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“Blue Bay Cafe Food from Mauritius in Toronto”
Review of Blue Bay Cafe

Blue Bay Cafe
Ranked #1,251 of 9,175 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: African, Cafe
Neighbourhood: West End
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Neighbourhood: West End
Reviewed December 2, 2017

Oh, I am so sad--I think The Blue Bay Café went under. It is no longer on Roncesvalles where I used to love going.

Thank Teresa G
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Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

It was a great discovery for us. The owners were very friendly and the food, unique and flavourful. We decided to try it out because we were in the area for an event and saw the reviews for this place were good. We don't regret one bit and look forward to many more visits.

Thank AngelBebe
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Reviewed December 1, 2016

Had a truly delicious meal here - very glad we made the visit. The location is awkward and so are the opening hours, so we weren't sure. The friendliest service I've encountered in a long time. Spicy, tropical flavours that taste somewhere between East Africa and India. Wine list could be more comprehensive, but the markup is practically non-existent! In fact, everything is great value. Felt like the bill should have been much more.

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Thank Andrew A
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Reviewed June 7, 2016

The restaurant was a hidden gem in a literal sense. I used to live a few blocks away and walked past it several times a week, and it took me at least two years to realize that this restaurant was open for business. Once I figured out that the restaurant opened only Friday nights and Saturday nights, we became regulars, even when we no longer live in Toronto, let alone Canada.

We flew in over the Memorial Day weekend, and after dropping off our suitcases, we went straight to Blue Bay Café. We weren’t alone in that aspect. Several visits ago, we overheard a nearby table telling the server that they just picked up the relatives at the airport and came straight to dinner, specifically for the chicken cutlets.

And that’s the first must-eat item: the chicken cutlets (Cotelette Volaille). They are more of deboned drumsticks, dipped in some kind of egg batter and fried to perfection. They are moist inside and crusty on the outside, and they are not greasy at all. They are also addictive. You want more than one, but you want to save room for other dishes. The tangy vinegar dip and the spicy hot sauce cut the richness, but you don’t need them. For the hot sauce, a drop goes a long way. When we ate there last time, a couple came to pick up their takeout order. While waiting, they ordered chicken cutlets to eat because they didn’t want to have soggy chicken cutlets at home. So, unless you don’t eat chicken, please order the chicken cutlets.

We also had Fricassee Okra (perfectly sautéed okra with light dressing, a bit tangy, a bit umami), our staple item. If you never had okra or think that it is slimy, this dish might give you a different take. Other favorites in the past included samosas and palm heart & okra salad, which we didn’t have this time.

For the main course, we have not found anything we don’t like. There are a lot of seafood options, and the flavor ranges from spicy to mild, with a kick of curry, a tang of lime and a crunch and tang of green mango. This time, we had Carri Outrite (octopus in a light curry sauce) served with rice. The octopus was tender, the sauce was not heavy and had a spicy kick from the curry to wake up the palate. We also had curried shrimp with green mango. It came with a lot of shrimp, and I enjoyed the balance between the comforting, spicy curry and the crunchy green mango sticks with a touch of tartness. Most dishes are served with fluffy rice, cabbage pickle and tomato salsa to round out the flavors.

Our other favorites in the past included Salmi Canard (roast duck with wine and cinnamon); Fish Rougaille (fish in a savory tomato sauce); Fish Vindaye (fish with ground mustard, garlic and onions); and Crevettes au Coeur de Palmiste (tender shrimp with tangy palm hearts).

The drink options are limited. You can get house wine by the glass or in a carafe (half liter), beer (bottles) or soft drinks. Desserts are also very limited. There might be a cake or sorbet.

The price is reasonable. Except the duck, the main course items are less than $15 (Canadian).

The restaurant is a family run business. I don’t know how long it has been around, but one woman came in with her date and told the waitress that the last time she was here was 21 years ago and that she was glad that the menu hadn’t changed. It sounded like taking her date here was a pilgrimage.

The ambiance is relaxing and quiet. We had been there by ourselves before. There is one waiter or waitress for the entire dining room. The service is polite and friendly and can be slow at times, but not too slow. Normally, you could walk in without a reservation. The restaurant was never packed, but at our last visit, it was almost at full capacity.

Maybe people are finding out about this hidden gem.

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2  Thank Roncey
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Reviewed June 4, 2016

If you wan to experience something really special then eat at this family run restaurant near Roncesvalles. The atmosphere is cozy and the uniquely spiced seafood and fish are wonderful. The menu also covers vegetarians and meat eaters.

The only other way to get Mauritian food is to actually travel to the Island of the Dodo Bird but being in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it is very far away, so enjoy this unique opportunity in Toronto.

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Thank gyoergykalmans
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