Doubles, pepperpot, griot, tassot, jerk, bokit. Montreal enjoys a privileged banquet of foods from the Caribbean diaspora. The fact that you can wash a roti down with a mauby or sorrel today correlates, in no small part, to changes Canada made to discriminatory immigration laws half a century ago. That's the history lesson. Here's the food. Enjoy this map of Montreal's essential Caribbean restaurants.Read More
The Essential Montreal Caribbean Restaurants
Take a trip to the islands
1. Carribean Tasty Treats
The West Island has an active Caribbean community. At Tasty Treats the menu runs the gamut: ackee, curries, jerk, stews, rotis, patties, and hard-to-find desserts like potato pudding and black cake.
2. Mr Patty
Beyond the namesake focus, Mr Patty offers a lineup of curry chicken, curry goat, rotis, and Jamaican sweets.
The West-Indian menu at this Lachine restaurant are served up in a no-nonsense casse-croûte style of restaurant; no wonder, as it’s located in the same spot that once housed a popular submarine sandwich shop. The accras and jerk chicken alone are worth the trip.
4. Caribbean Paradise
The borough of LaSalle has a significant West Indian population, well served here with a hefty menu of regional faves. For lively domino tournament action, this is the place, if not their traditional Guyanese-Chinese side menu with stir-fried options to boot.
5. Caribbean Curry House
The incomparable Caribbean Curry House has served rotis, and stew plates in Côte-des-Neiges since 1980, and is regarded as one of the top spots to grab the classics.
6. Boulangerie Spicee
Sometimes known as "Mr. Spicee" or just "Spicee's", this may be some of the city's best value food, period. Grab the doubles — the slightly messy flatbread sandwich filled with Trinidadian curry, a Spicee staple.
7. Tropical Paradise
Oxtail, barbecue chicken, goat, plantains, rotis — get 'em all at this Côte-des-Neiges-NDG restaurant.
8. Casserole Kréole
Montreal North's large Haitian community is well-served here by Kenny Pelissier and Hans Chavannes, two chefs and grads of the ITHQ and Calixa-Lavallée, respectively. Casserole Kréole doubles as a caterer and lunch counter.
Part eatery, part market, and indispensable hub of the city's Haitian community, Méli-Mélo sells more griot than any other restaurant in the city. The menu's more extensive than the delectable porky staple, however. Come with a posse and sample traditional takes on turkey, goat, chicken, and fish too.
10. Jean's Trinidadian Foods
QC H4A 1X7, Canada
This mother-daughter NDG restaurant and store has served doubles, rotis, dumplings, kingfish, homemade drinks like ginger beer and ice cold sorrel since 2003.
Montreal's Dominican community is small, but here's one restaurant that provides the homesick with food nostalgia. A good place to go for the seven-meat-stew sancocho or mashed plantain mangú.
Cheap, hearty, and socially conscious: That’s Michael Lafaille’s Caribbean spot in the St-Hubert Plaza, serving honest Haitian food at low prices while making a point out of hiring staff with disabilities —particularly sight problems, much like Lafaille, who did a stint at the dining-in-the-dark restaurant O Noir.
13. Lloydie's (multiple locations)
The Jamaican patty maker made waves in Montreal when it announced it would be opening a brick-and-mortar spot in Mile. The new fast-casual spot features platter and sandwiches of jerk meat alongside macaroni pie, Caribbean poutines, and a small but sturdy selection of desserts. Now with a downtown location on Crescent.
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14. Le Jardin Du Cari
QC H2T 1S8, Canada
Another rare restaurant that serves authentic Guyanese-style West Indian food. Try the roti, of course, but save room for chow mein, goat fried rice, and a cool peanut punch.
15. Casse-Croûte Steve-Anna
This beloved Haitian snack bar closed suddenly in 2014, instigating an uproar within the community. Steve Anna was saved, however, and now operates in new digs in Rosemont not far from its original location.
16. Caraïbe Delite
Finding Guyanese comfort food is a tricky business in Montreal. At Caraïbe Delite, familiar staples from the South American, but culturally Caribbean, country abound. Fresh peanut punch to wash down rotis are highly recommended here.
17. Seasoned Dreams
The social media savvy Seasoned Dreams has made waves with jerk poutine mashups. Chef Jae-Anthony Dougan-Holder’s menu also includes your standard jerk chicken and pork plates, mac ‘n’ cheese, and wings. It’s now equipped with a stand-alone restaurant in addition to the catering service.
18. Mango Bay
Mango Bay has held fast for over a decade and a half in downtown Montreal. Come for Jamaican jerk, fish cakes, curry goat, and tropical drinks and desserts. There’s a mean patty on offer, too.
Toronto restauranteur Jen Agg and her partner Roland Jean may no longer be involved, leaving two members of band Arcade Fire as the owners, yet this soulful spot for rum cocktails and Haitian goods forges on under the guidance of chef Paul Harry Toussaint. Snacks like fried plantains, macaroni gratin, and spiced ribs, stewed goat with vegetables, and whole fried fish are all worthwhile reasons to visit.
20. Boom J's Cuisine
The jerk chicken at Boom J's lures people to Pointe-St-Charles, but don't sleep on the restaurant's curry goat, stew beef, oxtail, and ackee and saltfish.
21. Bonne Bouffe Créole
Bonne Bouffe Créole delivers lambi, griot, tassot, and other Haitian fare all over Hochelaga.
22. Le WillMar
This casse-croûte, grocery store, and caterer is out to serve Repentigny's sizeable Haitian community. On the menu: lambi, tassot beef, griot, soupe joumou, fritay, cabrit, and more.