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“I know my Roti,” announced my friend Charlotte, “and this place is really good!” If you know Charlotte, you know to take any such pronouncement seriously, so I made a point of visiting as soon as I could. I don’t pretend to be a Roti expert, but I know good food, and Hot on D Spot Roti Shop creates a superb meal for a reasonable price.
What’s a Roti? In Indian food it’s a name for unleavened flat breads prepared on a griddle.
But this usage of Roti comes from Trinidad: the cuisine of residents of South Asian descent. It refers to the bread, yes, but also the curried meal that comes with it (and often stuffed inside like a giant burrito). If you get the burrito style, which I heartily recommend, you’ll be getting what’s known as a Dhalpuri Roti which includes a mixture of yellow split peas (dal) cooked al dente then ground into a fine powder. This is pushed into the Roti dough, which is then rolled into ultra-thin layers, distributing the dal between the layers. The bread is then lightly grilled. As prepared by HoDSRS, the roti comes out with a supple texture. It’s also a surprisingly tough carrier for the fillings: I kept expecting the Roti to break apart and leak, but it never did.
Vegetarian roti are only $5.99 with your choice of Potato, Pumpkin, Spinach, and Channa filling. Meat-filled roti are $6.99-9.50, depending on the filling, which includes chicken, beef, shrimp, goat, or duck. The hot sauce is spicy and flavorful but not overpowering.
Roy, the owner, is a gracious gentleman who’s easy to talk to: it makes sense when you learn he’s a retired bartender who used to work at Princeton’s Nassau Club. He was born in the same village as perhaps the most famous Indo-Trinidadian, the Nobel Prize winning author, VS Naipaul.
Hot on D Spot is located in a little strip mall behind the Hamilton Municipal Building. It’s a 10 minute drive from downtown Trenton, a drive worth taking.