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The Ultimate Guide to Indo-Caribbean Roti in London

Where to find Trinidadian roti, Guyanese pepperpot stew, doubles, aloo pies, and more

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Caribbean takeouts and restaurants in London have become synonymous with Jamaican food over the years, owing to the island cuisine’s dominance in U.K. Caribbean restaurants. It’s little known that the distance between some Caribbean islands is the same as that between England and Eastern Europe, and thus the culture and food of each island differ greatly. Many diaspora from other Caribbean islands, particularly Trinidad and Guyana, started to crave their food, and in London, a collection of — some secret — shops have been blossoming for years while serving up Indo-Caribbean fare: roti wraps, doubles, and aloo pies.

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1. Horizon Foods

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Unit 8, 14 Bull Ln
London N18 1SX, UK

Hidden among clothing factories and food packaging depots is one of the U.K.’s oldest and largest Trinidadian food companies, Horizon Foods. It’s also one of north London’s best-kept secrets. As it’s not a shop per se, the mass volume of rotis created each day — going to the likes of high street upstart Wrap It Up — allow for favourable wholesale prices for walk-in customers. Its no wonder the hungry drive up from all over the south east of the country to stock up on chickpea-infused dhal puri roti skins, bags of pholouri balls, and aloo pies.

2. Trinidad Roti Shop

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27 Craven Park Rd
London NW10 8SE, UK
020 8838 4800

Nearly a decade old. Local Trinis and Jamaicans looking for something different on a road densely populated with Jamaican takeouts offering patties and jerk find solace in the aptly named Trinidad Roti Shop. Offering up the usual Trini fare, vegans will especially favour the vegetable roti, jam-packed with pumpkin, spinach, chana curry, and potatoes. The more seasoned Trini food connoisseurs of the area savour the ‘Saturday Oil’ down on weekends: a coconut milk stew with the choice of pork, fish, or chicken.

Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Trinidad Roti Shop in Harlesden, north west London Mohammed Butt/Instagram

3. Roti Kitchen - Caribbean Restaurant

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6 Leeland Rd
London W13 9HH, UK

Adding to west London’s burgeoning roti scene, Roti Kitchen in West Ealing looks to celebrate all elements of Caribbean culture and heritage rather than just one island. With this, the kitchen menu stretches far beyond its already extensive roti offering, which covers the likes of butternut squash filling, saltfish buljol — fresh veg medley — and barbecue chicken. Add the sharing platters and numerous sides on offer, and novices to Caribbean food can get a primer on food from all the islands.

Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Roti Kitchen in West Ealing Roti Kitchen [Official Photo]

4. Chaconia

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26 Deptford High St
London SE8 4AF, UK

The Chaconia flower is the national flower of Trinidad & Tobago, chosen as it blooms at the end of August, which is when the nation gained its independence from Britain. This, and a ream of other interesting facts about the island collective, can be learned from Una, the owner of Deptford’s restaurant named of the same flower. As all the roti skins and fillings are made by Una, they have a softer, less oily and industrial texture than other places. It also means that the select choice of fillings — stewed and curried chicken or goat — have more depth of flavour and seasoning to them. The fry bakes are also a joy, to be snapped up whenever they are spotted in the side warmer. A less dense dumpling split with a saltfish boujoul, consisting of intensely flavoured saltfish and vegetables, at only £1.50 these are not to be missed.

Best Indo-Caribbean roti in London: Chaconia restaurant in Deptford Chaconia [Official Photo]

5. Roti Joupa

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12 Clapham High St
London SW4 7UT, UK
020 7627 8637

Often mistaken as an Indian curry house, the constant energetic Soca music emanating from the shop’s speakers confirm that the family behind London’s Roti Joupa hails from Trinidad & Tobago. With an assortment of roti bread styles and fillings, it’s hard not to find some combination that will become one’s go-to for years to come. While the award for best doubles in London is very much up for debate, the Roti Joupa fans are definitely the most vocal and voracious. For dessert, Roti Joupa sets itself apart with a daily baked goods selection, starting with coconut bakes and sweet bread. Those looking for a challenge can attempt to devour the shockingly sour tamarind balls, while the staff giggle at the expressions that ensue.

Also at:
20 Stroud Green Road, N4 3EA

58 Goldhawk Road, W12 8HA

The best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Fried baras filled with chickpea curry from Roti Joupa on Clapham Common, London Adam Coghlan/Eater London

6. Umana Yana

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294 Croxted Rd, Herne Hill
London SE24 9DA, UK

Though Guyana has a long history of British rule, its diaspora in Britain is much smaller than the Caribbean islands with which it has a deep cultural connection. With this, Umana Yana exists as one of the very few of Guyanese takeout spots in the entire country, let alone London. Here, Guyanese specialities such as slow-simmering sweet pepperpot stew, the classic okra-chicken combo, and curried meat and fish are all on display. The sweet pastry offering which is part and parcel of Indo-Caribbean trade don’t disappoint, with the likes of cassava pone — a cassava sweet potato cake — eddoe balls — formed from root vegetable dasheen — and the vividly coloured salara coconut swirl cake.

Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Umana Yana Guyanese roti in Herne Hill Jess in Harringay/Instagram

7. Roti Island

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209 Portland Rd
London SE25 4UY, UK
07763 398231

Roti Island is a fitting name: its position in South Norwood on a road jam-packed with Jamaican takeaways must feel like an island. The shop offers up all the roti fillings one would expect, from curried meats to the rare sighting of a kingfish filling: a less salty and heartier fish than the usual saltfish. If the roti bread is too much or a New Year regime is in place, the plump pelau rice will surely suffice.

Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Roti Island in South Norwood Roti Island/Facebook

8. Roti Masters

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Level 3, Centre St Nicholas, St Nicholas Centre, St Nicholas Way
Sutton SM1 1AY, UK

While the likes of Roti Stop rings bells north of the river, to those south all these mean nothing compared to Croydon’s Roti Masters, which has been a quasi-social hub for the Trini community in the area over the last decade. Freshly prepared dhal puri roti and also buss up shot’s streaky roti bread strips go hand in hand with curry shrimp or fried king fish, Trini favourite Red Sorrel Solo soda on the side.

Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Roti Masters in Sutton, Croydon Roti Masters/Instagram

9. Roti Stop Ltd

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36B Stamford Hill, Cazenove
London N16 6XZ, UK
020 8815 4433

A reopened north London institution, Roti Stop’s history of doubles, pholourie, and, uh, roti runs deep in Stamford Hill and Stoke Newington. It plays the hits, with curry goat or jerk chicken on the bone, pumpkin channa, and calaloo with saltfish filling its pristine wraps, while anywhere that will put “deep fried tasty dough” on the menu for eighty pence deserves the highest praise.

10. Roti Rolls Hut Taste

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Unit 2a, 33 New Broadway, Ealing
London W5 5AH, UK

Mauritius is in the Indian Ocean, not the Caribbean, but it shares the migration patterns and history of indentured labour of Indo-Caribbean culture, and much of the culinary tradition too. This counter makes roti and dhal puri to order, every order, before filling them with chana masala; fragrant curry chicken; or a pilchard curry. There’s an evil panini roti — what if roti but pressed to a char — and keen diners can pre-order biryani, rougaille, or creamy fricassee pasta.

1. Horizon Foods

Unit 8, 14 Bull Ln, London N18 1SX, UK

Hidden among clothing factories and food packaging depots is one of the U.K.’s oldest and largest Trinidadian food companies, Horizon Foods. It’s also one of north London’s best-kept secrets. As it’s not a shop per se, the mass volume of rotis created each day — going to the likes of high street upstart Wrap It Up — allow for favourable wholesale prices for walk-in customers. Its no wonder the hungry drive up from all over the south east of the country to stock up on chickpea-infused dhal puri roti skins, bags of pholouri balls, and aloo pies.

Unit 8, 14 Bull Ln
London N18 1SX, UK

2. Trinidad Roti Shop

27 Craven Park Rd, London NW10 8SE, UK
Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Trinidad Roti Shop in Harlesden, north west London Mohammed Butt/Instagram

Nearly a decade old. Local Trinis and Jamaicans looking for something different on a road densely populated with Jamaican takeouts offering patties and jerk find solace in the aptly named Trinidad Roti Shop. Offering up the usual Trini fare, vegans will especially favour the vegetable roti, jam-packed with pumpkin, spinach, chana curry, and potatoes. The more seasoned Trini food connoisseurs of the area savour the ‘Saturday Oil’ down on weekends: a coconut milk stew with the choice of pork, fish, or chicken.

27 Craven Park Rd
London NW10 8SE, UK

3. Roti Kitchen - Caribbean Restaurant

6 Leeland Rd, London W13 9HH, UK
Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Roti Kitchen in West Ealing Roti Kitchen [Official Photo]

Adding to west London’s burgeoning roti scene, Roti Kitchen in West Ealing looks to celebrate all elements of Caribbean culture and heritage rather than just one island. With this, the kitchen menu stretches far beyond its already extensive roti offering, which covers the likes of butternut squash filling, saltfish buljol — fresh veg medley — and barbecue chicken. Add the sharing platters and numerous sides on offer, and novices to Caribbean food can get a primer on food from all the islands.

6 Leeland Rd
London W13 9HH, UK

4. Chaconia

26 Deptford High St, London SE8 4AF, UK
Best Indo-Caribbean roti in London: Chaconia restaurant in Deptford Chaconia [Official Photo]

The Chaconia flower is the national flower of Trinidad & Tobago, chosen as it blooms at the end of August, which is when the nation gained its independence from Britain. This, and a ream of other interesting facts about the island collective, can be learned from Una, the owner of Deptford’s restaurant named of the same flower. As all the roti skins and fillings are made by Una, they have a softer, less oily and industrial texture than other places. It also means that the select choice of fillings — stewed and curried chicken or goat — have more depth of flavour and seasoning to them. The fry bakes are also a joy, to be snapped up whenever they are spotted in the side warmer. A less dense dumpling split with a saltfish boujoul, consisting of intensely flavoured saltfish and vegetables, at only £1.50 these are not to be missed.

26 Deptford High St
London SE8 4AF, UK

5. Roti Joupa

12 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UT, UK
The best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Fried baras filled with chickpea curry from Roti Joupa on Clapham Common, London Adam Coghlan/Eater London

Often mistaken as an Indian curry house, the constant energetic Soca music emanating from the shop’s speakers confirm that the family behind London’s Roti Joupa hails from Trinidad & Tobago. With an assortment of roti bread styles and fillings, it’s hard not to find some combination that will become one’s go-to for years to come. While the award for best doubles in London is very much up for debate, the Roti Joupa fans are definitely the most vocal and voracious. For dessert, Roti Joupa sets itself apart with a daily baked goods selection, starting with coconut bakes and sweet bread. Those looking for a challenge can attempt to devour the shockingly sour tamarind balls, while the staff giggle at the expressions that ensue.

Also at:
20 Stroud Green Road, N4 3EA

58 Goldhawk Road, W12 8HA

12 Clapham High St
London SW4 7UT, UK

6. Umana Yana

294 Croxted Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9DA, UK
Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Umana Yana Guyanese roti in Herne Hill Jess in Harringay/Instagram

Though Guyana has a long history of British rule, its diaspora in Britain is much smaller than the Caribbean islands with which it has a deep cultural connection. With this, Umana Yana exists as one of the very few of Guyanese takeout spots in the entire country, let alone London. Here, Guyanese specialities such as slow-simmering sweet pepperpot stew, the classic okra-chicken combo, and curried meat and fish are all on display. The sweet pastry offering which is part and parcel of Indo-Caribbean trade don’t disappoint, with the likes of cassava pone — a cassava sweet potato cake — eddoe balls — formed from root vegetable dasheen — and the vividly coloured salara coconut swirl cake.

294 Croxted Rd, Herne Hill
London SE24 9DA, UK

7. Roti Island

209 Portland Rd, London SE25 4UY, UK
Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Roti Island in South Norwood Roti Island/Facebook

Roti Island is a fitting name: its position in South Norwood on a road jam-packed with Jamaican takeaways must feel like an island. The shop offers up all the roti fillings one would expect, from curried meats to the rare sighting of a kingfish filling: a less salty and heartier fish than the usual saltfish. If the roti bread is too much or a New Year regime is in place, the plump pelau rice will surely suffice.

209 Portland Rd
London SE25 4UY, UK

8. Roti Masters

Level 3, Centre St Nicholas, St Nicholas Centre, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1AY, UK
Best Trinidadian roti and Caribbean food in London: Roti Masters in Sutton, Croydon Roti Masters/Instagram

While the likes of Roti Stop rings bells north of the river, to those south all these mean nothing compared to Croydon’s Roti Masters, which has been a quasi-social hub for the Trini community in the area over the last decade. Freshly prepared dhal puri roti and also buss up shot’s streaky roti bread strips go hand in hand with curry shrimp or fried king fish, Trini favourite Red Sorrel Solo soda on the side.

Level 3, Centre St Nicholas, St Nicholas Centre, St Nicholas Way
Sutton SM1 1AY, UK

9. Roti Stop Ltd

36B Stamford Hill, Cazenove, London N16 6XZ, UK

A reopened north London institution, Roti Stop’s history of doubles, pholourie, and, uh, roti runs deep in Stamford Hill and Stoke Newington. It plays the hits, with curry goat or jerk chicken on the bone, pumpkin channa, and calaloo with saltfish filling its pristine wraps, while anywhere that will put “deep fried tasty dough” on the menu for eighty pence deserves the highest praise.

36B Stamford Hill, Cazenove
London N16 6XZ, UK

10. Roti Rolls Hut Taste

Unit 2a, 33 New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 5AH, UK

Mauritius is in the Indian Ocean, not the Caribbean, but it shares the migration patterns and history of indentured labour of Indo-Caribbean culture, and much of the culinary tradition too. This counter makes roti and dhal puri to order, every order, before filling them with chana masala; fragrant curry chicken; or a pilchard curry. There’s an evil panini roti — what if roti but pressed to a char — and keen diners can pre-order biryani, rougaille, or creamy fricassee pasta.

Unit 2a, 33 New Broadway, Ealing
London W5 5AH, UK

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