If you enjoy Caribbean food, specifically roti, I am hoping you already know about Trini to D Bone, but if not then please stop by ASAP. And tweet or call so I can join you, ok? I haven’t been back since Mr. ST and I discovered it the first week we moved to our new place and I am dying to see someone else’s face light up as they tuck into some of this toasty, earthy lentil and potato mixture; or this spongy light roti and goat curry; and this tart chutney full of vinegar and chilli battling for dominance and coming together to somehow refresh and set fire to my tongue all at once.
As I slurped it up, it only made me want to jam more of that creamy chicken and chickpea mixture into my mouth. It reminded me almost of the cool sambal at Ayo Eat.
Trini to D Bone can be found on the quiet end of Burnside Road near the Spectrum, Colquitz, Marigold cluster of schools in Saanich but it might as well be miles away. It felt a bit like being on vacation, when you find that charming little hole in the wall and you can just tell by the smells, and the people, and the anticipatory energy that you are somewhere special. That and Mr. ST found that it had a wicked awesome rating on Urbanspoon
We plopped ourselves down at one of their outdoor picnic tables with a malt soda one sunny Saturday afternoon and just let time stop for a while. A lunch date is one of our favourite ways to kick off the weekend and reward ourselves for getting all of our errands done early in the day. I highly recommend it! Luckily we’d been especially productive already that day, because this was one nap-enducing delight!
I had the dhalpuri-style roti with chicken. Between two stretchy layers of roti is a dusting of ground cumin, yellow split peas, garlic and sometimes other spices and seasonings. The roti was rolled burrito-style around a mixture of lentil, chickpea, chicken brought to life with turmeric and coriander. Mr. ST’s rich goat curry wasn’t served rolled up because it had bones in it, so he got to use his roti skins like a scoop and just ate with his hands. Plus it was called “buss up chop” which was just fun to say and ridiculous to hear him order.
Trini to D Bone is a bit like dining in someone’s home and having them make you their time-tested and perfected family celebration meal. Except it’s not fancy or pretentious – it’s unique, comforting and takes you on a mini mouth vacation for less than $10 (and without all the tourists!). We will definitely be back.