April 26, 2019: Butter Chicken Roti has a location at York Mills and Don Mills. They are a fast casual restaurant serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian roti and rice dishes. Thanks to Patrick of @feedmyphone, I was able to try the Indian food at this location in a private tasting.
It’s a takeout-friendly restaurant with an easy-to-read menu on the wall displaying all of their selections. There’s a fridge with many beverages and desserts and about four tables for dining-in. Most customers tend to order take-out. There’s also a beautiful mural on the left side of the restaurant representing elements of the Indian culture.
Butter Chicken Roti features rotis, an Indian flatbread made from flour, on their menu. They took the traditional Indian curry dishes and wrapped them in a roti, serving them as a wrap. They can also serve the curry and roti on the side if you prefer eating them separately.
We ordered the Signature Butter Chicken Roti, Jalfrezi Rice, two drinks, and two desserts. It only took a few minutes for the food to be ready, and I was so excited to dig in. The food smelled amazing when the staff served it to us!
[I was so glad to see that their rotis and rice dishes were served in paper containers. Score one for being environmentally friendly (so important from now until forever on).]
The Signature Butter Chicken Roti was a thin roti wrap folded perfectly to hold a generous serving of boneless chicken breast in their signature creamy sauce. It was a huge portion! We divided it up in half and ate it with our hands like a sandwich. The roti was simply loaded — you’ll definitely need napkins to remain mess-free.
There were just so many chunks of butter chicken in the creamy sauce in the roti, and the roti was so thin and not starchy at all. It was surprising that such a thin roti was able to hold up all the contents, but it did its job. I was so impressed with this roti!
The Jalfrezi Rice was served with lamb with veggies in curry. (You can choose whether you want chicken, lamb, or shrimp as the contents.) Also, you can order this as a roti too, but since we were already trying the first roti, it made sense to try this dish as a rice dish.
(As well, both orders were mild heat. You can choose from mild heat, medium, hot, super hot, insane hot, or suicide hot.)
This was also a good portion of food (the box makes it look bigger, but the rice is a bit shallow in the box). However, this would feed one person generously. The lamb was delicious, and there were green peas and cauliflower as well. The curry wasn’t spicy at all (true to the mild heat category). The rice was tender and melded so well with the curry sauce. This was a definite comfort food item!
The Mango Lassi was ridiculously delicious! It was honestly one of the best mango lassis I’ve ever had considering it was a perfect consistency of ripe mango juice and wasn’t too sweet either. It was so good!
The other drink we got was a Leaf-Brewed Iced Tea (Raspberry flavour) from the Pure Leaf brand. It was so refreshing.
For desserts, we tried the Rasmalai and Gulab Jamun. Both were served in plastic containers.
The Rasmalai contains flattened balls of chhana soaked in malai (clotted cream) flavoured with cardamom. It was actually delicious too and not too sweet. It was one of the better ras malai desserts I’ve had. Even another customer sitting next to us who was eating it as well commented on the deliciousness of it.
The Gulab Jamun is a milk-solid-based sweet soaked in a light sugary syrup. I’ve had this many types before at other Indian restaurants and its signature sweetness was well delivered in this dessert as well.
I am so glad that I was able to try this Indian restaurant out thanks to the private tasting. Thank you so much for having me, Butter Chicken Roti.
I am definitely a fan of their food after this visit and will gladly return to this York Mills location or their Queen Street West location (and many others that will be opening up soon) to try out their other dishes! The Samosas, Masala Fries, and many of the vegetarian rotis appeal to me. Their menu selection is vast, especially when you try different combinations of meat or vegetables on every visit.
FTC Disclaimer: Although I was invited to a complimentary tasting at Butter Chicken Roti, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the business.