Bacchus, in the heart of Parkdale, attracts customers from all over the city. The walls are decorated with an eclectic mix of cartoon characters (like Tweety smoking a joint). Fiery jerk chicken, and beans and rice are popular, but people really come for their authentic roti. They are made to order, with a great selection of vegetarian and meat fillings to choose from. The squash is highly recommended.more...
Husband and wife duo Dick and Sue Bacchus have been operating Bacchus Roti Shop in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood since 1985. Toronto has a wide variety of food options, and plenty of Caribbean roti shops to choose from, so why have local customers remained loyal to Bacchus for so many years?
According to Dick, the restaurant's enduring appeal isn’t just about how good the roti tastes or the low prices, he also credit's his wife's warm personality and friendly customer service. "She’s always jovial, smiling, laughing," he says of Sue. "You go to some other businesses and…people are not always necessarily all that pleasant all the time. I guess that’s the reason people enjoy coming back here.”
Evidence of Bacchus’ friendliness is present in everything from the restaurant's homey decor to its casual and relaxed atmosphere. The dining room is always buzzing with families eating a meal together, friends casually conversing over roti and customers chatting in line as they wait for their take out orders. For Dick, interacting with customers continues to be his favourite part of the job.
"We have many people that we deal with on a regular basis over the years and eventually we’ve moved from a customer relationship to more of a friendship," he explains.
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3 ratings & 3 reviews
October 17, 2009
the food wasnt even hot which was what we had...
the food wasnt even hot which was what we had expected. Instead it was dirty. The plate, the spoon, the knife and the table were dirty. I didnt even ask them to wipe the table because I saw the cloth sitting on the counter. Uuuhh gross. West Indian/south american? never again.
The roti here is usually VERY good. I don't like...
The roti here is usually VERY good. I don't like potato and i like the vegetable options instead. They changed one of the vegetables to tofu/geans/carrots which is awful. When my roti order came back wrong (there was potato) they didn't want to fix it and it became a 1/2 hassle ending up with the order taker storming out....even though she acknowdged her fault....was very dissappointed.
An excellent place to get rotis, unfortunately I...
An excellent place to get rotis, unfortunately I don't think they deliver anymore. Nearly everything is made in house, cheery atmosphere, always lots of people visiting this restaurant, plus they've been in business a long time.
Toting Bacchus’ roti options, from curry shrimp to spinach eggplant to specialty combos like the life-altering shrimp-and-cheese-option, the chalkboard menu of this Parkdale café is literally irresistible. After a 2008 facelift, the restaurant went from dingy mom-and-pop shop to warm yet modern eatery featuring chic hanging lights, wooden tables, and cozy booth seating. This is the kind of Parkdale spot that won’t bust your wallet (on the contrary, it might be your cheapest meal all week), but will still provide a warm environment for eating in, or hanging out while your pickup order is finished.
Bacchus Roti Shop is not your average roti shop. Sure, there’s the regular jerk chicken and curry goat goodness here, but you’ll also find house specialties like Shrimp Roti with spinach, squash and cheese, and $5 drinks.
“Bacchus Roti” is translated as “holy, amazingly good roti”, and it’s easy to see why. This Guyanese-Trinidadian restaurant uses only the best ingredients, offers a huge selection of curries and gives you far more to eat than appears humanly possible. So. Sinfully. Good.
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