Penny makes as good a goat roti as any I've had in Crown Heights or Flatbush, Brooklyn, and better than most. The meat is tender and aromatic, the curried vegetables green-tinged with spice. The dal puri wrapper is flaky and fresh. Fine, fine hot sauce. Really delicious.
Penny is lovely. She had to be convinced to let us help her unload her groceries into the restaurant when she pulled up in front at precisely noon. It took about a half hour for her to make our rotis, during which time we shared the front space with a boy of about ten (her son?) who was watching Pierce Brosnan in "Robinson Crusoe" on the TV, listening to soca on the computer, and fooling around with a water color set. But it was comfy and wow was that food worth the wait.
A couple of orders came in while we were having our meal, but it didn't seem as if Jonathan Rosenbaum's review was serving as a clarion call to the people of Berkeley. It should, though. By all means, join me in beating a path to Penny's door.
Pennys Caribbean Cuisine
2836 Sacramento Street
(at Oregon), Berkeley.
Noon9:00 p.m. Mon.Sat.