Fat Pasha (@fatpasha), which opened up a couple months ago, is located on Dupont (just east of Bathurst) in the space which used to be occupied by the Indian Rice Factory. The space features an L-shaped bar with some seating while tables fill the rest of the space. You can also take advantage of the great weather and dine out on their back patio.
Four of us dropped by for brunch and sat at the front of the restaurant where the large windows filled the restaurant with sunlight. Oh, and before I forget, Fat Pasha takes reservations…even for brunch!
So, let’s talk about the food. On the menu you’ll find their take on middle eastern and Jewish fare. Think latke platters, chopped liver, shawarma and salatim.
Their brunch menu consists of some pretty mouth-watering options but the one dish that was really calling out to me was the Pastrami Shawarma & Fried Eggs – with tabule, pickles, smoked paprika mayo, pita & french fries ($16). It was a plate of pure deliciousness. With all the separate components, you basically build-your-own shawarma wrap.
The shawarma was moist, fatty and packed full of flavour. Pack a half pita full of shawarma, rapini tabule, pickles, eggs and you’ve got yourself a damn good bite. Even the fries were tasty – incredibly addictive especially when covered in the delicious smoked paprika mayo.
Mike decided to go with the Shakshuka Plus – sweet & hot pepper, tomato, poached eggs, wild leek relish, Greatful bread challah and lamb meatballs ($17). The regular version for $14 is the vegetarian option…sans meatballs. The tomato-based stew really hit the spot and I particularly enjoyed the kick in it. We made sure to soak every bit of the sauce up with the accompanying challah. While the bite-sized lamb meatballs were solid, the saucy stew stole the show. A very hearty and satisfying dish!
Our friend Joe ordered the Smoked n’ Cured – gravlax, smoked fish, egg, sour cream & Greatful Bread challah ($16). I didn’t try any but he mentioned that he enjoyed it. He also noted that it’s an ideal dish for someone who wants a lighter breakfast. So if you’re looking for something a little heartier, the shakshuka or shawarma would be a better option.
On the side, the four of us shared the ½ Head Roast Cauliflower – tahini, pomegranate, skhug, fried eggs, zaatar & pita crumbs ($15). I’m not going to lie, I was a little shocked at the price of how much this HALF head of cauliflower cost but it was really damn good and turned out to be one of our favourites the day. The cauliflower itself was perfectly roasted and I loved the combination of all the toppings (particularly the tahini!). I’m not sure if this is meant to be an entrée but it made for a great side.
To finish off the meal, we shared the Nutella Babka Bread Pudding – with maple syrup, halva yoghurt and hazelnuts ($12). I don’t think I read the menu very carefully. I took a giant bite out of what looked like ice cream… it turned out to be halva yogurt which is a little tangy and reminded me of cream cheese. It’s a little much on its own but it complemented the sweet bread pudding wonderfully. The yogurt really helped to tone down the sweetness of the overall dessert and I loved the addition of the hazelnuts.
I don’t think I need to tell you that we all were in a major food coma after leaving Fat Pasha. And I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Sure, the prices might be on the high side but the food was delicious. Being a big fan of Rose and Sons and Big Crow, it seems like Chef and Owner Anthony Rose can do no wrong!
At a glance:
• Serving up “Tasty Jew Food”; middle-eastern influenced
• Takes reservations, even for brunch
• Located on Dupont, 2 blocks east of Bathurst
• Chef/Owner Anthony Rose’s third restaurant (who also owns the nearby Rose and Sons, Big Crow)
• Dropped by for brunch and really enjoyed it
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 4 stars