Location: 672 South Santa Fe Avenue (Downtown)
Type of restaurant: Indian/Caribbean
We stipulated: Maria and I have instituted "New Food Sundays." Every Sunday, a new restaurant. Inspired by the Los Angeles Times' latest 101 Restaurants special issue, we're on a quest to find new eats. Bridgetown Roti seemed like a good place to start.
They stipulated: There's no actual restaurant. You pick up the food outside a nondescript building in downtown's art district. Also: "In March 2020, when most things came to a standstill due to COVID-19 including LA’s busy hospitality industry, Chef Rashida transitioned her years of culinary experience into a Caribbean food pop-up business. Rashida decided she would sell patties from the front of her home with the help of her wife, Shanika. After the chef figured the home pop-up concept could work in her favor, given there's no need for a large team of employees or leases. Word spread across Los Angeles of the unique and flavorful dishes coming out of a little house in Boyle Heights. Pre-orders went live, items sold out, and suddenly there was more demand. She received a Discover grant, moved into a commissary kitchen in the Arts District called Crafted Kitchen, and slowly started growing the Bridgetown Roti team. Bridgetown is entirely family-owned and run, and the food is reminiscent of that very important fact. We proudly represent Caribbean lineage and with our food aim to share the history and culture of such a resilient people."
What we ordered: Oxtail and Peppers (Curry braised oxtail, green pepper sofrito; $8), Mom's Curry Chicken (Curry chicken thighs, crispy Weiser potatoes, turmeric spiced cabbage, cilantro, and scallion; $15).
High point: The Mom's Curry Chicken roti was delicious, and I couldn't help but eat it all at once.
Low point: Bridgetown Roti was offering a holiday discount, but repeated attempts to use it failed. I even contacted the restaurant, to no avail. I finally gave up using it.
Overall impression: We love supporting small, independently owned businesses and restaurants, especially with unique flavors and twists on cuisine.
Will we return: Perhaps, although first we have to try more new restaurants!