The Best Caribbean Restaurants in Toronto
The best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto are all about the flavour (or 'flavah' if you cite the last entry on this list). The jerk should be spicy and smoky, the roti seasoned and succulent, and (in an ideal world) something cool and freshly-squeezed to wash it all down. The best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto might sometimes be lacking in the decor department, simply reinforcing the perils to be had (lack of deliciousness) when one judges a book by its cover. Or Caribbean restaurant by its dilapidated sign.
Here is the list of the best Caribbean restaurants in Toronto.
No curry goat here but there's plenty of Caribbean flavour in its stead. Spiced pumpkin, textured vegetable, and chickpea and potato make up the roti offerings here, which go alongside One Love's famous vegan (obviously) corn soup. The only thing louder than the glee of a satisfied One Love smoothie-drinker is the bright green mural hugging its Bathurst Street exterior. More »
Mona's Roti shines as a superior Caribbean restaurant because it feels like the inside of someone's kitchen. The Mona behind Mona's Roti started her business in Trinidad in 1983, and has carried the same from-scratch recipes with her to Sheppard East. The roti is clearly a signature offering, but Mona's is also known for its stews, jerk chicken, and chewy doubles. More »
I remember passing by Albert's as a kid and consistently wondering just what would constitute fake (non-real) Jamaican food. Of course, Albert's devotees would likely say it's just about anything that doesn't come from this St. Clair West restaurant. Recently relocated a few steps north in its strip mall at the corner of Vaughan Road, Albert's might have lost a bit of character, but its jerk chicken, oxtail and stewed beef is still as tasty as ever. More »
Bacchus Roti is certainly one of the names that first comes to mind when conjuring up a list of Toronto's best roti. Say what you will about its post-Restaurant Makeover price hike, the roti at Bacchus has remained some of the top-reputed in the city. Options such as beef, squash, and spinach, cheese and shrimp, beef curry and more dominate the menu, almost enough to make you forget there actually are other Caribbean options available. More »
I will never get so mature as to not snicker at Mr. Jerk's name, just as I'm pretty sure jerk devotees will never tire of its food. With multiple locations in Toronto, Mr. Jerk remains a bit of a hole in the wall but it's incredibly consistent in the quality of its fare, and those in the know flock here for its curried oxtail and jerk pork. Really reasonable prices as well. More »
Caribbean Wave certainly has square-footage over the other Caribbean spots on this list, occupying an expansive restaurant and lounge on Milner Avenue in Scarborough. While you should expect to wait a little longer for your meal, Caribbean Wave offers more variety than most, including Caribbean-style low mein, chow mein, and fried rice. More »
Mainsha Restaurant has several locations throughout the GTA, meaning you're never too far from tasty, cheap Caribbean food. Jerk chicken, rice n' peas and coleslaw is the old faithful at any Mainsha, which also offers chicken for change each week during Toonie Tuesdays. More »
While Leslieville is still reeling from The Caribbean Dutchpot's departure, Broadview and Danforth has welcomed the restaurant with forks on alert. The Caribbean Dutchpot offers a full roster of Caribbean favourites including curry goat, oxtail, and roti, with tough-to-beat student and daily specials for under $5. More »