As soon as I heard about this new Trini place on H St, I knew I wanted to go. When I saw they have polorie on the menu, I made it a priority. I still pine for the polorie at the long-shuttered Rita's on Georgia Ave, light crispy balls of chickpea flour dough with a killer pickled tamarind sauce. Heaven on a plate.
The polorie at Cane was the least impressive item of the three I tried, but the others were so damn good that I can't wait to go back. They were well done, bu ta bit heavier than my memory of Rita's and the sauce more timid.
The other stuff was impressive. I got the 'doubles' which are two small pancakes (like puri) covered with a mound of fresh chickpeas, herbs, sauces, and a 'chow' made from fruit. It was spicy and crunchy and altogether delicious. Even with outt he toppings, the doubles would taste great.
Even better (and a MUST order) is a side dish of the tomato choka, a small bowl of stewed tomatoes that had a lot going on for such a simple dish, including a little kick of spices. This was so good I didn't hesitate to drink up the remainder of the bowl by tipping it into my mouth. The waitress said the eggplant choka was just as good, so that will bring me back in a hurry.
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