Fat Pasha

Posted on March 5, 2015


After Abe and I wrapped up an EyeCandyTO photoshoot so late it was past the dinner hour, I randomly asked him if wants to go for a bite to eat.  Since we were in the Yorkville area, I came up with Fat Pasha as the place we could go to.  I know Abe would love it as it is known to have a Middle Eastern/European flair in its menu.  We were prudent to call ahead to ask if they can take in two walk-ins at short notice.  Ever since Fat Pasha opened last year, they have a steady stream of diners that doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon.  We took our chance and we got to try Fat Pasha.

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What I love about dining with Abe is that we always split all dishes we order and I get to try a lot in a menu.  For the night, we agreed on Fat Pasha hummus with added gribenes (translation: chicken skin chicharron!), falafel, roasted cauliflower, chicken schnitzel and nutella babka bread pudding.  I know it’s a lot and I must say each time I try a dish, I was happier than the past minute that went by.

I am very much a fan of hummus but I never have tried it with gribenes. It was a real stroke of genius to add a rich, savoury texture to a smooth dish. It definitely escalated hummus.  But I forgot about the pleasures of the hummus as I took a bite of the falafel that came next.  I could finish the whole bowl by myself (even after a good portion of the hummus) as it was the tastiest falafel one can sink their teeth into.  So crunchy on the outside and yet moist and soft on the inside.  It was definitely addicting.

I didn’t expect to be wowed some more but the roasted cauliflower came and it took my breath away. THAT dish was photogenic!  It was almost heartbreaking how we had to cut it to eat it.  The picture it made as it landed on the counter can make you want it badly.  And it was so good to the taste, giving you bursts of freshness from the pomegranate, creaminess of the halloumi in-between the zings of spice from the green sauce that pulled all the flavours together.  Be careful of that spicy green sauce at the heat builds on your tummy.  By the time the schnitzel appeared, I was starting to get full.  Although schnitzel was a good dish, I could not get the roasted cauliflower out of my head.   It was too impressive to get trumped by anything else that came my way.  To be visually stunning and delicious at the same time was just too hard to top.  We finished the meal with nutella babka bread pudding but that still did not change my mind that my memorable dish for the night was the roasted cauliflower.  It was too unique and delightful to be replaced.

The meal at Fat Pasha was definitely memorable.  I think of it as a good reward to a very long working day.

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