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Anthony Rose New Restaurant - Fat Pasha

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  1. This could be great. I'm a big fan of Big Crow and I love the Ottolenghi recipes. I've yet to try Mideastro but the city could use a fresh take on Israeli/Turkish food. Can't believe Indian Rice Factory is finally closing its doors - place has been there forever.

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      I tried Mideastro recently and was underwhelmed, unfortunately. They use more refined techniques but for me the flavour was lacking. I had the kofta dish, which was nicely presented but at $32 I was expecting something better than what I can make at home, which this wasn't. My dining companion had the lamb duet, which also didn't live up to the promise of the menu description. We both found the food lacked salt.

      I did really enjoy the fig kataiv though, and the service was polished and attentive. The menus I could have done without - giant ipad-like tablets that blind you when you open them up (although I'm sure the more mature Yorkville clientele love them).

      I might go back just for the amusingly named cocktails, the apps (which I didn't try due to time constraints), and desserts - but I'd skip the mains.

      1. re: peppermint pate

        Big Crow and Rose and Sons are 2 of my favourite restaurants! So I have no doubt that this restaurant is going to fantastic too!! Really excited about it!!

        1. re: elasticwaistband

          My husband and I went for dinner last night. It's a small room but very cozy, it was practically full at 6pm.

          We shared the hummus, latke platter and the roasted cauliflower. The hummus was tasty but I would have appreciated more than one pita given that there were two of us. The latke platter was also good but probably better for brunch rather than dinner.

          The star of the night was the cauliflower dish: it was amazingly delicious and surprisingly filling. Rose serves it roasted with halloumi, pomegranate seeds, toasted pine nuts and two sauces (herb and tahini, I think).

          Would definitely go back!

          1. re: slradcli

            Actually it was totally full at 6:00pm. Tried to do a walk-in and no space available until 8:00pm.

            1. re: estufarian

              I just checked the website, and they take reservations, if that helps.

              1. re: kwass

                It might have helped if that had been my destination. The long line-up at Stockyards (a dozen people for a place that doesn't seat that many (and doesn't take reservations) meant we dropped down to try Fat Pasha instead. hence the 'walk-in' attempt. Ended up at Universal Grill - still one of my fave places in Toronto.

            2. re: slradcli

              Fair warning: they've increased their prices since the launch. Saw a review today in NOW that mentioned the cauliflower dish we loved so much. Instead of $15 for the whole head, it'll now set you back $18 for the whole head (or $12 for half).

              1. re: slradcli

                California has been having a major drought this spring. Quite possible some ingredients have gone up in price or are costing more than anticipated.

                1. re: slradcli

                  Hyped new restaurant opens with low prices and then raises the prices once it proves to be popular?!?!

                  Never heard of such a thing!

                  (thanks for the warning, much appreciated)

            3. I love this sort of food, but looking at the menu online, some of the prices blew my mind

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              1. re: air621

                I agree. The prices are ridiculous!

                    1. re: kwass

                      I dunno -- a lot depends on how they serve it (how much, with what, etc.). I know some people were scoffing at the nine dollar doughnut on one of the other threads on here, but if you look at the picture on Toronto Life, nine bucks doesn't seem too unreasonable.

                      1. re: Michael N

                        I'll go regardless of the prices. That said, prices still seem somewhat high to me.

              2. Universal Grill doesn't get enough love on CH. It definitely deserves more.

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                1. re: pakmode

                  Their hot sauce is fantastic, and you can purchase it to take home.

                2. Just tweeted fat pasha to find out if they have any plans to open for lunch any time soon. Apparently, they're planning on opening for lunch and brunch at some point during late spring/summer, which I think is great news!!!

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                  1. re: kwass

                    Given that Fanny's across the street has a line up every Saturday and Sunday for brunch, I definitely see brunch in their near future.

                    1. re: dubchild

                      I think they'll do really well for both brunch and lunch. Of course it's a completely different menu and concept, but Rose and Sons is always busy for lunch and brunch. In fact, there's usually a line up for brunch, so I'm sure FP will do quite well.

                  2. Odd.

                    We were walking by FP on Tuesday at 5:45. Maybe one person in the place.

                    Checked out the menu. Looked tasty. Used to love the whole roasted tandoori cauliflower they served at Nataraj in the Annex back in the day. Sure wasnt $18 (i think that was the price or maybe it was the latke platter)

                    1. Went for dinner last night with some friends. We ordered the set dinner for a couple of people and then supplemented with the cauliflower, the latkes and the chopped liver.

                      Everyone agreed that the salads and dips were the stars of the show, though we disagreed on which particular salads were our favorites. I liked the beets and the cabbage and the tomatoes a lot. Also, the hummus was fantastic.

                      I was not all that enamored of the cauliflower, personally. I like cauliflower, but this seemed slightly undercooked, and not particularly roasted. It was mostly about the stuff on top of it. It is, however, an impressive dish when it arrives at the table, and other people liked it.

                      The chopped liver was fantastic, and the little syrup bottles of schmaltz that the waiters use as they mix it are awesome.

                      The toppings on the latkes were good, but the latkes themselves were very overcooked.

                      The main part of the group platter included a few kinds of meat -- ground lamb (excellent), pork (excellent) and turkey shawarma (good while it was hot, but dried out fast on the platter) -- and sauces along with french fries. I really liked the apricot sauce. The fries were also really good though we had way too much food so not much of them got eaten.

                      We ordered the sufganiyot and the nutella bread pudding for dessert. I liked well enough the sufganiyot but wouldn't waste the stomach room ordering it again when there are so many other things I'd rather eat, while most people were outright disappointed by it. Everyone thought the bread pudding was a little lackluster, but a lot of people really liked the yogurt that came on it.

                      My cocktail -- a pistachio sour -- was interesting and good. Well balanced.

                      So, my overall impressions were that there's a ton of great stuff happening on these plates, but some places where the actual execution fell down. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the meal, I just wish some of the things were being prepared a little better.

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                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                        I was there on Tuesday, we liked the food but thought the service wasn't that great. It was an "okay" review on my end - I'd give it another shot, but I'm not yet recommending it to anyone else.

                        1. re: canadianbeaver

                          Interesting -- I thought the service was pretty good. Friendly, informative -- she helped us decided how much we should order, and made recommendations that seemed pretty genuine, but was totally fine when we didn't take all of them -- and overall on top of things. There was a bit of a strange wait after dinner when she cleared the table but did not bring us dessert menus right away, but that's the only thing I can think of that was even close to a service fault.

                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                            Exact opposite of our experience! She gave us no helpful suggestions, sort of just looked at us when we asked for direction, and didn't listen to what we were saying we wanted to eat. We had to wait at the beginning for 30 minutes for our reservation, but then everything else went very fast.

                      2. 4 of us really enjoyed the salatim platter (especially the baba ganoush - wow) but were mystified at the lack of generosity in pita wedges! Great hummous (lack of pita again) and cauliflower with pomegranate and halloumi. Decent but very seasoned lentil fried onion rice and slightly burnt latkes (5 on a plate topped with fish etc.) Nice intro to arak. The main complaint is that the open-concept kitchen kept pumping tons of smoke into the dining room. We were seated in the booth beside the pass, and it was unbearable. Our clothes and hair stank of food smoke immediately and at times, the dining room was absolutely smoky. Ridiculous!