Rehanah's serves a variety of meat and veggie roti's.
I've avoided this place for so long because of all the hype... of course there couldn't be good trini food in Vancouver... I've been disppointed in my search for a delicious filled roti. Other restaurants even the Caribbean festival disappointed. A few were average but usually the roti is pre-made and tough. Imagine my surprise and delight when I enterred Rehanah's and after waiting was presented with a freshly cooked roti cooked to perfection it was very tender (probably lots of butter brushed on the tops of the roti), filled to the brim with the softest flavourful potato's. I picked the oddest flavour in the menu. The goat and shrimp roti. This surprisingly worked. The shrimps were the size of prawns and awesome. The goat is probably the best goat I've tried in the lower mainland. No gristle, no fat, just tasty tender meat without a gamey taste. I wonder who her supplier is. The fillings for this roti weren't dried out you could tell everything was freshly cooked that day. Combine all of that with the authentic Trini hot sauce that is doused before the roti is wrapped up and I was in heaven. Just delicious and very very satisfying, my quest for an excellent roti in the Vancouver area has ended. This lady can cook, the foods are all home-made style! The price is a tad high but well-worth it for the quality and one will fill you up, plus other places charge as much and are no where near the excellent quality Rehanah's Roti is. No wonder this place has such loyal patrons. While I was there, there was a steady stream of people. To be honest I'm already craving another roti, it was just that good! There are just a few tables. If you have yours to go be sure to get lots of napkins. This roti is up there with the ones I tried in Toronto (In Toronto I recommend Coconut Grove it's located near the mall downtown it's cheap and their housemade hot sauce is quite nice.) Also be sure to combine a visit to this place with a stop to the Japanese bakery Cake-Ya located a few streets away for some delicious low-sugar desserts. Port Moody has some food gems and it's a very pretty city as well!
i've been going to rehanahs for almost 10 years now. my gym is right around the corner from it and i used to work at the restaurant next door to it. rehanah is a super cool lady and does all the cooking herself, i've been to other roti/trinidadian restaurants and this is by far the best. the rotis are awesome, really flavorful and they have different degrees of spiceness (mild, medium etc.) they have like chicken, beef, a seafood one, and a veggie one i think. it's just a small place, 4 or 5 tables and you order at the counter.
Thing is, this can't be all there is to Trinidadian cuisine, can it? I hope not.
Rehanah makes roti's (Caribbean style, not the Singaporean/Malaysian style nor the Indian style) and that's about it. The other option is the rice dishes, which is basically the guts of a roti on rice.
There are exactly 3 tables in this place with enough seats for maybe 6 in all of the store, so don't be expecting no ambience here. The "waitress" (hard to call her that given what's in this place) was friendly and enthusiastic. While we were there, a lot of locals continuously rolled by and they seemed to be on first name basis with Rehanah. Good sign.
It's a good thing then that the roti's are pretty darn good. Is it a "cheap" eats? No, not when you compare next door to A&W, but compared to a quality burrito place, it fares much better. The goat roti rolls in around $11 and the goat+shrimp is close to $14, but fortunately, if I recall, the others are much less, so comparable. It's also quite sizeable, so you will not leave hungry. The goat is really flavourful, and the shrimp, well, big. Really big, you're not getting shortchanged here. One tip though, it does get on the spicy side, so be careful what level of spiciness you ask for.
Worth a trip? Sure. But the only problem is what happens after the first trip? There's nothing to return to unless you get another hankering for exactly the same thing...or you feel like an excuse to chat with the waitress or Rehanah.
For several years I've been wanting to make my way in and try this restaurant. It did not disappoint as far as food is concerned. What deterred me was the interior and basic environment. The pictures and photos did create a unique ambiance.
I ordered lamb and roti and it was fresh. The texture did not disappoint and it was very good. However, the price and value could be improved perhaps the fact this restaurant is in Port Moody justifies the price???
The kitchen was clean and I enjoyed my lunch. I was shortchanged slightly so be careful when you are there. I did leave a tip.
I would recommend others try this restaurant keeping in mind what I have written in this review.
I have never even heard of a roti but have driven by this place countless times.. It is very tiny with only one person dpomg the cooking, serving and taking the cash. My only concern is that she is wearing gloves while preparing the food after handling the cash but you can't see her in the kitchen so you hope she is being clean. The Roti was fantastic but I should have ordered the medium spice instead of the mild. I think it was $ 8.50 and I was stuffed. The owner is very friendly and I shall return
Rehanah Khan is a roti goddess. Thank God she never became an interior decorator. I ate her goat roti today and it was amazing. My wife had the shrimp roti. The roti bread was nice and chewy, but not tough and had a nice smoky aroma from grilling. The filling is just as I remembered it should be - flavourful, but not overpowering. The curried goat and potatoes just hit the spot on a wet soggy day. I ate all of it in the car, because I couldn't wait to get to North Van to scarf it down. I'll be back...
I've heard rave reviews about this place, so yesterday I finally decide to come and try it for myself. Price-wise, I think it is a little one the expensive side, but it was worth it. I order the mild goat roti, and it was HUGE! it was the side of my entire hand and it was about an inch and a half thick. The goat was nice and tender, very flavourful, though I find that the potatoes could use a little bit more seasoning though. I read some previous reviews about the spiciness of the food, so I ordered the mild. I found the it to be a little too mild for my taste, and I don't usually eat spicy food, so next time I would definitely go for the medium for that extra little kick in the roti. Good food, friendly service, would definitely be back!
This was my first visit to Rehanah's Roti and Trinidadian restaurant. It is rarely open and I made three attempts to catch it so, which I finally did. I ordered a chicken roti, medium spice, and a shrimp roti, medium spice, washed down with Ginger Beer and water.
Overall, the rotis were different and very good although I must say I did find them a bit doughy and the mix of vegetables to meat was not balanced. By that I mean that the vegetable component overpowered the meat component. I would have preferred much more protein. Also, I found the prices on the high side considering what I received in food portions.
Still, the concoctions were very well spiced and quite tasty. I would repeat my visit if I can just find her open!
If you live in the Port Moody or Coquitlam area, and this place is open, you should definitely make a quick stop. Rehanah's hours can be frustrating, and the prices are higher than your typical donair place, but the style and quality of her food is well worth it.
Only having eaten at a few Jamaican places prior (and not finding the experience that memorable), I didn't really know what to expect in the roti. It was a combination of indian style cuisine--spiced potatoes and vegetables, almost like samosa filling--and, in my case, tenderly stewed goat meat. The spices are not like a typical samosa, however: they are certainly Caribbean and delicious.
I returned to Rehanah's the next day with my girlfriend. She's a vegetarian, and equally enjoyed one of the many veggie options.
Fantastic place, but more of a take-out thing. Best to pass by earlier in afternoon, too, as she can be closed before the advertised 5:00pm.
after reading reviews on this place, tried it and was truly impressed. the food is wonderful, Mrs R is quite nice, however, the place itself can use an uplift and a bit of cleaning. thanks Mrs R!
I tried the veggie roti, which was the best of all. My husband got the goat and my dad got chicken. they were not as good as my veggie roti. if you are not a real meat eater, try the veggie one and you will be impressed.
If Rehanah was able to open her door more often, then this would be a great place to eat but the hours of operation vary, and she can be sold out of food at a moments notice.
If she's busy with a catering order... her door will be closed. I find this to be a bit of nuisance and I've wondered how she's kept her business afloat for all these years?
Perhaps a small takeout window is all Rehanah requires because the ambiance is terrible, so if you're ever sitting in her establishment, make sure you eat your food and look out the front window.
We finally had a chance to drive down to Port Moody. We were craving Trini food for some time but have not found anything good in Vancouver. To our surprise, the goat rotis were excellent. We ordered the hot ones and asked for additional hot sauce on the side. The sauce has a hint of sweetness and then it has a huge kick to it. The goat was fantastic! The goat and potato filling is cooked to perfection. And, I have to say there was no fat in the meat or wild flavor. I'm not sure whether this was New Zealand goat but it had a lot of flavor. We also tried the chicken roti as well along with some Ginger beear. I have to say the food is very good. This is a small, clean establishment with 3 tables. If you are searching for something spicy and good, definitely check this place out.
The roti here is easily the best in town. The ambiance may be nothing special but the quality of food more than makes up for it.
I have always ordered the shrimp roti and it has always been outstanding. As a bajan man I can only say that Rehanah's roti is "sweet fuh so..."
For those who want authentic trini roti stay away from the Reef and head for Rehanah's
Rehanah makes some outstanding Rotis. The meats are top quality and the curry is so spicy and flavourful. Very authentic. Rehana is friendly and seems to take a huge amount of pride in her food. Certainly a great place to go, but a deep clean and fresh paint would certainly spruce the place up. That's ok though, she can get away with it given the awesome food.
Went to eat here the first time today as I pass it all the time in the car. The owner/cook, Rehanah, is originally from Pakistan, though has lived in Trinidad for many years. She has had this place for 10 years. Not open for dinner as she finds little customers come in after 6pm, hence open from 11am - 6pm. The meat rotis are very big & filling and range from beef, chicken and goat. There are many vegetarian varieties too. Rehanah obviously cares for her food and customers and I was very pleased with the quality and taste of the food. You can chose to have the food mild, medium or hot.
I live in Port moody and make a point of picking up my fix of roti here. I always find Rehanah's service very friendly & quick. She makes everything fresh there and one roti will fill 2 people.
The store is very typical of small ethnic businesses, and have never had a bad meal from there. it sure is a nice change from the typical North American fast food we seem to have on every corner.
The food is fairly authentic and consistently good. The Roti Skin itself is lacking peas and there are too many big chunks of potato in the fully assembled rotis. They seem to run out of a lot of things that are on the menu. The drinks are overpriced and the rotis could be a dollar or two less considering that they are not paying Vancouver Rent/Lease Prices. There is no real ambiance there as it's mostly take out. Call before you go to make sure that they are around as the busy owner Rehannah takes her vacations once in a while. Rehannah is nice and easy to chat with. She is Trini all the way. She was not born in Pakistan. All in all, if you're craving a serious roti, this is the only place that offers it in B.C.
As someone who is originally from a certain, un-named, rather large city that rhymes with "Shmoronto", I have missed quality Caribbean food since moving to Vancouver 13 yeas ago. Until discovering Rehanah's, that is......
The Food: I only ever get roti. I've tried the chicken and the goat, both with varying degrees of hotness. If you are a hot food junkie like me, order your roti either "hot" or "extra hot".....you won't be disappointed! The meat is all free range. Do not be "scared" by the goat. Trust me, you have never tasted anything so tender and delicious, not gamey at all. And it is healthy, not like the GMO crap beef that you get in Safeway. Yes, you pay extra for the high quality free range meats but it is well worth it. Take your food home with you and eat your roti with some Mango Chutney or Tamarind Chutney that you already have in a jar in your fridge. The flavours are so delicious and so excellent and the texure of the roti so perfect that I am salivating as I write this. The reason this place is in business is that the roti kicks ass, pure and simple. There is a legion of hot food roti junkies like me who need to go to Rehanah's every now and then for a "fix".
Service: Rehanah has never been anything but friendly. She calls me "darling". She always smiles and has always been a pleasure to interact with. I always make sure that I go to her restaurant at around 11:30am (shortly after opening) or noon or thereabouts. Accordingly, I have never had a problem with food having run out. And I must say it again: Rehanah truly is a lovely woman and I always leave her store with a smile on my face.
Value: Some other reviewers have grumbled about the prices. Yes, a roti is more expensive than a Big Mac but it is about a million times healthier and a billion times more satisfying. Listen: one roti weighs about 2lbs. and is the size of a chihuahua's head. I'm a 200lb. male with a very healthy appetite, yet one roti does me very nicely, thank you very much. And consider this: when is the last time you saw goat meat in the supermarket? Exactly. This stuff ain't easy to source and it ain't cheap. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Absolutely the value is there.
Ambience: No rating for this since I always get takeout. However, there is no washroom (at least one that is open to the public) and the interior of the restaurant is minimalist and not particularly comfortable. Therefore, I would only give ambience 2 or 3 stars. Yes, 2 or 3 stars because the interior is spotlessly clean and that must count for something. Anyhow, it is really a moot point since I get takeout 100% of the time. Don't worry -- rotis travel well and they will still be hot when you get home to crack open a Red Stripe lager and the aforementioned Tamarind or Mango Chutney from your fridge.
This place is fabulous provided you come for one reason - the food! Not a sit in restaurant type. Small, old, but very quaint and fitting for the type of restaurant it is. Food is fabulous and the best, freshest roti I've ever had. Period. But it is a tad pricey ($10.50 for one Goat Roti). If you want excellent take out food and don't mind paying for it, this is the place. Very very nice owner.
I've driven past this place a million times in my life. Based on reviews here, I made a point of dropping in for a lunch of chicken roti (medium), a beef patty and a grape soda. The ambiance is somewhat stark, but there was good music playing and it was warm like the islands. The roti bread itself was the highlight; thin, chewy, fresh, multi-layered and delicious. The roti was massive, filled with chicken thigh, potatoes and a nice melange of spice. You could easily share it and still feel satisfied. The patty was suprisingly good. Crispy and flaky crust, really flavourful filling. The food was really fresh and hot, and I must say a welcome change to the other fast food options in the area. I'll be back to try some veggie options.