— Josh Page (@ILikeFoodJP) November 26, 2012
Sometimes I feel like a culinary slap in the face. When I want food that speeds my heart rate, makes me sweat, and leads to spontaneous yelping, I head to Harry Singh’s. The food is nothing fancy, and that’s a good thing. It’s straight-up Caribbean fare: doubles, roti, jerk chicken, goat curry, pigeon peas, red beans and rice. And it’s spicy! Harry’s awesome hot sauces will burn your face off if you’re not careful. But don’t look for the coconut ice cream to cool down your mouth, for it’s perpetually out of stock. Luckily, Harry (or his incredibly warm son or equally warm daughter-in-law) automatically stocks each table with a large pitcher of ice water. All this is to say, if you like flaming hot Caribbean fare, get to this Eat Street staple ASAP, but go on the early side; they tend to close up shop around 7 or 8 (it’s even worth a call ahead; they are sometimes closed for no apparent reason!) After a few bites of the veggie or meat roti (and a few drops of the aforementioned hot sauce), you’ll be flailing about like ODB, may he rest in peace. Ooh baby, I like it raw.
From the Eater Crew
Letta, vegetarian Venus, says: There are plenty of options for vegetarians at Harry Singh’s, but I suggest sticking with the doubles (when they’re in stock) and/or the curried potato and chickpea roti—astoundingly, filled with even more flavor than protein! The veggie roti is chock full of cabbage, but doesn’t have the same warm-your-marrow feel, and the veggie sides can be strangely flavorless (the odd blank spot in Harry’s spice-filled menu).
Ol’ Dirty Bastard, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”