The Best Roti in Toronto
The best roti in Toronto come from a variety of different origins, and I'm not just referring to Parkdale versus Scarborough. Toronto's best roti offerings include a mix of Trinidadian, East Indian, Guyanese, and Sri Lankan styles, generally varying in moistness and consistency (re: gravy), heat, and general flavour. While chicken, goat, and beef roti are the standard favourites, many places boast expanded rosters that include varieties such as shrimp, duck, and lamb. More, indeed, have grown to offer roti beyond the one easy veggie option. That's right, vegetarian roti-lovers: choice. And for everyone else, more choice still.
Here are the best places to grab a roti in Toronto.
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Gandhi Roti is the name you'll hear most often if you ask anyone for roti suggestions in Toronto (or else, its younger sister Mother India, which is a little further west). There's not nearly enough space in this Queen West roti shop for all of its loyal butter chicken, veggie, lamb, saag paneer and other East-Indian roti followers, but there is plenty food to go around. In my case, one roti is easily enough for two meal. Order "extra spicy" with extreme caution. More »
Bacchus has probably the priciest roti on the list (some varieties can run you $15 or so), but fans of the Guyanese and Barbadian-style roti say it's worth every penny. The Parkdale spot also has lots of veggie options including chickpea, spinach, squash, green beans, and potato, any three of which can be combined for $10 and change. More »
Scarborough has no shortage of roti options but Roti Hut stands out as one of the best. Rumour has it the simple act of lifting and eating a goat ($9) or chicken ($8) roti may cause repetitive stress injury in one arm, and/or a tendency to make really lame analogies in mirth. Roti Hut also has plenty of veggie fillings including spinach, chickpea, potato and pumpkin. More »
Drupati's has several locations throughout the GTA offering its Trinidadian-style roti. Its roti comes in two different sizes (one for more modest eaters) with Dhalpuri and Paratha shells. Along with typical chicken and potato fillings, Drupati's roti also come in varieties such as shrimp and duck, both of which are priced at $9 (or $7.25, for the smaller size). More »
Mona also makes her roti true to Trinidadian form, folding in over 25 years of experience in the business. The simple Scarborough shop makes jerk and curry chicken roti, goat, beef, shrimp, and veggie, all for around $6-$10. You can also put in an order for special roti shells, including whole wheat Dhalpuri and Paratha, as well as potato Puri. More »
Island Foods has three locations throughout the GTA with ample selection of Trinidadian roti varieties. There's beef, eggplant, spinach, chicken, channa, and more, and you can always toss an extra ingredient in for an additional $0.85. Great value as you probably won't pay more than $8 or so, though roti is a little smaller than you might get elsewhere. More »
Yup, a veggie-only option has cracked the top nine. One Love's chickpea and potato roti really does rival some of those curry chickens out there. Other varieties include spiced pumpkin and textured vegetable protein, available in Paratha, whole wheat, or whole wheat Dahl Puri shells. More »
After a leave from Leslieville and painful hiatus, the Dutchpot has returned to serve its chicken, oxtail, curry beef, and other roti (for around $9 each). Just keep an ear out for reggae music on Broadview south of the Danforth, and you'll surely find your way into Caribbean Dutchpot's new location. More »
Roti Cuisine of India has basically every type of roti you could imagine. There are a dozen vegetarian options including Saag Kofta, Dal Pakora, and mixed vegetable curry, plus an additional 10 non-veggie roti choices such as butter chicken, shrimp curry, and lamb Tikka Masala. When and if you finally make up your mind, you'll be paying somewhere between $7 and $14. The style here is East-Indian, similar to Gandhi. More »