010 at 02:26 pm
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i went their yesterday and their roti portions have gotten smaller and it's a tad salty. i'm pretty dissapointed
bellismo / May 22, 2010 at 02:26 pm
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I went their yesterday and their portions have gotten smaller and it was a bit salty. I was a bit dissapointed.
Daniel replying to a comment from ghandi lover / July 27, 2010 at 09:48 am
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I am also a huge Ghandi fan and travel frequently from Burlington to retrieve massive, normally $200 orders for friends and family. I'm wondering if you were succesful in cooking the roti / curry after observing Avtar. If so, are your notes available? I would love to be able to cook something similar at home, god knows i'll never be able to make the roti but the curry would be okay.
Sampdoria replying to a comment from badbhoy / August 22, 2010 at 11:48 am
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I was speaking to Avatar (we've been friends for almost 10 years now) a few months ago, and he is closed on the weekends due to poor health and wanting to spend time with his family. He also told me he closed Mother India and he sold New York Submarines (which didn't sell subs) on the next block. He wanted to simplify things.

I, too have noticed that the portions are somewhat smaller. No date I ever took there could finish a roti, and they were enough for me so that I wouldn't have to eat anything else the whoe day pretty much...but I still think the quality is there.

Even with the slightly higher prices and noticeably smaller portions, it is pretty good value for your money, and a damn fine roti with high end ingredients.
Chef replying to a comment from Areem / August 23, 2010 at 08:55 am
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Was there only one man that was named Gahndi. There is probably more people with the name Gahndi then there is people who live in Toronto. Ethical. WTF is right.
Kim / September 25, 2010 at 03:46 pm
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I'm not an indian-cuisine connoisseur by any means - mostly due to the fact that cilantro is common to Indian cuisine. I hate cilantro with a passion - and I can say without a doubt that there is NO CILANTRO in Gandhi's Butter Chicken Roti. If there is it is in VERY small amounts because I can smell the difference between parsley and cilantro from 5 ft away.

So whether Gandhi's is better than other indian restaurants - I can't really comment on, but it has me fiending for roti on the regular, so I can say that they serve up some amazing food.

I highly recommend this place - especially to my fellow cilantro haters.
sh4dow / March 2, 2011 at 02:43 pm
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before eating their roti, people should consider the following:
http://www.thestar.com/article/855899

that's quite insane! i wonder whether all rotis are that fat and salty.
lorrie / March 31, 2011 at 05:24 pm
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First time back at Gandi since I moved away five years ago, it was delightful as always!
Lydia / April 21, 2011 at 07:29 pm
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The portions are about 80% of what they were a year ago, and the prices have gone up. One or the other, folks! It was never cheap but the portions were a good size.

Also worth checking out the link suggested by sh4dow above.

I am so sad as it is no longer the joy it was - good food at a not too high price. Have been buying their rotis for more than 10 years, but no more.
Lydia replying to a comment from sh4dow / April 21, 2011 at 07:30 pm
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Thanks for the info, sh4dow.
Guest replying to a comment from Areem / June 21, 2011 at 06:42 pm
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Seriously dude.... You do know that Gandhi is a common last name for a lot of people.. some of whom may eat non-vegetarian food.
sh4dow replying to a comment from Lydia / June 21, 2011 at 07:17 pm
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sure thing, i'm happy somebody found it useful :)
schmucz replying to a comment from Areem / July 26, 2011 at 01:42 pm
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gandhi is his last name its nothing to do with mahatma gandhi
schmucz replying to a comment from Lydia / July 26, 2011 at 01:50 pm
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lydia .. his curry reminds me so much close to the curries we get back home ..

i do not enjoy indian food in toronto, very few restaurants which serves the curry close to indian flavor.
but gandhi roti rocks !!

i don't mind walking home after eating gandhi roti and its still stuffing ..
i know the quantity is small and prices rose .. but his quality is still the same

Special k / August 12, 2011 at 03:27 pm
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I think Ghandi serves the best East Indian Roti. Drupati's in the west end and Roti Hut in Scarborough have the best Caribbean or West Indian Roti. In my humble opinion.
Teer / December 7, 2011 at 01:09 pm
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Nothing special , expensive food , pop
Restaurant charges for take out place.
rexa / December 23, 2011 at 05:39 pm
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best Indian in Toronto I love this place ,
Sneha / January 17, 2012 at 11:40 am
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One of the worst roti restaurant in Toronto. Vert very salty.
Thier butter chicken roti was the worst. Did not taste like butter chicken at all with lots of potatoes in it. Authentic butter chicken does not have potatoes.

Anyone could get high blood pressure with this kind of food.

Would not recommend this restaurant to any one.

JoeToronto / June 30, 2012 at 10:27 am
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I wouldn't give my business to a restaurant that uses the name Gandhi and serves meat.
TJ / August 13, 2012 at 06:44 pm
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Good , but very expensive . Will never pay more than 5 bucks for a ROTI ! ..not worth it . But if you are going to go to McD's and pay 7-8 bucks for their crappy burger , fries & drink ..then you might as well go here & pay 7-8 bucks for a lamb roti :)
Gael Boettecher / September 7, 2012 at 11:51 am
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If you're not calling ahead you're doing it wrong.
Tom / October 24, 2012 at 06:16 pm
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This place is a must try. Very similar to the roti cuisine of India in the way they utilize a very thin roti. The flavours between the two places are very different and both deserve a MUST TRY. I personally think that the Roti Cuisine Of India should be a lot higher on this list.
Me replying to a comment from Areem / December 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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You really are an idiot. But I suspect you already know that.
Me replying to a comment from JoeToronto / December 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm
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Another idiot.
Cliph / March 5, 2013 at 05:52 pm
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Worth moving to Toronto for.
Dan replying to a comment from ghandi lover / April 25, 2013 at 10:57 am
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Hey i noticed you wrote you have the recipe for the Ghandi roti. Can you provide me with it? I'm also an avid eater of these amazing roti's.
I also / April 25, 2013 at 06:47 pm
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I can't believe that people are bitchin about this place serving meat... Get a life you Toronto trash boy girl hipsters!
Caribbean roti lover replying to a comment from Special k / June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am
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Thank you for making that very important distinction between the two cuisines. Below is a reply I left on The Best Roti in Toronto blog, but I think it also applies here.

I am a Guyanese living in TO these past 39 years, and have been following this discussion with great interest.

For those NOT from the Caribbean, let me clear up a few common misconceptions about roti. Roti is the name of the shell… not the package of shell plus filling. But for the purpose of this discussion, I will use the term ‘roti shell’ for the outer wrap, ‘curry filling’ for the filling and ‘roti wrap’ for the complete package. When you are debating the best ‘roti’ here, you need to take two things into consideration: the shell itself and the curry filling. Both contribute to the excellence of the flavour of the ‘roti wrap’. Yet I don’t see anyone discussing the roti shell itself. There are establishments that have very flavourful fillings, but a tasteless roti shell, and vice versa. Surely the ‘best roti’, as you call it, has to be judged on both elements of the roti wrap.

Countries in the Caribbean got their roti (shell) and curries from India when Indians came to the Caribbean as indentured labourers many years ago. Over the centuries, displaced from its Indian origin, the roti shell has evolved in the Caribbean into a flavour and texture entirely different from its Indian predecessor. The same can be said for the curries, as different spices are used in the Caribbean that give their curries a distinct ‘Caribbean’ flavour.

And that is the other issue I want to address. Curry wrapped in roti shell is, as far as I know, a Caribbean thing (I hesitate to say ‘invention’). The establishments like Gandhi and Mother India that have borrowed (ripped off?) the ‘roti wrap’ idea are not only using the Indian-style roti shell foreign to the Caribbean palate but also Indian-spiced curries and fillings. We need to remember that they have adapted a typically Caribbean dish to appeal to those who like Indian food, or those who think they are getting a twist on Caribbean food. All it is is Indian food presented in a Caribbean manner. Indian curry and Indian roti are a far cry from Caribbean food. So to compare, in the same forum, Gandhi’s and its ilk with ANY Caribbean establishment is like comparing apples to oranges. They are not, and should not be, considered the same genre of food, and therefore do not belong in this discussion. Start a new discussion for “best Indian adaptation of the Caribbean roti wrap for those who like Indian food”. I’m sure Gandhi will fare well in such a forum. Those from the Caribbean who like Gandhi’s or Mother India’s roti wrap certainly don’t confuse it for Caribbean food, nor would even think of comparing it, despite what these establishments call it.

Regarding the best roti establishment… here is the rule of thumb I use. If I go into a Chinese restaurant and don’t see Chinese patrons, or an Indian restaurant and don’t see Indian patrons, I get the hell out of there so fast, my nose bleeds. Who knows authentic food better than those who grew up cooking and eating it ‘back home’? So, without meaning to disrespect anyone, I would listen more to the opinions of those who are clearly of Caribbean background on the issue of ‘best roti’. If a Japanese recommends the best sushi place, I’ll certainly try it. If a fellow Guyanese does, I would take it with a pinch of salt.

Breaking that down further, jerk is a Jamaican specialty. Why would I want to buy jerk chicken from a Guyanese or Trini or Bajan establishment? Same argument for doubles, which is a Trini specialty. I have never yet bought doubles from a Guyanese establishment that I have enjoyed after having tasted the authentic thing while visiting Trinidad. Guyanese tend to make the baras (the fried flat breads that sandwich the chick peas) too thick, the way we like to eat them back home. But the trick of good doubles lies in the delicately thin baras that the Trinis make so that they don’t overpower the flavour of the channa (chick peas) filling. And now for roti and curry. In my opinion after trying all types, my sincere advice is this: go to a Trini or Guyanese establishment for the best roti and curry. This is a staple diet for us and therefore many Guyanese and Trini establishments tend to make it like mom and grandma did – with authentic Caribbean spices, textures and flavours.

Another rule of thumb. The best roti shells are those that are made for you as you wait. Some establishments either have them made earlier and stacked up in a pile, or worse, don’t make them at all but heat up pre-made shells cooked elsewhere. Avoid the latter like the plague! Roti shells should be made for you as you wait, and they should be soft and pliable (not thick like Gandhi), and should be flavourful not a mouthful of tasteless flour like Gandhi. You see, for Gandhi, the shell is just a vehicle for their fillings. For the Caribbean roti, the shell is an integral part of the wrap. Some roti shells will contain a lot of ground split peas, but most Caribbean rotis will at least contain some. This is the yellowy spiced powdery stuff that is cooked inside the roti shell. And this is what gives the Caribbean roti its unique flavour that Gandhi and its ilk can never hope to match.

Regarding curry, let me make the distinction here between spicy ‘hot’ and spicy ‘flavourful’. For an alarming amount of people, the misconception is that spicy only means hot. Wrong! Spices are flavourful seasonings that enhance the taste of food. When food is spicy ‘hot’, it is usually because some form of pepper has been added, not because of the spices. Curry is a spicy ‘flavourful’ dish. It can sometimes be a spicy ‘hot’ dish depending on personal preference. Curry needs to be spicy ‘flavourful’. Caribbean curry is spicy ‘flavourful’ not salty ‘flavourful’ like Gandhi and most Indian restaurants. Expect it to be spicy. For those who expect bland curry in a Caribbean establishment, understand that you are not getting authentic Caribbean flavours. Bland curry from Caribbean establishments is quite frankly a sell-out and I recommend avoiding them like the plague. Look around when you go in. Are there any West Indians dining there? Do you know why London, England is the best place in the world to buy authentic Indo-pakistani food outside of the Indian sub-continent? Because the British not only understand that authentic curry needs to be spicy, but also appreciate and frequent the establishments that provide it. So any discussion about the taste of the Caribbean curry wrapped in the Caribbean roti shell has to take spicy ‘flavourful’ into consideration. Again, those from the Caribbean are the best judges of this and you should listen more carefully to what they have to say on the matter as they have a ‘back home yardstick’ to measure against.

That said, here are my picks for ‘best roti’. This is only my humble opinion after much research but it is by no means an exhaustive list as it is still a work in progress. For best roti shell, in no particular order, Island Foods (Don Mills Rd.), Caribbean Roti Palace (next to Honest Ed’s) and Roti Palace (Jane/Finch Mall). The roti shell is always made as you wait and the flavour is consistently good. For most flavourful curry, in no particular order, Island Foods – goat (Don Mills Rd.), Caribbean Roti Palace – chicken (next to Honest Ed’s), Tropical Joe’s – goat (Woodside Mall). For best overall roti wrap, it’s Island Foods and Caribbean Roti Palace for me. I guess you can see that both the shell and the filling have to impress me for me to call it the best. I’ve eaten at Ali’s, Bacchus, Pam’s and other establishments mentioned in this discussion, but I was not impressed with the overall package. Pam’s chicken roti in particular was far too salty. Just my opinion of course. Before Coconut Grove changed ownership a few years ago, it was my favourite downtown roti haunt. I was known to plan my film festival movie times and locations around lunch at Coconut Grove. Now I notice someone posting that Rockwell Café has the best roti, and my heart started racing. Why? Because it was Steve Rockwell’s daughter who owned Coconut Grove, and 100 Bond St belongs to Steve Rockwell. I never knew Rockwwell Café existed until now, but I will certainly try it to see if my Coconut Grove owner is running it. And people, if she is, check it out… you will certainly not be disappointed by the excellent traditional Guyanese roti and curry.

For authentic doubles, ACR (Scarborough) and Drupaties (Mississauga, Scarborough) have no competiton. For doubles, hunt out the Trini establishments and avoid the Guyanese ones. For portion size, Tropical Joe’s is king. No contest. Go very hungry or you’ll have to take home the rest. Island Foods tends to be stingy with their meat, but as mentioned, their roti wraps are delicious.

I have no recommendations for jerk or vegetarian as I rarely eat either so I will bow to the opinions of those more knowledgeable than myself.
Goodstuff / March 7, 2014 at 09:15 pm
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Maurya is affiliated with Gahndi and Mother India. It is quite good. On Lake Shore W!

http://www.mauryaeastindianroti.ca/

Mark / March 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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most awful tasteless butter chicken I've ever had in Toronto
Dayne Jackson / September 29, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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Who ever made up this list do not know a thing about roti.
I went to try the best roti in town. It was good. But this is an unfair comparison for Trinidad / Caribbean Roti shops vs Indian Roti Shops. These web list are very powerful in generating or losing business. This is like comparing Italian pasta to Chinese noodles (pasta came from China.) Trinidad / Caribbean Roti and Indian Roti are 2 totally different types of food. This is an apples and oranges type of comparison. The filling is totally different with different type of curry. Also Indians use a machine to make the dough flat and Caribbean cooks use their hands.

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