For the most part, I have been blogging restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond (*shakes fist!!!*). Once in a while, I go outside those boundaries but those instances are far and in between. In a wacky way, I thought I should start visiting those areas and, for my first visit, a restaurant that Sherman has enthusiastically suggested: Rehanah’s Roti. Caribbean food in Port Moody? Hey, it works for me!
This is literally a hole-in-the-wall. With only three tables, chances are you will be ordering to go rather than eating in. However, given I am coming from afar, the last thing I want is for the food to go sideways due to the transit time between restaurant and home. So, eat in it was. Fortunately, after ordering at the cashier, grabbing the only remaining table it was! On that note, this is not a service type restaurant. Here, you go to the cashier, make your order, grab drinks from the fridge (like Ting. Oh, some cutlery as well). If you grabbed that last table, just wait for the food to be served. And talking about food, they have some vegetarian and meat based rotis.
Now, visually, this is quite different from the roti in, say, Malaysian or Indian restaurants. Instead, this one looks more like a flour tortilla. Texture-wise, it is doughier, which worked quite well in this case. However… I am not sure if Sherman was over-blowing or things have changed ever since but… Sizewise, it isn’t that bad.
As for filling, it has potatoes by default, the question is what else you want in it. As mentioned, they have vegetarian options, which, I will admit, sounded quite enticing. However, given all the meat options, I wasn’t going vegetarian after driving all the way.
And, here it is: goat and shrimp! Yes, I didn’t believe it myself such an odd combination would exists. I mean, goat is usually gamey and has a strong taste, while shrimp is quite subtle. Yet, both of them were in that pack mixed together with a curry sauce. The goat was tender; however, it lacked a strong gamey taste. It is possible it was on purpose so it won’t completely overpower the shrimp.
As for the shrimp itself, I am amazed with the size of it. True, there were only a handful but, still, these were not baby shrimps. Furthermore, they had a snap, which indicates the freshness of these. All in all, the pack had a combination of spicy (from the curry and, although I ordered it spicy, it wasn’t extremely so), meaty and, well, seafood?
As mentioned, service is not that of a sit down restaurant but, as usual, this is not a detail I care too much about. I found the food to be good and I would certainly come back. The only caveat (driving there aside) is the cost. This one in particular was $13.50; however, as with most non-mainstream ethnic cuisine, they are not necessarily cheap. Others, though, are more affordable and I won’t be surprised they will taste as good.