The Spend A Lot list is Joanne’s sky’s-the-limit guide to dining in the big city.

#50 Rasa


Fun food Annex style: Means multi-culti and super-cool dark woodsy room. They still greet you with mini-muffins and yummy onion butter, and the cooking is ever more assured, big flavours and exciting ideas. Bangkok Bowl is fab — super-crisp deep-fried squid with barely charred tuna and delightful mango jicama slaw punctuated with smoked peanuts. We adore the charred Brussels sprouts with sweet/sour/spicy Scotch bonnet vinaigrette and rich cheese sauce, topped with crunchy slivers of deep fried onion. And oh the sexy splendor of rare strip steak with pickled shrimps for sour, jalapeño for heat, chicken skin for crisp, schmaltz for smooth and fish sauce mayo for salty. The sinful pleasure of sauted pork belly made complex with five-spice, spicy with gingered carrot puree, exotic with charred scallions and bok choy, sophisticate with puffed rice on black sesame puree.

  • Rasa
  • 196 Robert St., Toronto (map)
  • 647-350-8221

  • Chef: Adrian Niman
  • Sous Chef: Davin Shearer
  • Cuisine: International,Canadian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $85
  • Hours: Mon. to Sat. 5:30 p.m. to late; Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Corkage fee:
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Private patio
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking
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