I intended to post about single vegan items on menus within walking distance of Commercial Street Skytrain Station (just to show you can grab something mid-transit) but Patso was M.I.A. and then Baby Dahl Roti Shop turned out to have a couple more menu items that were plant-based (I thought there was only one thing). Commercial/ Broadway Station is an area where a vegan could actually linger for days and survive but we will do this one place at a time.
Baby Dahl Roti Shop - Vegan Options
BDRS is just a few steps east on Commercial (from the skytrain station) and just shy of the legendary plant-based spot, The Burrow. There is Caribbean food obviously, and run (as near as I can tell) by a first-generation Canadian-Caribbean woman whose parents are from the Islands. I was lucky enough to arrive when some of her family members (including pre-first-generation Canadians) were visiting and I rudely inserted myself into the conversation. They seemed like wonderful warm family first people!
The main thing to try is the Veg Curry with Rice and Peas. This was great as the Vegan Twosome has already attested! If you're not already doing so, follow them all over the place including on YouTube where they review a vegan place somewhere (mostly Vancouver) every Sunday. To be honest, I would not have known about BDRS if it weren't for their video. The greens turned out to be spinach and were wonderful as were the chick peas and potatoes. Served with hot sauce on the side that very nearly blew my fool head off! Be careful with that stuff.
It turned out that their "street food" items were also vegan so we tried them all starting with the Aloo Pie. Nice pastry, warming and satisfying filling, I liked this a lot.
Next up where the Pholourie. I had never heard of them but they are a simple dumpling of flour and probably chick pea flour and a tamarind chutney dipping sauce. Very nice.
Apparently, Doubles are quite popular here (and in the Caribbean) and its not hard to see why. Pictured above with one house made flatbread folded back to reveal the chickpea curry, this was another warming and satisfying taste of the Islands very suited to Vancouver's rainy weather.
I keep saying Caribbean but since all the Googled descriptions of the street foods say that they are from Trinidad and Tobago, I think that might be the more correct description of this place but it would behoove me to get confirmation. At ant rate this is a friendly and comfortable place to get a vegan meal to dine in or to go. Thanks BDRS for making the vegan option available!
Food 4 out of 5
Vegan Options 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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