A taste of the Islands is too pricey at Fishy’s Tropical Garden

Fishy's Tropical Garden

It gets my goat that it is so costly to get my goat!
When you first enter Fishy’s, it’s a bit of a mess!
And the prices as posted, should really be less
But for a taste of the Islands, it just can’t be beaten
That delightful goat roti was all-too-soon eaten.
I’ll be back again sometime, I have to confess

If I were to claim a third nationality after British and Canadian, it would almost certainly be Barbadian! For almost three decades, our closest friends hail from that part of the world and we have happily adopted large chunks of their culture. One of the most important aspects of our relationship has revolved around food. Since our children were knee-high to a grasshopper, they probably ate as much Caribbean-style cooking as they did North American; a family get-together would always feature peas and rice, for example, no matter what else might be on the menu.
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The above will explain why I often get a hankering for a good roti. Over the years, Caribbean restaurants have come and gone and we are always on the lookout for any new ones that might crop up and are especially grateful should they happen to be situated in Ottawa’s East End. So you can imagine our glee when our local Caribbean grocer (Cool Runnings at Montreal & Canotek Roads) mentioned that there was one such establishment in a strip mall on Montreal Road near St. Laurent Blvd.

Just the other day, I happened to be in the neighbourhood and decided that I would treat myself. This would not be my first foray but it had been probably six months since my first. There was never a doubt in my mind but that I would be ordering the goat roti, since it is certainly my favourite. What did take me aback somewhat, however, was the price. First, let me mention that although there are a couple of tables with chairs, this is principally a take-out only location. Also, it is not in a particularly upscale neighbourhood. Taking this into consideration, I find the price of $13.50 to be rather high.

Goat RotiSince I was already committed, having walked in and perused the menu for some time, I went ahead with my order, somewhat against my better judgement. I definitely made the right decision! The photo on the left really doesn’t do justice to the end product which although highly-priced was worth every penny. It was chock full of tender, perfectly-spiced, boneless goat meat with a delicious curry sauce with just a smattering of potato. It was accompanied with a teasing of  ‘island vegetables’ (mostly pre-frozen) and a couple of pieces of fried plantain.

If you have never tried Caribbean food in general or roti in particular, I recommend that you try it!


  • Positives: Authentic Caribbean food.
  • Negatives: Take-out only, rather pricey!
  • Recommendation: Great tasting food! You’ve got to try it at least once!
Category Rating Explanation
Food Quality **** Exquisite
Price $$$$ Too high!
Decor ** Grungy!
Service ** Gruff
Overall Rating *** Go for the food!

Frivolous Foodie Facts
Roti is generally a South Asian bread made from stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally known as atta flour, that originated and is consumed in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is also consumed in parts of the Southern Caribbean, in particular Trinidad and Tobago. Its defining characteristic is that it is unleavened. The Indian bread naan, in contrast, is a yeast-leavened bread.Roti and its thinner variant, known as chapati, are an integral part of Indian / Pakistani cuisine.[2] It is particularly popular in all of Pakistan, northern India, central India and western India.[3] In the Indian state of Maharashtra and some parts of Gujarat, poli and bhakri denote unleavened Indian breads

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