Toronto is well known for having a strong Caribbean flavour and with rival Caribbean restaurants throughout the GTA it is a challenge to find ‘the best’ Caribbean cuisine in town. Toronto Mom Now is here to reassure you that we know where to savour the best Jamaican BBQ charcoal chicken chicken in Toronto, Rap’s.
Authentic Jamaican Dishes
Located on Eglinton West in the heart of one of the city’s most vibrant West Indian communities, Rap’s has been a corner stone of authentic Jamaican cuisine for years but was known as a casual (dive), until recently when it was chosen for the show Restaurant Takeover (not to be confused with the old version of the show, Restaurant Makeover).
TMN was present on the day of their grand re-opening which saw former mayoral candidate and community leader, Dewitt Lee there to show his support and we watched with excitement as the old Rap’s sign was replaced with a new one and the official ribbon was cut.
Rap’s Re-opening For Restaurant Makeover
There were many people in attendance to see the transformation from casual cafeteria feel to sophisticated Caribbean eatery and it is just fabulous. Visitors were treated to complimentary meals of rice and chicken inside their bright and modern looking new space. One thing than remains unchanged is their menu which still features the best jerk chicken in town and another unique feature at Rap’s is that they’re open 24 hrs, 7 days a week. That’s right, you can get authentic home cooked style Jamaican food, in the heart of Toronto any day, any time you please.
In addition to jerk chicken, we recommend their bread pudding, BBQ charcoal chicken and festival (fried dumplings that go well with the BBQ chicken).
Another fun element to Rap’s re-opening ceremony was the live steel pan music which got everyone in a festive mood. Kids didn’t mind waiting for the TV crew to finish their final footage because they were busy getting individual steel pan lessons.
Whether you’re a jerk chicken fan already or new to Caribbean cuisine, we recommend Rap’s and trust us, it’s worth the trip to Eglinton West. Stop by their newly renovated space and let us know how much you love it too.
1541A Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto
Photos by Melissa Bessey