MI ROTI: Approachable Caribbean Street Food In San Antonio
by Andrew Chalk
The ever continuing expansion of Pearl has brought the Bottling Department, the apparent NSA codename for a food hall, right near the center. Among the additions there, as recently as this March, was Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food restaurant from Chef Nicola Blaque co-founder, with her husband, of The Jerk Shack and a Jamaican herself, and Chef Lionel “Butch” Blache, formerly Executive Chef of MAX’s Wine Dive.
The result is an approachable, innovative, affordable place for Caribbean street food. At a recent media event I had a chance to sample the food and some of the Jamaican soft drinks. Based on this, the fries ($5), good fries dusted with masala powder, deserve a Nobel prize for innovation for being such a simple adaptation that is nonetheless unique. The beef patty ($5), (rather like a beef empanada) is super solid. Plantains ($4) are good. The Jerk Chicken is very different from the other ubiquitous variants of chicken.
And these combo bowls are good as well:
Mambo Combo #1 (Cuban Picadilla, Cilantro Lime rice, Roasted Corn, Shredded Carrots, Pickled Onions & Peppers, Green Onions, Garlic Sauce, Avocado Creme - $15.50).
Irie Combo #3 (Coconut Curry Chickpeas, Coconut Rice, Shredded Carrots, Jalapeno slices, Roasted Corn, Pickled Onions and Peppers, Cilantro, Mango Chutney, Chimichurri Sauce - $15.50)
In fact, it is hard to go wrong here!