Toronto is a city best known for being ethnically diverse and Chef Adrian Niman does an amazing job representing this with his beautifully infused dishes at Rasa. Not only is he a genius when it comes to creating intricate recipes, but he is also the executive Chef for Food Dudes and has a hand in the restaurant OMAW (Amazing short ribs!).
I was honoured to meet Chef Niman and learn a little more about this very unique spot on Robert street. “Tabula rasa is a Latin phrase often translated as blank slate”. He has captured the essence of what it means to be a Torontonian.
Every dish is inspired by many different places around the globe. I had a taste of Middle Eastern, Italian, Brazilian, American and European all in one meal.
We started off with these delicious little cheese buns made with tapioca and asiago flour with a sundried tomato aioli. This is a common puff pastry served in Brazil.
Tapas style dining is definitely the best way to try everything the restaurant has to offer. Sharing is caring ! We had the Spiducci which is a Middle Eastern style skewer of lamb tenderloin, halloumi, labneh, pomegranate and pine nut gremolata. Very soft and flavourful!
Next we had an Italian style dish called Truffle Gundi, I would describe this as mushroom galore with pan fried dumplings, which had an amazing consistency on the inside.
The burger is a must have! It has a mix of ground steak and beef cheek, provolone chesse, gochujang sauce and beansprout kimchi. One of the best burgers I have had in Toronto!
The perfect way to end this meal was definitely with a sticky bun. The guey, soft cinnabon is covered in walnut praline and a side of cream cheese.
A few tips when going to Rasa: it is hard to get a reservations at this restaurant, but the patio is first come first serve. I sat half of the time at the chefs bar, where you can watch all the food being prepared and the other half at the patio, to enjoy the beautiful weather. Everything is made with precision and care, so ensure to go with time because the food can take a while to come out. All the staff are very friendly and well versed on the menu, they will ensure your experience is pristine.
Check out Rasa this weekend and let me know what you think below in the comments!
Mon – Sat | 5:30PM – 11:00 PM (Kitchen Close) Sunday | 11:00AM – 3:00PM (Kitchen Close)
196 Robert Street | Toronto | M5S 2K8
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