Caribbean Sunset is one of the newest additions to the Riverside food scene. Owner Douglas Ling and head-chef Christopher Farquharson are churning out tropical favourites at all hours of the day, adding some much-needed variety and spice to the ‘hood.
Mains range from $11 to $16 and come with your choice of any two sides. Choose from coleslaw, dirty rice, curried potato or chickpeas, callaloo, festivals or plantains. All dishes can be spiced-up with the Ling family scotch bonnet sauce. Standouts include Jerk Pork Tenderloin and their Curry Goat lunchbox… and there’s always a $10 lunch special that includes a main, rice & peas and a drink.
Their roti shells come in daily from Mona’s in Scarborough, and any main on the menu can be turned into a roti for the same price… plus they fill them to the brim with any two additional veggies. They also have a large assortment of veggie rotis, including the infamous Ital (a personal favourite wherever I go).
Perhaps the best deal on the menu is their Soup de Jour. For only a fiver, you get a very large serving of either Corn & Veg, Red Bean & Beef or Chicken & Noodles. Complete with spinners, it’s a substantial lunch for a great price.
From a sheer supply-and-demand perspective, Caribbean Sunset is the best Riverside has to offer. However, after frequenting a number of times now, I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the food and the service. Be sure to ask for a Patty or one of their Doubles if you’re just looking for a snack. One of these days I’ll be sure to pop by in the evening to try one of their many signature island cocktails.