Had some time to burn this afternoon so went to Dorchester to pick up some West Indian food to eat between Lunch and Dinner with the family.
Singh's Roti Shop: The recent posts about Singh's pushed me towards a revisit because up until now I was an Ali's Roti guy before Singh's. From today's visit I would say that has changed (Still love Ali's though)
Chicken Roti: Excellent Dhal Puri Roti filled with Pumpkin, Potatoes, Boneless Chicken, Tamarind and Pepper Sauce. I love how they heat up the Roti on the Tawah to order and the fillings were top notch. Hands down best Pepper Sauce in Boston as well.
Doubles: Once again built to order, great balance of chick pea filling and tamarind/pepper sauce. Fluffy with intense flavor. My wife said its the best she has had outside of home (Trinidad)
Palourie: Once again completely nailed this. Light, Fluffy, not doughy on the inside and for emphasis best Tamarind Pepper Sauce I have had in a long time.
Lenny's Tropical Bakery: Lenny's is pretty much the only game in town for home baked Jamaican goods and Patties.
Patty and Coco Bread: I have always enjoyed Lenny's but they seem to have taken their meat filling to the next level. Only complaint I may have is that they could be alot spicier and seem toned down. Seasoning wise though one of the better meat fillings you will find. The pastry though is a bit too doughy for my liking, not nearly flaky enough to make it a perfect Patty. I found that when I brought it home if you put them in the oven at 350 for another 5 minutes or so it makes the pastry alot better.
Coco Bread was solid, Fresh and not too heavy to draw away from the Patty.
Only One Jamaican Restaurant: My past experiences here have been mixed, but they have beefed up their kitchen staff and you see a couple new faces in the mix. What that has resulted in, is the most improved and arguably the best Jamaican meal I have had in Boston.
Oxtail: Good size Oxtail, tender meat, good amount of marrow left in the Bones and excellent seasoning. Excellent Oxtail, probably the best I have had in Boston so far.
Rice and Peas: Dont want to sound like a broken record, but best Rice and Peas in town I have had. Not overcooked like basically every Jamaican restaurant out there and proper coconut milk flavor that is lacking from so many take out places Rice and Peas. Not one bit overcooked either.
Stew Chicken: Respectable Stew chicken with excellent sauce. Only one complaint is that the chicken was a bit dry as you got through a few bites, but that can be easily rectified with a little more time over low heat especially with that sauce which is very good. Flames still is the champ for Stew Chicken.
Stew Peas with Pig Tail: Star of the show, got a small order because they were pretty much out because it was only a Saturday special. Good sized salty pieces of Pig Tail, good amount of meat and cartilage. Peas perfectly stewed, flawless dish that really takes a good amount of time to build flavor when you are making it at home. You can taste the amount of effort and care that went into this dish.
If you visited Only One in the past and were disappointed (Like myself) you should really give it another look because they have taken their game to a new level. Very happy to have them in town.
Ali's Roti Restaurant
1035 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Singh's Roti Shop
692 Columbia Rd Ste 1, Dorchester, MA 02125
Lenny's Tropical Bakery
1195 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126
Only One Jamaican Restaurant
160 Norfolk St, Dorchester Center, MA 02124