Ok, just found out that the original owner and cook for Spicy Island that I am so fond of is now operating back at the original location on Gouin which became available again. The only problem is that the guy who tracked her down to open at the new location has taken over the name Spicy Island.....so the original owner will be reopening under the name "Jamaica Jerk Center" at the original location. Spicy Island is apparently still operating at the new location with a different chef, who I cannot vouch for. Very surprised and disappointed by these developments!.
I'll wait for the July 13th opening of the new/original restaurant with the original owners and cooks.
Jamaica Jerk Center
My family is Trinidadian so I've grown up on delicious roti. We have so many Caribbean restaurants in Montreal now, but when I crave a good roti, I go to a Trinidadian restaurant (or Guyanese). When I want great jerk chicken, I go to a Jamaican restaurant. I wouldn't order Jerk chicken from Tropical Paradise (Decarie below Queen Mary) but they have my FAVOURITE roti, especially the goat roti. The last time I had it though, the roti skin was not quite as good as I remembered, but still excellent. I'm going to have to try some of the other recommendations, especially this Bon Appetit des Caribes place....and you say they serve Buljol? And all you can eat brunch?? MUST check this out...
Now as for jerk chicken, I agree Spicy Island has the best I've tasted in Montreal, hands down, and I'm SO glad they are back! I've been twice since the reopening and I like the new set up even though it gets crowded Friday and Saturday nights. Everyone is standing there, squeezed up but salivating while the chicken is grilled right in front of you. Very juicy, perfectly seasoned, great portions. I have to try the oxtail again, but at the old place it was among the best I've had.
I'm very grateful to the guy who tracked her down and made her reopen, LOL. I had tried the new place up sources (Caribbean Tasty Treats) and was very disappointed by burned food that tasted bland underneath the burned flavour. (SMH).
Spicy Island is on Sources and Pierrefonds blvd, in the Super C mall strip, but near the dry cleaner/Instacheque side.