I've been hesitant to write a review of this West Island Roxboro eatery since I've only been there once, which hasn't allowed me to sample a good cross section of their menu. That said, my first visit was filled with a mix of positives and negatives.
The resto, which pretty much does only take out, first caught my attention this past summer-fall when I noticed a sandwich board placed curbside on Gouin, across the cross street from the Laurentian Bank, not far from rue Meighen (near Les Trois Arches) and in close proximity to another Roxboro mainstay, Spicy Island, the Jamaican Jerk emporium.
I stopped in there the other day in search of lunch and had the following experience.
1) Decor/Ambience - sub zero. The place looked dodgy but I figure at the moment they're simply trying to survive and focus on the food. Definitely geared to takeout only at the moment. They had one table, a TV set on the floor, old grandma's curtains on the windows. The serving counter, small as it was, was staffed by a fellow of few words, who didn't appear too keen on explaining the menu, but was polite at a minimal level. The menu consisted of large art-board paper with the dishes and prices penned in sharpie and taped to the wall.
2) Serving time: Quick. Their menu wasn't overly diverse or complicated, but equally non-enlightening. Essentially they were Chicken, Turkey, Vegetarian, and Tasso Beef (maybe one or two others, I can't remember). Some sort of description would have been nice, or even simply photos of each dish, but I cut them slack as they are obviously just trying to establish themselves.
3) Food: I ordered the Tasso Beef, as it was the only menu item that had any sort of description in its name beyond the genus of the animal. Curiously, they only offered two take-out sizes, medium and large. It's anybody's guess what happened to small. Now, I'm a big guy and a big eater and I'm happy to report that I was scared to guess how big the large would have been, given that I ordered the medium and it was HUGE.
I was given a choice of southern "dirty" or plain white rice. I opted for the dirty which was quite good and a beyond generous portion. It was topped with a flat potato pancake. There was also a smaller yet healthy portion of Tasso Beef, which was cubed with a hard dry exterior yet was delightfully juicy and tender inside. A rudimentary salad was provided which was nothing more than iceberg lettuce and tomato, along with a container of generic French dressing (clearly not the star of the dish). Also provided was a small container of hot pepper paste. Now, I'm a chili-head and this was not even remotely the hottest I've had, but it was unique, appeared house-made, and was delightfully full of flavor to the point where I think anybody, not even a hot sauce afficionado, could enjoy it. Definitely noteworthy and something I wouldn't mind finding out if I could obtain outside of this resto.
Packaged separately was a container of dipping sauce. The best I can describe it is something like a watered down St. Hubert gravy, yet far more flavorful, with onions floating in it. I poured some of it on the rice, and ended up drinking the rest. Mighty tasty, the stuff could stand on its own, almost as a soup as I could have slurped down a bowl full.
Whole deal, tax in, which included a bottle of water, set me back $7.90.
As dodgy as the place was, I have to say that I plan to pay them another visit and check out the other under-described items they're offering.
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