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The Best Roti in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 6, 2015

Roti TorontoThe best roti in Toronto encompasses both Indian and Caribbean varieties, meaning the choice is yours if you prefer butter chicken to jerk chicken. While the definition of roti might refer specifically to the bread, here in Toronto, a roti is synonymous with a wrap stuffed with rich curries or stews.

Here are the best places to grab a roti in Toronto.

See also:

The best Caribbean Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Jerk Chicken in Toronto
The Best Jamaican Patties in Toronto

Photo from Butter Chicken Roti.

Gandhi Roti

Gandhi Roti

Almost two dozen varieties of Indian roti can be found on the menu at this barebones gem on Queen West. Sure, the place looks a little worn, and their DineSafe record is dubious, but all that is inversely proportionate to the deliciousness of their over-stuffed saag paneer ($8.95) and butter chicken ($11.95) roti. More »

Bacchus

Bacchus

Roti at this Parkdale fixture are pricier than most - basic chicken, mutton or beef hovers around the $10 mark while combinations like chicken with spinach, squash and potatoes come in at $12.25. As a unique twist, you can add cheese to any roti for $1.50. More »

Mona's Roti

Mona's Roti

This open kitchen and take-out operation in Scarborough makes their own soft, pliable roti skins in house (and sells them to other roti shops too). Fill them up to order at the hot table with mélange of potatoes, curried vegetables and stewed meats (from $6), or just order a multitude of veggie options ($5.50) to be swiped up with torn bits of dahlpuri or parartha. More »

Drupati's

Drupati's

The lively Rexdale stalwart isn't fancy, but a new location recently opened at Yonge and Eg boasts a charming bistro setting. Menu favourites include Caribbean specialties like boneless curry goat ($9) wrapped in dhalpuri roti or served with paratha on the side. More »

Roti Hut

Roti Hut

While there’s no shortage of roti options in Scarborough, this one stands out as one of the best. The menu lists the usual suspects like boneless curry goat ($9.95), stewed beef ($9.95), and hearty, veggie-friendly selections such as spinach and pumpkin ($8.45). When available, you’ll even find Island specialties like conch. More »

Island Foods

Island Foods

Find great value at this West Indian eatery with two outposts and roots in Toronto dating back to 1974. The menu offers Trinidadian style roti, priced around $8 and packed with potatoes, channa, and tender chunks of boneless goat or chicken in rich gravy. More »

Butter Chicken Roti

Butter Chicken Roti

Two locations (one on College, the other on Queen) offer a contemporary setting to grab a stool and enjoy roti filled-to-bursting with a choice of over two dozen Indian curries. These roti are pricy but enormous - the signature butter chicken sells for $11.95, while vegetarian options like aloo mutter start at $6.95. More »

Roti Cuisine of India

Roti Cuisine of India

The expansive menu at this East-Indian eatery on Dupont leaves nothing for want - almost every type of roti you could imagine is available. Choose from over a dozen vegetarian options like the dal pakora roti ($8) or baingan bhurtha ($10) eggplant roti, plus an additional 10 roti for meat eaters, like rich lamb curry ($9), or chicken tikka ($9). More »

Indian Roti House

Indian Roti House

Locations on Church St. and Queens Quay serve up Indian takeout foods like lamb korma ($11), chicken jalfrizi ($10), and various vegetarian roti ($7 and up). House favourites include the unusual malai kofta roti ($10), loaded with potato dumplings, grated cheese, and thick yellow gravy. More »

Discussion

53 Comments

shan / February 6, 2015 at 02:01 pm
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Ritz's is missing, one of the few places that actually uses daal puri for their roti.

"The best roti in Toronto encompasses both Indian and Caribbean varieties"

there is no real Indian variety, "roti" in the context here is not from India, the idea to make a wrap is purely carribean - if you show this to anyone in India, they won't recognize it
memm / February 6, 2015 at 02:17 pm
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roti time on st clair should be on this list
Smug / February 6, 2015 at 02:19 pm
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There should be only one place on this list. Island Foods.
Dr. Bob Lampshadefoot / February 6, 2015 at 02:36 pm
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Over my pst 6 visits, Island Foods has gone from a solid 9 to a shaky 6 1/2

Bullshit shrinking portions!
Ali / February 6, 2015 at 02:44 pm
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Island Foods is so gross! It tastes like a whole lot of chicken bouillon cubes and water. So salty. There are no options beyond Gandhi or Mother India (same thing).
Cassidy / February 6, 2015 at 03:03 pm
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Great list. King Catering makes the best roti in Toronto, in my opinion. www.kingcatering.ca
Jeanette / February 6, 2015 at 03:04 pm
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Vena's roti is the best I have ever had. Nothing compares.
Ian / February 6, 2015 at 03:10 pm
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I can't believe that Ducky's on Lakeshore West didn't make the list. I'm a roti fiend and it is hands down the best in T.O.
Ryan / February 6, 2015 at 03:17 pm
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Your list is wrong and my opinion is right and here's why: because wh
pable / February 6, 2015 at 03:21 pm
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Roti Time on St Clair rocks it consistently. Waaaay better than ghandis even though it's a sister restaurant using similar recipes. The BEST! And nice peeps.
shan replying to a comment from Poutine mon! / February 6, 2015 at 03:24 pm
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yup, exactly
same with nachos - you show someone in mexico nachos, they may recognize the various disparate parts, but will wonder why you arranged them that way
S / February 6, 2015 at 03:27 pm
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Gandhi recently got a conditional pass. Butter Chicken Roti has too many new employees so they have no idea what's going on (I asked for Malai Kofta roti WHICH IS ON THEIR WEBSITE) and none of the two people there had any idea what it was). Pam meat roti tastes really good but the veggie tasted very funny, as if they were spoiled. Venas was pretty good but a little bland. Bacchus was quite nice when I had it. Alis was bland the last time I had it. Island foods is inconsistent but can be the best when they get it all right.
Fahim / February 6, 2015 at 03:29 pm
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There is one where I work called Shandra's Roti Shop. Pretty good! Always line up so it's best to call before going in - http://zhaboom.com/business/shandras-roti-shop/

keven / February 6, 2015 at 03:31 pm
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Roti is just the skin that holds a bunch of toppings (or none at all). Doubles are served in a roti shell, saheena is deep fried roti with spinach, etc.
If you were to ask for a chicken roti in TT, they'd ask for clarification. "Do you want chicken with a roti, in the roti or with rice?" Most places would probably just give you a bunch of curry chicken with a roti on the side, unless you're an obvious tourist.
Mayor of Parkdale / February 6, 2015 at 03:35 pm
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Roti Lady and Mother India
G / February 6, 2015 at 03:49 pm
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Roti time on St Clair should be #1. Surprised it's not even on the list!
buh replying to a comment from Mayor of Parkdale / February 6, 2015 at 04:02 pm
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Mayor of Parkdale for the win. I was about to post Mother India and Roti Lady in Parkdale. And for anyone put off by Gandhi's dine safe record, Mother India is their sister restaurant, very clean (and much friendlier staff), and the quality of their Indian curry roti is better than Gandhi's.

As for the new location of Butter Chicken Roti on Queen W., yeah their staff need some training. Nowhere near the quality of the College St. location.
i find / February 6, 2015 at 04:03 pm
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the chicken roti at cool runnings on main gets my shout out.
everyone should check it out
Davy / February 6, 2015 at 04:06 pm
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ALI's ROTI 4 LIFE! Seriously... how can Ali's not be on this list... not only is it the best, but it also happens to have THEE cleanest bathrooms in any restaurant in Toronto.
squidward / February 6, 2015 at 04:23 pm
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Carribean bistro on yonge near eglington should be on this list
Big Dawg / February 6, 2015 at 04:33 pm
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So. While your Roti article is amusing it is inaccurate. There is no way Island Foods should be on this list. Ali's is not mentioned? Seriously? Also mysteriously absent from this list are any number of shop's in the East End, Rexdale or Eglinton West. You should rename this article "Roti Top Ten for People Who Have No Clue".
jelz / February 6, 2015 at 05:01 pm
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Best roti - Glory of India on Queen and Lansdowne
S replying to a comment from keven / February 6, 2015 at 05:17 pm
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As a Trini myself I'm not even slightly sure what you're talking about. If I ask for roti I'd expect roti & meat/veggies. Doubles are channa and barra; I've never heard anyone call it roti. And saheena is even further removed from roti - it is spinach dredged in dal flour and deep fried. You might as well start calling TimBits, pakoras, pholouri, dumplings, beignets, etc. all roti too if you're considering all deep fried flour foods to be roti.
Jason / February 6, 2015 at 05:20 pm
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How can Ali's Roti not be on this list? Ridiculous. Roti Lady is good too, but the actual place leaves something to be desired.
Mar / February 6, 2015 at 05:50 pm
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Yeah but that's great. Who fucking cares. Poutine, nachos roti's they all evolve transcend and include. Are you guys trying to make some type of point or just pose as junk food purists?
Frankly Mydear / February 6, 2015 at 06:21 pm
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I really love the roti at Babu's which is in the same plaza as Mona's. A combination of their roti, chili chicken and some sour cream to cut the heat is really nice (probably not what a Sri Lankan would do, but whatever!).
JM / February 6, 2015 at 06:27 pm
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Maybe its just me but I think Roti Hut should be higher on the list, Its my favorite Roti anyway, great doubles too...
2 words / February 6, 2015 at 06:48 pm
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Mother India
Teena / February 6, 2015 at 07:10 pm
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Island Foods is awesome ... Butter Chicken not so much :(
aDawg replying to a comment from Teena / February 6, 2015 at 07:29 pm
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Yesss! Island Foods for the win! I don't understand the complaints about them - they're consistently delicious!
sprintmarathon / February 6, 2015 at 09:15 pm
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Just tried Butter Chicken Roti. Not sure it deserves its place on this list. Price was on par with others. Wasn't happy with the quality or portion size. Too much cumin in everything. Convenient location, but I'm going back to Roti Cuisine of India.
Guest / February 6, 2015 at 09:21 pm
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They have really nice roti at Charlie's Caribbean Cuisine on Hurontario St.
KC / February 6, 2015 at 09:28 pm
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Ummmm... Pam's Roti? Hello.
Refine / February 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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Ali's in Parkdale and Mona's in Scarborough! Best in the west, Best in the east!!!
Guest replying to a comment from blackPeopleRobbingNstealing / February 6, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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Interesting attempt at trolling but if you're actually being serious, would it make you feel a little better knowing that the Caribbean is a rich melting pot and that Caribbean people of Amerindian, East Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and European descent also eat roti?!
Merci / February 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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What! No Roti Poutine??
Savita / February 7, 2015 at 02:00 am
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How is Drupatis on this list? They are well known for their doubles but that's it. Not only is their customer service atrocious, their roti is a culinary disaster. If you want best doubles, go to Drupatis, you want best roti? Walk next door and go to Roti-Roti.
keven replying to a comment from S / February 7, 2015 at 08:53 am
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Doubles definitely "should" be barra, but most of the roadside stands don't bother, same goes with Saheena. Out of 15 different stands I went to last week, barra was only available at one (sooo much better!), the rest just served it on a flat roti shell without any dhal puri.

As far as your expectation for what Roti is, I'm not sure why you'd expect that as it's often just served on the side.
davejimmerson / February 7, 2015 at 11:50 am
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Absolute nonsense list. No Roti Lady (best in the West), Pam's, Ali's, Indira's Guyanese (best in the East), Veena's, or even Tropical Joe's in Gerrard Square... shameful!
Carrie / February 7, 2015 at 02:15 pm
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A couple east end places that people don't know about: Eadery in leslieville and River Towne Deli in Corktown. Both are consistently good!!!
Commenters know what's up / February 7, 2015 at 10:38 pm
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Upvotes for Vena's and Pam's especially, along with several others mentioned here that need to be on the real list.

Commenters know what's up / February 7, 2015 at 10:39 pm
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And Ali's
trickydisco / February 8, 2015 at 11:04 am
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Ali's for West Indian, Mother India or Gandhi for East Indian.
Used to like Bacchus but they dropped off because they didn't trim their goat and use meat from a cheap source.
Vena's is pretty awesome as well. Great flavor and their veggies are delish.
Ritz, no.
Butter Chicken Roti is just some dudes that copy Gandhi as is half the other guys on the list so you can't really give them credit when they use someone else's recipe.
SamSmith / February 8, 2015 at 01:11 pm
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Best Caribbean roti is Blue Water on Victoria Park, just north of Eglinton, and Ali's in Parkdale.
TimBo replying to a comment from memm / February 8, 2015 at 01:34 pm
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Roti Time, St.Clair and Jane... best roti I've ever had
MickeeT / February 8, 2015 at 03:35 pm
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I am very surprised that Ali's didn't make the list and Drupati's did! Ali's has a clean restaurant and great food. I've been to several Drupati's and was disappointed each time (in more ways than one)!
GH / February 9, 2015 at 10:13 am
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Looks like the research was pretty tight to one area, blue water in the east end and the real jerk are better than a lot of these. Drupatis also has a location in Scarborough, I still can't find anywhere that can compare to their doubles
Tre / February 10, 2015 at 12:03 am
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I always get Ali's when I get Roti. Ask for the chutney/hot sauce inside.
Kloche / February 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm
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Steuuppsss!!!

This list pisses me off. How can you show a roti with peas on it?! Or state that a store that offers roti with cheese is no 2. WTH?!!! Real rotis NEVER have cheese.

Modern day Roti - the roti wrap that most people know and consume originated from Trinidad. NOT India. Caribbean rotis mix of spices are totally different. Our curries are totally different. Indian rotis are whack and no one raised on the real stuff likes East Indian rotis. I don't enjoy that red curry crap they sell at Ghandi's, it's an offense to my tastebuds.

Next time, make a list of best West Indian rotis and another one for the best East Indian rotis in Toronto. So not to mislead people.

Don't want to follow one of your recommendations and end up wasting my money on a some crap.
soundaryapilli / April 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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Glory of India 1407 Queen Street west is The Best why they are bringing all "Real Indian" Recipes to the Table.
dw / April 20, 2015 at 01:32 pm
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Roti Time on St. Clair West east of Jane St. was a glaring omission on this list. It's a once a week visit for my household. Must be at least two dozen variety with the option of mild, medium or spicy for each one. East Indian roti at it's finest.
Marquise / June 4, 2015 at 01:31 pm
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Hi there,

I'm looking for roti to buy some roti like 700.00 could you please email how much it will cost.Pls contact me as soon as possible. Thank you.
chris richards / June 27, 2015 at 10:35 pm
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Vena's made the best roti in town when they were on Queen West bar none. Their squash/spinach roti was amazing, and I've never had one from anywhere else that comes close. Most places don't even have squash as an option. They closed 10 or 15 years ago, which would have been a tragedy if not for the fact that Ghandi showed up to fill in the gap in the Queen/Bathurst neighborhood. Very deserving of the number 1 spot on this list. As for Vena's, it turned out that they didn't close for good, they just moved to Bloor and Lansdowne. Their absence from this list is noticeable. Have they gone downhill since the move, or is blogTO just missing out? Also noticeably absent is Ali's. And yet Island Foods makes the list. Their rotis are tasty, but I wouldn't rank them with Ghandi, Ali's, or Vena's.

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