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Fat Pasha sits adjacent to the railroad tracks on the northern edge of the Annex, in the former home of long-time neighbourhood staple, Indian Rice Factory. Sometimes people will wander in unaware of the business change—certain elements of the old restaurant, like its iconic back patio koi pond, have remained—but it doesn't take long to figure out that there's a new kid on the block.

“The Grateful Dead is always on,” says the restaurant's front-of-house manager Kathleen Shattock as she gestures to the mural behind her, which features a fez-clad figure with a more-than-passing resemblance to Jerry Garcia against a background of iconic Middle Eastern vignettes rendered in a puff of hookah smoke. Another mural on the building's exterior wall shows the same husky fellow parting the red sea.

The mural sums up Fat Pasha's concept: Old-school Middle Eastern cuisine with a rock-and-roll twist.

This particular fusion is personal for owner Anthony Rose, who is both Jewish and a total Deadhead. As Kathleen puts it, his vision for Fat Pasha was to blend creative Middle Eastern culinary stylings reminiscent of Israeli-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi with “Jewish grandmother food” such as latkes, lox and brisket.

As for the rock-and-roll? Well, that part just comes naturally. “We like having loud and ruckus atmospheres and having a lot of fun doing what we do,” says Kathleen.

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December 7, 2017

Excellent everything! Maybe too excellent (if you know what I mean) ! Thank you, Fat Pasha!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2017

Great place. Staff is very friendly and the food is outstanding. Roast cauliflower with halloumi is a must!!! Already planning my return trip!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2017

Great first experience at Fat Pasha. The servers were all very friendly, attentive but not overly so, and the food was fantastic. Definitely don't overstay your welcome by talking for too long after paying up though, as there were people waiting as soon as we were done. That being said, we were there for almost 2 hours so that's a reasonable seating time for 4 people. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2017

Excellent. The place is well run and the staff work well together as a team. The food is great and unique, great chef and the kitchen staff. the service is good, prompt and efficient. a great atmosphere. Well done by the management and made us feel at home.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2017

Wish there is easier way to park my car.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 29, 2017

Very good

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2017

Simply divine. Not rushed. Lovely service. We will return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2017

Great time to share with friends. Salads were wonderful-cauliflower was very good. Had the shashuka with lamb- very nicely seasoned and wonderful flavours. Reuben sandwich was yummy. Washed down with Merlot! Will go again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2017

Loved it all!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 23, 2017

Pricey for what you get. Wine is actually measured out in a 5oz cup, never seen that before.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

November 23, 2017

Loved it. This is really worth visiting

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 23, 2017

Superior service, delicious food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 20, 2017

Everything was great, service exemplary. A bit loud, but not much can be done about that. (I'm becoming a bit hard of hearing as I age, that's all.)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2017

Too crowded, the food wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. The cauliflower was great, though. The server seemed super stressed about which table we chose and then asked us several times if we were ordering more, clearly expecting us to leave right at 8:00 if we weren't. Not a relaxing place to go for a date at all. The food is mostly glorified dips.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

November 17, 2017

Food was fabulous and best ever. Waitress was excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2017

I love this restaurant! It was our son's birthday and we wanted to relax and have an amazing meal together with family. The service and staff are amazing, the chefs, which we were able to watch prepare meals were masters at their craft. We ordered the hummus (fried chicken yum) cauliflower, brussel sprouts, eggplant, latkes, chicken, lamb shwarma and ended with a lit dessert and a happy birthday, with some very fine voices from the kitchen! (and some delicious boozy cocktails) We will be back for sure!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2017

My boyfriend and I had a lovely meal at Fat Pasha. The hummus and brussel sprouts were amazing! Staff was also great. Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2017

Terrific

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 4, 2017

It lived up to the hype. It was a lovely meal & we are already looking forward to going back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 2, 2017

Excellent food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 30, 2017

Hummus and Labneh were great. Lamb Shawarma was solid but not spectacular. Latkes were below average (2 of 4 were overcooked). Recommended but stick with the hummus and dips.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

October 29, 2017

Always great service and food at Fat Pasha, you can never really go wrong!! Suggestion: Only thing to keep in mind is if you’re of the Mediterranean European style of after dinner chats and relaxing, best to reserve on the late shift and not a Saturday 😜! Great place. Always love dining here:)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

Service and atmosphere are great. But the food is disappointing; heavy and overly saucy and/or salty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

October 28, 2017

Loved every last morsel! Definitely going back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 23, 2017

Music was a bit loud

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 22, 2017

Delish!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 18, 2017

The food is unique and delicious. Wonderful flavours

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 19, 2017

Delicious food and service was very friendly. I wish it wasn’t quite so noisy as we couldn’t really hear one another very well.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 16, 2017

What an amazing place - absolutely DELICIOUS food, great portions, hearty, healthy, family comfort food served in a lovely location (little bit cold by the windows), excellent service although they were busy so perhaps could have used another server (but even despite this our server was very dedicated and attentive on a busy Sunday brunch day).

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 16, 2017

Will def be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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