Caribbean Tasty Treats
4410 Boul. des Sources (between Roger Pilon & Belcourt)
Dollard des Ormeaux, Québec
Telephone : (514) 542-4410
Cost : $ 28.74 (tip excluded)
Chef Hats : 3.5
When passing in the vicinity of the rows of stores in the mall that houses Caribbean Tasty Treats you can smell the aroma of grilled meat wafting through the air. It is not the regular aroma of your typical BBQ, but that of a specific and particular spiced smoky air filling and permeating the skies above. By now from the name of the restaurant you can imagine that it serves Caribbean food.
I have walked by here many times taking in the great smell of what was cooking in their kitchen. The local who once housed a sushi restaurant seemed small and almost obscure. Very different from what you would find in West Island with their clones of fast food big market chains. How quaint I thought, must try this one.
It is not often I get cravings for this type of food, but once in a while I get cravings for a Rôti, a particular one that I used to eat at work that was sold by one of my colleague who wanted to make an extra dollar here and there.
A Native of Jamaica, his wife used to make them and he would sell them to anyone at lunch who forgot to pack one of their own that day. After leaving that job I tried many roti’s around Montreal but none did the trick like this one I used to have, until I went to Caribbean Tasty Treats.
Caribbean Tasty Treats is owned by Andre Campbell and his dad Danny. A resident of the area for many years, his idea was to bring to the West Island the basic everyday dishes of the islands and of his homeland’s cooking. The restaurant is a definite first to the West Island, I know of none other that serves Caribbean food in this hemisphere. It has all the Caribbean favorites like jerk chicken, Jamaican patties, and Rôti and more.
Nothing is synonymous to the islands than fish and here you will find the most popular ones like codfish, snapper and King Fish.
All meals are served with rice and salad and/or plantains. The portions are generous, the prices are reasonable and the taste authentic. Caribbean Tasty Treats is a cute little restaurant, painted with bright colors and a wall to wall mural of a tropical beach that serves as a back drop against the sunny walls and tropical dreams of vacation.
The place evokes relaxation and the slow pace of the islands. The service was one on one, friendly and very amicable, like you stepped into some one home and we did. We were served by the owner on this quiet night. With only a few tables occupied, we had his full attention, which made our experience genuine and convivial.
We started our dinner with some beef patties for $ 1.50. I was craving Rôti, so I ordered that as my main meal.
They did not have goat Rôti this evening so I opted for a chicken Rôti for $9.50. Served with fried plantains and salad. The Rôti was huge and took up most of the plate. It was mildly spiced with curry and had a good spicy kick, just perfect. Inside the chicken pea wrap was tender morsels of chicken in a chick pea wrap. Even to bring home and have for lunch the next day and just as flavorful. My dining partner had the Jerk Chicken, which came with three pieces of chicken, a mound of rice and salad for $9.50 as well. More than satisfied and with our doggy bags we opted not to have dessert.
Caribbean Tasty Treats is a must try for a casual night out when you don’t feel like cooking or to experience good home island cooking with friends. Reservations are not a must on quiet nights but always a safe bet on the weekends. Caribbean Tasty Treats is great experience for locals and for those who want to venture out to the suburbs, but a pleasant break from the chain restaurants that permeate the West Island.