Port Moody, one of the last places I've yet to blog about. There hasn't been a particular reason that has prevented me from doing so. Hey, I used to live in Coquitlam and I would often dine here. Now, with a quaint little place such as Port Moody, you'd expect to find places like Pajo's at Rocky Point or Saint Street Grill right on the main strip. It would not be an obvious choice if you were looking for an authentic Caribbean roti. Yah, that's what I thought when I first spotted Rehanah's Roti nestled among other restaurants. It's a small place; but you can't miss it with it's red awning and unique name. Even though it was late in the afternoon, there were people waiting for their orders. Appearing to be a one-woman operation, there was a slight wait. At first, I was asked if I was from Trinadad. Interesting question; however, I do have Asian friends who have come from there. She was curious how I knew about the place. Well, partly because I pass by it often and that Frank from Calypso had mentioned it too.
I originally wanted to try the Goat Roti; but I chose a more conservative choice in the Chicken Roti. I could've had it spicy or medium. I went for medium since the last time I chose spicy (House of Dosas), it was as hot going in as it was going out (TMI!). When I went to grab the takeout bag, I was surprised how heavy it was. This thing has got some substance to it! If you are familiar with the Malaysian or Thai roti, it's rather flaky. The one here is much thinner and chewier. For this application, it is absolutely the perfect texture and consistency. It helps hold the massive amount of chicken and potatoes in while you eat it. And about that filling, for being a "medium", it was pretty darn spicy. Not crazy spicy; yet there was a real kick from the curry. I can only imagine how hot the spicy is! The chicken was tender while the potatoes were creamy soft. I was only planning to eat half; but I ended up eating the whole darn thing. I shouldn't have done that since I was just about to go play hockey.
So I make a return visit in hopes of trying out the Goat Roti to no avail. They're sold out! Undeterred, I went for the Shrimp Roti not expecting much. I bit into it expecting shrimp and what I got were tonnes of perfectly cooked crunchy prawns! Combined with the same delicious curry and soft potatoes, this was a nice treat. Again, I was only planning to eat half and finished the whole darn thing!
- Really large and full of stuff
- It's spicy (if you like spicy that is)
- Roti has a nice chewy texture
- Not cheap
- Not close for most people (close enough for me to revisit!)