1446 Queen Street West
(East of Lansdown Avenue)
Between the walls painted with murals of Caribbean landscapes, there's a steady stream of take-out and dine-in customers that represent a cross section of Toronto's population. You order and pay at the counter and the food is brought to your table when ready. You get the feeling that regulars are treated more graciously than walk ins.
Luckily, I'm with a Trinidadian friend who explains the menu and helps me decide what to try. We start with doubles which are made of bara (fried, yeast raised bread) filled with curried chickpeas. For our main course, we choose king fish which comes with rice and salad (pictured below). Realizing that the portions will be generous we opt for take-out containers to leave room for ice cream. There are many different flavours in tubs in the freezer. The soursop is delightful and refreshing.
While I drink my mango nectar, my companion sips on her Busta Kola Champagne and shares stories of growing up "back home". I can't resist taking some currants roll (flaky pastry filled with currants and cinnamon) to try at home with tea - delicious.
Rating: Ambiance (3)
Food Presentation (2)
Food Quality (4)
Value for Money (4)