Doubles, Mister Spicee!
I wouldnâ€™t imagine that anyone walking by Mister Spicee on Victoria would even notice it. If they did happen to see the somewhat dilapidated and makeshift sign, I donâ€™t think they would voluntarily walk in there. And this is where that person wouldâ€™ve gone terribly astray, because Mister Spicee is quite possibly the best in Caribbean â€œfastâ€ food Montreal has to offer.
Itâ€™s not really a restaurant, as three stools arenâ€™t often considered resto status. Nope, this is the place you go to pick up awesome patties, drool-worthy rotis and possibly one of the only places to get yourself whatâ€™s known as the Trinidadian double, as well as an immense selection of Caribbean drinks, including ginger beer. Mister Spicee is takeout thatâ€™s worth traveling to!
Jamaican patties, if youâ€™ve been living under a rock and donâ€™t know, are like savoury yellow pies that house usually spicy meat fillings. Mister Spicee offers up three varieties: the beef, the chicken and the vegetarian, and all three are equally delicious. The minced beef is slightly spicy, and the minced chicken is milder, with a less heavy feel. One of these is definitely a healthy-sized snack, and after two, youâ€™ll feel like youâ€™ve had a good-sized meal.
The veggie is quite different; not nearly as greasy, and not a vegetable paste, but filled with solid chunks of vegetables like peas, carrots and onions. All three have quite dynamic flavours, accentuated by the warm, flaky, turmeric-laden crust.
The sauces available are an important part of this pattie experience, so donâ€™t balk at paying the $0.50/sauce price â€“ the tamarind sauce is sweet, almost like caramel, with a light tang to it and the hot sauce guarantees youâ€™ll need water. Mixed together, these sauces make the patties heavenly.
The Trinidadian doubles, while not particularly attractive, are stunning in their taste. These are like the Caribbean hamburger â€“ two fried flatbreads (again, laced with turmeric) rounds, called bara, with a curried stew-like filling in between. I ordered both of my doubles with channa, which is a curried chickpea chutney, and one with chicken and one with goat. I preferred the chicken, as it carried the curry flavourful more brightly, but the goat is also highly recommended. In both cases, the chucks of meat were fresh and tender, and the flatbreads were perfect â€“ slightly chewy and very flavourful. Potato is also available, if chickpea curry doesnâ€™t do it for you.
Also available are many different rotis, as well as pholourie, and fishcakes. The doubles cost $2.75, patties $1.25 and the rotis run about $6. Cheap and authentic â€“ I canâ€™t recommend this place more.
6889 Victoria (Plamadon metro)