Cheap Eat of the Week: the kothu roti from Saffron Spice Kitchen
The next time you take a stroll along Queen West during lunch, try not to be enticed by the delicious, exotic aroma of traditional Sri Lankan fare wafting from Saffron Spice Kitchen (hint: it's nearly impossible). Although the place also serves up salads and soups, it’s the butter (or tandoori) chicken, curry lamb or the roti that will surely get your senses going.
The roti here, however, isn’t your typical roti (a la Gandhi Indian Cuisine, just a couple of blocks away). The kothu roti is, in fact, a Sri Lankan-style roti that’s packed with your choice of curried chicken, lamb, seafood or egg. At $5 for a small or $7.50 for a large, the meat is traditionally chopped up and cooked on a heated iron sheet. Word to the wise: Don’t forget the mango lassi on the side.
Saffron Spice Kitchen, 459 Queen St. West, 416-203-0222
Gizelle Lau is a food/travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that cost $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.
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