Curry. Delicious curry. When I moved from Toronto friends would inquire, “How are you going to get your curry fix?” I’ll admit that I was a little concerned as Kingston has quite a few Thai/Cambodian restaurants and a couple of Indian restaurants that offer fantastic curry dishes but one of my favourite types of curry dishes is in the west-indian category. Specifically, the Trinidadian kind – roti.
If you’re not familiar, Roti is a type of flatbread wrapped around a savoury, curry flavour bomb of protein (chickpeas, shrimp, beef or chicken) and potatoes. It originated in South Asia and when labourers from South Asia settled in the Caribbean – specifically Trinidad and Tobago – Roti became a cultural staple made with the traditional curries of the West-Indies. Don’t you love food history?
So basically when I moved back here, a co-worker learned of my Roti obsession and had a very helpful suggestion, “Have you tried Sally’s Roti Shop?”
Food Choices: As I enter Sally’s on my first visit and look up at the blackboard of menu options, I shriek, “DOUBLES!” Doubles are my second favourite Trini dish. A little bit smaller than a Jamaican patty, doubles are two pieces of channa bread (crispy dough) sandwiching curried chickpeas. I order that and a Chicken Roti. I have to be honest, on my first visit to Sally’s they were having a bit of an off-day, I like my Roti so saucy that when I cut into it a pool of curry juice spills out. That didn’t happen on my first visit, but I still enjoyed the flavours. I went back and tried again and it was glorious. I haven’t strayed from the Roti but that’s not all they serve, they also have traditional curry dishes served with rice and peas that my friends are big fans of.
$: Prices are reasonable. You order at the desk and they bring you your dish and then you pay afterwards so it has more of a take-out atmosphere. This is a great place to grab lunch away from the office because you can be in and out in 30 minutes (if you eat there) and spend under 15 dollars.
Chances of Revisiting: I’ve already been back so I’m sure Sally’s is now a staple for me.
BONUS: This is a family-run business so you can see Sally stirring the pot in the kitchen. I love local entrepreneurs so this makes me happy.