A recent addition to The Bottling Department Food Hall at Pearl is bringing Caribbean-inspired dishes to North Central.
Chefs Nicola Blaque of The Jerk Shack and Lionel “Butch” Blache — Grey Moss Inn, Max’s Wine Dive and Grayze — recently debuted Mi Roti, 312 Pearl Parkway, Building 6.
The eatery is straight-up street food from the islands, with savory flavors reminiscent of Kingston, Mandeville or Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Blaque — a Jamaican native, CIA-trained and an Army veteran — already spiced things up winning local awards for The Jerk Shack.
Her Mi Roti collaborator showered her with praise.
“She’s the brain behind it (Mi Roti). I’m just in charge of day-to-day operations,” said Blache, a New Orleans native and longtime fan of all things Jamaican. “She and I have similar styles. When we started talking, we realized that the food she grew up with and the food I grew up with in New Orleans shared a lot of similarities.”
The restaurant’s title refers both to the food’s style and crêpe-like flatbread, or “roti,” which envelops it.
Guests at the eatery’s walk-up window can choose from a variety of roti selections to build their own wrap or a bowl.
“We wanted … to give the customer the power to create. With the choices we offer on the menu, I think we calculated that there are about 323,000 different combinations possible,” Blache said. “You could eat here every day and never eat the same thing twice.”
Diners pick a protein, which can change with the season, ranging from all sorts of chicken to pepper shrimp or grilled steak. Next, comes rice; varieties include brown, coconut or cilantro lime. Then, pick toppings (five max) such as pickled red onions, shredded cheese, cucumber slices and roasted Brussels sprouts. Finally, sauce options consist of mango chutney, avocado cream, chimichurri and more.
Side dishes include masala fries or red beans.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
312 Peal Parkway, Building 6, in the Bottling Department at Pearl.
For more, visit www.facebook.com/miroti210/