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Roti Cuisine of India

Degustation | Apr 25, 2012 03:37 PM

Ghandi gets a lot of love on this board for their rotis, but I was introduced to another contender last week. A friend raved about the mixed vegetable korma roti that her friend had picked up for takeout and wanted to try them again.

Warm spicy smells are the first thing that hits when you enter the small, sparsely decorated room (think Chinatown basics). There were a few tables that were filled but clearly takeout was the lion share of their business, as a steady stream of people picked up their styrofoam packages.

Rotis are their main thing with a few rice dishes thrown in the mix. We opted to share two rotis, one vegetarian and one protein-based. These are truly larger than your head type rotis, plump with fillings encased in thin, chewy skins. I like the fact they asked if we wanted it spicy and then cautioned us that they mean what they say.

We had the Baingan Bhurtha Roti (medium hot) and Chicken Vindaloo Roti (spicy, on top of an already spicy dish but I am a chili head). It turned out to be too spicy for my friend who ordered a raita to cool it down - this was the one disappointment as it was too thin and not very tangy. I liked that the roti was spicy but not so much that I couldn't taste anything else. I think you could ask to ratchet it up further if you like.

The eggplant was mashed and mixed with potato and peas, while the other roti had chunks of white chicken breast in a vindaloo sauce and the ubiquitous potato. Maybe because I was starving but they were very flavourful and quite tasty.

An east Indian family beside us said they come there quite often and had tried most of the menu - the father recommended the Shahi shrimp roti, cooked with coconut milk and ground cashew nut.

I think further investigation is required to determine if this is really on par with Ghandi, but I'm happy to return to do so.

http://www.roticuisineofindia.com/

308 Dupont - Dupont and Spadina, next to the Shoppers. Open every day.

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