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Fat Pasha

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on April 25, 2014 / review policy

Fat PashaFat Pasha, Anthony Rose's latest venture with partner Robert Wilder, is now open on Dupont in the corner spot once home to The Indian Rice Factory.

The 45-seat dining room by Palmerston Design features original artwork and a mural by Jeff Blackburn, plus psychedelic Grateful Dead prints from Rose's own collection. Seating consists of bar stools, groupings of two-tops and a couple deep booths.

Fat PashaA little familiarity with Yiddish helps to decipher the chaotic one-page menu, which blends Israeli and Sephardic cuisines. Street foods like mezze spreads, salads and mixed grill options sit alongside Shabbat-worthy fare like whole grilled fish or latkes topped with caviar.

Fat PashaThe shawarma and mixed grilled feast can be ordered for $39 per person. Singles can enjoy a scaled-back version on request that comes packed with grilled meats doused with skhug, thick-cut Yukon fries, smoked paprika mayo, mixed pickles, hummus and amba, a sweet apricot condiment.

Israeli couscous ($14) dressed with date syrup offers an exchange of sweet and salty flavours, pairing dried fruits with salty olives and boldly spiced harissa to finish.

Fat PashaThe "chopped liver a la Sammies Roumanian" is done in the style of the famous New York steakhouse; it's beautifully composed in a deep bowl before being tossed table-side with warm schmaltz. I like this dish, a lot - so much so, that I give up on the grilled challah triangles and end up spooning it directly to my mouth. It's hand-chopped (rather than puréed to pate consistency) and stirred with hard boiled eggs, deeply caramelized onions, crunchy fried gribenes (chicken skin cracklings) and fresh radish. It is certainly not diet food, and eating it like a salad is totally not advised.

Fat PashaBeau's and Steam Whistle are on tap for $7 a pint, but more interestingly, there's a red and white from Norm Hardie on tap offered in ultra-accommodating half-litres ($35). A Manischewitz Negroni is still in the works, but for now, there's the Mul on Rouge ($13), crafted with Dillon's gin, Lillet Rouge, Cointreau and grapefruit juice strained into an Arak rinsed glass.

20140423-fatpasha590-08.jpgFat Pasha is currently open week-round from 5pm. Expect the additions of a weekend brunch service in coming weeks, plus a 70-seat back patio with full bar currently in works.

Fat PashaPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

29 Comments

None / April 25, 2014 at 10:17 am
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Looks very nice. Is it Kosher?
SS / April 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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Ate there yesterday - it was fantastic. Highly recommend it. The chopped liver was incredible.
kioch / April 25, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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Menu is hard to read.
jonathan / April 25, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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highly doubt its kosher. wish it was too.
Givemebreak / April 25, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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Culture Plundering Hipster crap
Insulted / April 25, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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$39 for that plate of Chicken, Fries and Pickles?
Insulting.
sigh / April 25, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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No, $39 per person if you order the whole feast, like a table full of meat and salads and food etc. the SCALED BACK version (if you take time to actually read and comprehend) is what is showered there with the meat and fries. Got it?
sigh / April 25, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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*showed
:)
l3mur / April 25, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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I was there last week. The portions are huge and its the kind of place where the plates should be shared. We ordered the cornish hen, salatin platter and falafel, and it would have been enough for at least 4 people - we had delicious leftovers for lunch the next day. Fun atmosphere, great food.
Think / April 25, 2014 at 07:50 pm
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The sazerac cocktail is insulting . How can you replace absinthe with arak WOW. #15
Fay / April 30, 2014 at 09:47 pm
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So what's a good place for delicious, authentic, and reasonably priced eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food?
Derek / May 8, 2014 at 09:17 pm
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Overpriced garbage.
justwow / May 9, 2014 at 04:38 am
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Overpriced, not good. The shawarma bullshit platter is $39 for not a lot of food and pretentious small portions of mediocre meat. $9 for hummous with ONE PITA. That shawarma platter comes with 3 pita triangles.

To answer your question Fay, Tabule, Me Vah Me, Shawarma Empire, College Falafel, Liberty Shawarma is okay, Jerusalem's is okay. Or Ottawa if you're desperate. Hasty Market at yonge and davisville actually has decent shawarmas, much better than anything I had on my first and last visit to Fat Pasha.
justwow replying to a comment from sigh / May 9, 2014 at 04:53 am
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The platter isn't a huge feast, it's a bunch of small pickled dishes. None of them spectacular. A little thing of tahanini and some other sauce, a small portion of 3 or 4 meats none of which seemed to be chicken. It seemed majority lamb. And an okay portion for one person of fries. This is what we got for $39 per person. A bunch of small chintzy filler for two instalments of $39 bucks. It was about 22 dollars max worth of food at a at a place with not super generous portions. To call this place a rip off is a gross under exaggeration. I actually feel robbed like I responded to a shifty craigslist add and got mugged at the meet up. Listen to Bob Dylan and CSNY while we rip you off with mediocre inauthentic food. The hipster douche chills are also just brutal at this place. I cannot more strongly possibly unrecommend a restaurant.
jessw / May 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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It's unfortunate what a disaster this place is...too many reasons to even list
K / May 16, 2014 at 07:17 pm
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Dude, you just recommended Paramount. You lost your right to have a say.
E / June 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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Why the heck would I need to be familiar with Yiddish to go to a Sephardi restaurant?
J / June 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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My boyfriend and I ate here about 1 month ago and thought the food was good but definitely overpriced. For 2 people we ended up spending $130 without any drinks or dessert (mind you we were pretty full when we left). I've been to equally good restaurants in the city for much cheaper.
iggy / June 22, 2014 at 09:33 pm
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just walked out of there and not walking back in. the $22 salad plate was underwhelming. $9 cocktail which featured fresh mint as an ingredient was served in a tapered short glass with a sprig of wilted mint instead. cauliflower was ok. falafel was dry. more importantly, the front manager was hostile. damn shame, as i live in the neighbourhood.
iggy replying to a comment from Fay / June 22, 2014 at 09:35 pm
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try the resto on Baldwin in Kensington, across the street from Tom's Place. it's owned by a syrian couple and they make everything in house. ridiculously good and inexpensive.
kris / July 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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try Panorama, unpretentious Lebanese, decent quality, the mezzes are especially good, they used to be out in Markham but opened up a location at yonge and dundas of all places, quality fresh bread and home made baklava/deserts as well

for something a little bit jazzier tabouli is ok, but Toronto lacks on solid Lebanese/Levant food in general
Arya / July 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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Went with high expectations and left with huge disappointment. I realize this is a tough business but I don't expect crap when I spend a good deal of money on the table. Shame!
fluffy / July 31, 2014 at 04:53 pm
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best chopped liver ever. don't get what the haters are hating on.
shamshaan / September 1, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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$20 for a salad? good luck suckers We were conned by the hype but now we know
shamshaan replying to a comment from Givemebreak / September 1, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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Best comment ever
Robbie / October 1, 2014 at 11:40 am
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That is it. It is official. I hate hype and blogs and everything. Sour tasting food served at Canoe prices.
Nader / October 11, 2014 at 08:14 pm
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Avoid! it was sour where it should not have been... sour hummus? yu ck
Nell / October 18, 2014 at 09:58 am
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the cauliflower is great. it's all a bit too expensive. what really pissed me off was when we ordered 3 dips, got about 2 pitas with it and then when we requested more they charged us $1.50...it's not a lot but it's just bad customer service.
jameson / November 21, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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been to this place twice - the first time when it just opened, and i was completely overwhelmed by the value and quality. went last night and it was decent, but nothing spectacular. i would still go back, but not as much as I would like too considering its a bit overpriced

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