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Step into Shalama's Halal Roti Shop, located along the ethnic food haven that is 441 in Margate, and you'll instantly be transported to the islands thanks to Trinidadian tunes and the wafting smells of freshly griddled roti (Indian flatbread) and bubbling curries. At Shalama's, the peppa is hot and the curries are too; daily-changing specials keep the food as fresh and vibrant as the jams. Try straights (vegetarian potato and chickpea curries served with rice or roti) for a starchy, spicy meal without the guilt. Or check out the roti stuffed with boneless, white meat chicken -- perfect for non-Trinis looking for a taste of the islands without the sharp bones. Prices are as low as the bass drones blasting from the kitchen.
On first glance, Shalama's Halal Roti Shop looks like the sort of dicey hole in the wall where you might find yourself at 2 a.m. after a night-long drinking binge. But look closer and you'll catch a glimpse of the kitchen located just behind the front counter. Inside, you'll see a handful of hard-working matriarchs doing the same sort of time-tested home cooking that goes on in households all across Trinidad and Tobago. Those ladies have all the techniques down: making dough by hand and... More »
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