Caribbean Flavours
Caribbean Flavours
Roti at Caribbean Flavours
Roti at Caribbean Flavours
Foods from Caribbean Flavours

2008 May 17
We enjoyed dinner here with friends. We shared an appetizer of grilled shrimp in Creole pepper sauce ($11.95). This was served topped with strips of roti skin. The shrimp were small and didn't really look or taste grilled but that was just fine -- the sauce was so incredible all we really wanted to do was dunk the roti skin into it.

The rest of our meal was good too but that Creole sauce was the high point. Next time I'll want to try either the kingfish filet in Creole sauce or the shrimp Creole meal. Anything with that amazing Creole sauce!

2007 Oct 2
I have been away on vaca for two weeks so I am a little late in posting this review.
Our Supper Club went here on Wed Sept 12th for our 7th outing. The main reason we chose this place was because I had gotten an advance copy of the new Entertainment Book and sadly Caribbean Flavours no longer have a coupon in the book. SO we figured we better use the coupon while we still can!!

My bf and I had been there several times pre-fire, but the other two couples had never been. The new location is more spacious but does not have the same charm as the old location. The server we had (there is only ever one) was fantastic. The place was packed as it was, but then a group of about 15 people came in who seemed to know the chef and just stood around drinking and as each table emptied they took it over. It seemed like some type of church choir group or something, because it was a customerís birthday at one table and when they found out, they all stood up and started singing happy birthday to her - awesome!!

All that to say that with a full restaurant and 15 people standing around, the server was attentive and cheerful and did not forget anything we asked for. When we asked what ginger beer and sorrel were, she brought us EACH (5 of us), a shot glass of each to try. Really nice.
Anyways, the food as usual was delicious and very nicely plated with a variety of sides. Dishes ordered were: the curry goat, the jerky jerky chicken (very hot), the chicken roti and the marmalade chicken (which I think is a new dish), and chicken curry. All meals were hot, delicious and freshly prepared.

Most dishes can be ordered mild, medium or hot except the jerky jerky, the marinade for this must be prepared in advance or something.
The chef seems to do it all alone so make sure you are not in a hurry and are not starving as it takes a while to prepare each meal.
Well worth the wait!

2007 Sep 24
went there on Saturday nite with 3 friends ..first time :)
Food is awesome!
I had Jerk Chicken Roti Platter(comes with soup and side dish), one of my firends had Beef roti, another friend ordered Jerky Jerky chicken breast, and my boyfriend had goat curry dish. all is great!! but...VERY SPICY!! NO KIDDING!! i wish I could order mild in stead of spicy!

a bit of pricey though...$90 for 4 main course plus one ice cream...I am going back anyway :)

2007 Sep 24
CF is, indeed, back in biz., serving up the same great food as before: the rotis are to die for!

The new Carling digs are bigger and seem like they'll be a bit warmer in the winter.

And, they've now got St. Ambroise Pale Ale on draft, a quality choice in its own regard, and a good complement to many of the menu choices.

2007 Jun 6
Mmmm.. I might have to try it.. that's right near where I work!

2007 Jun 6
Rumor has it they are back open for business! New digs at 1659 Carling.

2007 Mar 12
It'll be back. I'm sure.

2007 Mar 7
Unfortunately, it seems this place just burned down. I wanted to try it too! :(

Marking it as "Gone," at least for now...

2007 Feb 18
Fantastic food, absolutely worth the wait. Portions are very generous, so bring a healthy appetite.

2006 Dec 3
Boyfriend and I are in love with this restaurant. Beware if you are a spice-wimp though - The food is *VERY* hot - even if you order it mild. This is Carribean food after all - if you don't like things hot this is NOT the place for you. Also, bear in mind that the owner cooks everything to order fresh, so be prepared to WAIT, and don't go there if you have somewhere else to be. If you want, you can call for take-out in advance. Boyfriend BEGS to come here every 2 weeks or so. It is a tiny place, so on weekends, you may not find a table. Better to go on a weekday when a) the kitchen won't be swamped = less waiting b) you'll GET a table. The decor is very "Island-y" - no frills, but kinda makes you feel like you're in a little shack in Barbados or something.

While I know many are committed to the Rotis, we are addicted to the jerk platters - which are so good we keep ordering them without trying anything else! Platters come with soup of the day, rice with beans, fried plantain, an a variety of big beautiful freshly cooked vegetables such as green beans, squash, carrot etc.
My fave is the "Jerky jerk" platter which is a boneless chicken jerk, boyfriend is obsessed with Jerk beef platter. Everything tastes so fresh and is excellent quality. It's just on the cusp of being TOO hot, but nooooot quite!

They also make a mean Jamacian pattie, which we get for take-out and eat for lunch the next day. An amazing ginger beer is brewed on the premises which you can enjoy in house or take-out - again boyfriend BEGS for this too. There is also fresh brewed sorrel, which boyfriend just tried last night and has not stopped talking about.

Really good vegetarian options too, they have 5 different kinds of vegetarian roti (Channa(chickpea), potato, tofu, tempeh, vegetable as well as 2 tofu entrees (one of which being a jefk tofu platter, and a stewed tempeh dish. No veg. apps though, except some tasty salads.

Prices are fairly average for the platters , though I feel they are well worth the price based on the quality and quantity of the food. Rotis are a good deal and are a meal in themselves. If you get a platter, you won't need an appetizer - you'll have enough food without it.

You can check the menu here:

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2008 May 17
My goat roti platter ($19.95) was accompanied with veggies, fried plantain, rice and peas (off camera), and a bowl of simple but tasty vegetable soup (off camera). The veggies were pretty good but of course the star was the roti. The roti skin was like a super comfort food -- hearty and satisfying with a nice round (buckwheat?) flavour. The stuffing of goat curry with chick peas and potato was also very nice. Being a roti virgin, I asked for a "mild" level of spice and ended up with something that could have been a little hotter. Still, there was enough flavour that I appreciated being able to eat the whole thing without burning my face off!

Wifey's beef roti platter ($17.95) was strangely spicier than mine, even though she asked for "mild" too. The not so great thing was that the chunks of beef were incredibly tough, almost to the point of being unpalatable. The bigger pieces needed to be chopped up with a knife lest they form an unchewable lump in her mouth. I tried some and it was like leather. The flavour was very good but texture was nasty. Since nobody else has mentioned this I would guess that we just had bad luck with our cut of meat.

2007 Nov 17

Mmmmmmmm Goat Roti.

The Man here is top notch !! I even put him up against any roadside vendor in Jamaica.

But, after the move to the new digs, the Goat Roti went up from $9.50 to $11.95 (25%) and the Goat Roti Platter went up from $15.95 to $19.95 (also 25%). What's a Po Boy gonna do ?

I know .... space out the vists to The Man !!


2008 May 17
My expectations were high and I was not disappointed! They brew the ginger beer in-house and as a result it is less carbonated than the bottled Jamaican-style stuff. It was also less spicy than others I've tried, likely due to a lack of artificial non-ginger spicing agents.

This drink is very sweet and is seasoned with cinnamon -- a nice touch.