I love Caribbean roti for lunch. The soft, stretchy unleavened flatbread wrapped around a saucy, spicy filling always hits the spot.
Roti Hut is a modest strip mall joint that’s been in business for a while. One of those restaurants-cum-community gathering places that sells concert tickets and CDs.
I went on a quiet weekend morning. There was reggae blasting — and so was the Simpsons on the TV. I’d much rather just hear the music than Homer and Bart.
I was happy to find the goat roti ($11.25/$12.95) was boneless and not stringy, like many versions I’ve tried at other places. This had a muted curry flavour and soft, filling potatoes.
We actually liked the vegetarian roti ($10.95) even more, perhaps because there was no meat to distract from spice punch around the chickpeas and potatoes.
The jerk chicken ($10.95/$13.95) dinner had a nice fire, but also had a flavour that reminded me a bit of BBQ sauce. The chicken (on the bone) was moist and meaty, but the rice and peas were bland and the side salad just sad.
The daily lunch specials are a good deal for around $7. At about half the size of the regular full orders, it’s a good way to sample a range of things.
Roti Hut, 920 36th St. NE, (403) 272-1622. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-6:30, Friday 9 a.m.-8 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Room for strollers: Yes
High chairs: Yes
Ambiance: Casual, family friendly