Always distracted by the amazing smells from Savannah Caribbean next door it took me a while to pop my head in here. Embarrassingly it took the sighting of a celebrity chef (whom I completely detest) filming inside with a camera crew to further my interest. That celebrity being Paul Hollywood, the silver walrus. It turned out he was filming for some show about bread in there. Anyway I figured I should probably check it out and see what all the fuss was about.
Here’s a bit of informative information. A roti is an Indian flat bread, made from stoneground wholemeal flour, that originated and is consumed in southern Asia. It is also consumed in parts of the southern Caribbean, particularly in Trinidad & Tobago. Its defining characteristic is that it is unleavened (without yeast). Here each roti is made by hand behind the counter and you can choose from a range of curry fillings, both Caribbean and Asian.
I recommend you check out the ‘Hot Doubles’, only £1.50 for one of these, they act as a nice little taster before the main event. The most popular street food in Trinidad & Tobago, the double is a sandwich made with mini flat breads filled with channa (curried chick peas), topped with onion, cucumber, coriander, tamarind and hot pepper sauce. Beautiful little buggers these.
For a main I ordered a regular curry goat roti for £5, it’s pretty big anyway but you can upgrade to a large one for £7 if you’re feeling hungry. Apparently Paul Hollywood can eat 6 in one sitting, however this type of behaviour is not considered as normal. The bread is delicious, soft, easy to tear and perfect for scooping up your filling, the curry goat is amazing. This is how it looks, quite difficult to photograph in an appetising manner, the flavours and textures do the talking here.
Sorry I didn’t take any decent shots of the filling, I was totally ‘ank marvin. You get the general gist below I hope.The roti is quite a decent thickness so it holds the filling without becoming too soggy and doesn’t fall apart.
This isn’t a sit down restaurant really, more of a takeaway joint but there are a few stools if you want to eat in. There are several other bits and bobs on the menu which I haven’t tasted yet, the best thing I can suggest is you get your arse down there, stuff your face, and give me your verdict!
Roti Joupa, 12 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London SW4 7UT