Cuisine type

  • Caribbean,
  • Jamaican,


  • Jerk Chicken,


  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Take-out,
  • Catering,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
61&63 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON Z3Z 3Z3
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • < $10,

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Meet the owner

You might not think that Jamaican and Italian culinary styles would combine well, but at Rasta Pasta in Toronto’s trendy Kensington Market, they do. Magnus Patterson opened the take-out joint in 2012 with his long-time friend, Mary Neglie, out of their mutual love for cooking, and you could say the results have been stunning.

“We’ve been cooking all our lives. We used to go to barbecues and do our cooking and all that, so we figured why not make some money at it?” says Magnus.

It originally started out in the food court on Augusta, but quickly became so popular, they had to move it to a larger location on Kensington Avenue. “We didn't know how it would be once we moved from the smaller place to here, but it turned out to be very busy,” says Magnus. “From 11 on, it’s busy. From 4:30, it’s a dinner rush to 7 or 8. In the morning, there are lineups at the door before we open.”

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Best jerk chicken in Toronto

Best jerk chicken in Toronto

Rasta Pasta serves a unique fusion in Toronto – Italian and Jamaican. Their jerk chicken is served as a side dish and in dumpling form. Super spicy, their house made jerk sauce is also super delicious! They also offer Portland jerk pork that is served with a side of rice, veggies or coleslaw.

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Where to grab lunch in Toronto's Kensington Market

Where to grab lunch in Toronto's Kensington Market

Don’t be fooled by the name – this place is all about the jerk chicken that’s smoked by the owner on the massive smoker out back. It’s hands-down the best jerk chicken in the city and they often run out before the day’s out. Skip everything else on the menu (although it’s all good) and order the lunch special – the best deal on the chalkboard. For $4.99 you get jerk chicken, dirty rice and your choice of coleslaw or steamed veggies. Just don’t go on Mondays (they’re closed).

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Toronto’s top Caribbean restaurants

Toronto’s top Caribbean restaurants

The food at Rasta Pasta is unique with taste and quality found on each menu item. It’s Jamaica meets Italy at this fusion restaurant located in the heart of Kensington Market. The Reggae lasagna, (layers of ricotta, mozzarella and jerk chicken cooked in rose sauce), is a fan favourite!

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