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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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    January 14, 2019

    As always - delicious food, friendly service, REALLY loud room!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 14, 2019

    Amazing food. Lovely staff.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 13, 2019

    Excellent dining experience with incredible food and service. A+++

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 13, 2019

    Delicious, caring service and great vibe!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 13, 2019

    Never anything wrong in here. Ever. Food and service are perfect

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 7, 2019

    The food is delicious and very flavourful. The service was outstanding!!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 6, 2019

    Highly recommended! Cute descriptions on the Wine List! Amazing Food! Lovely Service!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 3, 2019

    very good!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 2, 2019

    Best meal i have ever had hands down.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 30, 2018

    The food and service are always fantastic!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 29, 2018

    We had the Salatim platter, which was perfect as a lunch for 2 people. Delicious!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 23, 2018

    Great place. Love the things you can never remove from the menu like the cauliflower, but it would be nice to see a few new additions.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 19, 2018

    Very disappointed. Was told when we arrived at 5:30 that we had to be out at 7 as the table had to be turned 3 times. News not shared in a pleasant or apologetic manner (nor on this website when I booked). Waitress completley un helpful on portion sizes - we asked if appetizer platter was too much for two. She said no problem - it was more than enough for 4-6. Same with cauliflower- attitude was “enough with questions - hurry up and order”. We had way too much overpriced food for two people. We felt time pressure through the entire 90 minutes we were permitted to stay. For a 30 Dollar cauliflower we should have been able to take our time. Food is overpriced. At 7pm sharp we were asked to leave the table with no next customer in sight. Then we stood at entrance while surly host person took his time turning his attention to us. We asked for our coats - if you are going to move us along at least you could bring our coats. Not a gracious or customer oriented person in the place. Fat Pasha has an over inflated sense of how great their restaurant is. I will not go back and recommend Bar Sybanne for delicious Mediterranean food and gracious unhurried service on Ossington.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 1/5

    December 19, 2018

    An excellent occasion, in all respects, thanks! - Richard

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    December 17, 2018

    Told 1.5h time limit when restaurant has many empty tables

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 2/5

    December 17, 2018

    By far the best restaurant in Toronto

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 14, 2018

    Music too loud for conversation. All else excellent.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 6, 2018

    loved it

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 2, 2018

    Food was fresh, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I will definitely return!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 30, 2018

    We went for my son’s 25 birthday. A great experience. Very attentive, personable and knowledgeable staff. Fun atmosphere. Excellent food. Altogether a really nice evening.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 29, 2018

    My appetizers were removed before I had a chance to finish them.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 3/5

    November 27, 2018

    I thought the food was delicious but pricey for what we got. We had the cauliflower appetizer, which was delicious and shared among 4 people, but was $27! We ordered it only because it was a signature dish and had heard so much about it from friends. Although delicious not worth that price. In general that was my opinion for all the food.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 25, 2018

    Everything was good except it was TOO NOISY

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 26, 2018

    Very warm and fun. Three generations in our party, all happy.love food. Waiter very helpful.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 23, 2018

    Amazing food, a little pricey but very good. Service good too, atmosphere was too loud hard to hear friends at the table

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 19, 2018

    Love the food - it's worth the drive from Collingwood to have my regular cauliflower fix.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 12, 2018

    Delivered on all fronts!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 11, 2018

    Our dinner was AMAZING. the food is excellent, full of delightful flavours, and a lot of it! Our service was excellent and the atmosphere was super chill and comfortable. What a true gem of a place.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 11, 2018

    Very accommodating friendly quick service. Great food. The full on view of the chef’s cooking was amazing!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 12, 2018

    Wonderful food—original and delicious! It would be great if there was something on the walls to absorb sound. Can get noisy. Server was very knowledgeable regarding food and was very helpful in selection. Would definitely go again.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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