The second restaurant we tried along the Dupont strip where Chef Anthony Rose pretty much has his empire of restaurants is Fat Pasha.
Fat Pasha is where you go if you want really good, yuppified Middle Eastern and Jewish food. Also, where else can you eat latkes as 80s hip hop music plays (hello, Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It)?
Like Rose and Sons (my visit here), the restaurant was small (not as small as Rose and Sons) and really busy. Thankfully, we got seats on the bar without reservations but Fat Pasha’s menu is mostly meant for sharing, so the bar seating didn’t have much table space to accommodate multiple dishes.
Falafel ($10) with tahina, lemon and pickles. It was crunchy on the exterior, soft and moist on the inside.
Latka Platter ($15) with salmon caviar, hard-boiled egg, chives and sour cream (I asked for it on the side). This is one of my favourite starter dish we ordered. Lots of textures going on and the salmon caviar was a surprise with the pop of a slight fishy flavour. The caviar isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re not fond of fishy taste.
Fat Pasha Hummus ($10) with chickpeas, tahini, lemon, smoked chipotle and olive oil. We added chili kale and pickled raisins for an extra $6. The hummus was smooth and light. With the added kale and raisins, it adds a little more texture, flavour, and turns it to a little extra dish especially when there’s not enough bread for the hummus.
Saffron Couscous ($17) with rapini, squash, chickpeas, apricot, nuka sauce, and slivered almond. The couscous dish was spicy, really spicy.
Overall, Fat Pasha was a good dining experience. Even though the dishes were served like family style, it was filling for two people. Our server told that our order was enough, any more and it would have been too much. Service was on point. Reservation is definitely recommended.
414 Dupont St.