The Roti Hut Toronto

The Roti Hut

Roti Hut has been faithfully serving West Indian favourites dhalpurie and paratha roti, doubles, and jerk chicken for decades.

Run by the Beharry family that entire time, the roti at this place is in fact considered to be among the best in the city.

Roti Hut Toronto

What’s now a sit-down area with a capacity of about 60 and a casual Caribbean feel used to be a table shop. Prior to the reno, the place was takeout only for 25 years.

Roti Hut Toronto

Dhalpurie roti is owner Satee Beharry’s specialty, the silky dough filled with a thin layer of crumbly yellow split peas, lovingly reproduced here by hand by kitchen staff.

Roti Hut Toronto

Once the roti’s been made, it’s grilled with a bit of veggie oil. Plain paratha roti are also made by hand here.

Roti Hut Toronto

Doubles dough, made with chickpea flour so it’s thicker and fluffier than roti dough, is also made by hand here and deep-fried to a puff.

Roti Hut Toronto

Chickpea doubles ($2.75) are definitely some of the best I’ve had.

Roti Hut Toronto

They pop amazingly with some house sweet dark tamarind chutney, the dough nice and elasticky yet airy.

Roti Hut Toronto

Phulourie ($2.75 for a dozen) are balls of deep-fried dough similar to doubles dough seasoned with pepper and garlic so they’re chewy and savoury.

Roti Hut Toronto

Dip them in a house hot apple chutney that’s much thinner than the tamarind, with amazing sweet and sour notes.

Roti Hut Toronto

A pumpkin and spinach roti ($9.55) doesn’t last long shared among a group, a true classic. Dhalpurie roti wraps around the filling in a spiral rather than creating one big pocket like some other roti, showcasing the true star of the dish complemented by the soft, flavourful veggie filling.

Roti Hut Toronto

An open-faced boneless goat roti ($11.55) has a nicely tender and warmly spiced meat filling, and exemplifies the not-too-thin roti’s ability to hold up to a soupy curry. Any main can be ordered as a roti or with rice.

Roti Hut TorontoBoneless jerk chicken with rice and peas ($11.85) is somehow just as good as everything else, accompanied by cabbage and carrot, the meat torn into nice natural chunks that are juicy and spicy.

Roti Hut Toronto

House peanut punch ($4.95) is thick, nutty, filling, and utterly slurpable. The viscosity and nuttiness reminds me a little of a tahini shake.

Roti Hut Toronto

There’s a spicy and acidic house pepper sauce on every table, and it feels like I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to the roti here: there’s also shrimp, duck, and even conch when available. The only way to keep discovering more is to come back time and time again to this reliable age-old family joint.

Roti Hut Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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