So’s, I love me some goat, y’know? It’s kinda like lamb but with more guts, heft, and twang (woo!). Annnnnd, it’s not the sort of the thing you’re going to find at the local sandwich shop or one of the myriad sushi express places that pepper most neighbourhoods. Thankfully, for the goat lovers there are options in the Mile End. Well, I know of one place now. Jardin du Cari.
The air when you enter is thick with spices. The walls are deep brick red and even in the depths of winter it almost feels like a short whirring fan in the corner to combat the “heat” would make the atmosphere complete. Jardin does Caribbean food in a simple and straightforward way and if you were curious about the exotic details of the cuisine this might not be the place to learn much, but it’s pretty tasty stuff for a fast lunch and it’s real food.
Cloudy got one of the famous rotis – curried chicken wrapped in a soft flatbread (7.30$), and I had to (obviously) get the goat curry (8.75$) with the optional addition of baked pumpkin on the side (+.75$). The pumpkin was bright and crammed with ginger and the curry was warmly spiced, smooth and studded with potatoes and fat chunks of long-stewed goat. The rice was just rice but it soaked up the ample sauce nicely and once slathered with the housemade hot sauce (DELICIOUS housemade hotsauce with real heat and real flavour), it was a treat of a plate. Also featured: fried plantains (a touch too sweet, but oh well), and a decent salad with actual vegetables and a zesty simple dressing.
I didn’t try so much of the roti, but the place slowly filled over the course of our lunch with relaxed locals… eating roti. So, it’s probably really awesome. Anything involving fresh bread, flat or otherwise, is generally a win. And, there is that amazing hot sauce. So… recommended. (The owners are also super nice.)
For the record here is a quick guide to Jardin du Cari’s menu:
Choose a protein – shrimp, goat, chicken or chickpea.
Choose a foods type – roti, curry, guyanese chow mein, or fried rice
= your thing. tada!
One more thing – YOU MUST ORDER THE PEANUT PUNCH!! Holy, it’s delicious and only 2.50$. It’s like if peanut butter collided with a milkshake and made an ice cold frothy nut baby. Mmmmmmmmmm.