What’s on the menu at Sara, Rasa’s sleek new sister restaurant from the Food Dudes
Contact: 98 Portland St., 416-985-5721, sara.restaurant, @fooddudes
Neighbourhood: King West
Owners: Adrian Niman, Brent McClenahan and Adam Minster
Chefs: Executive chef Davin Shearer (also Rasa’s executive chef) and chef de cuisine Mary Dinh
Globally inspired small plates like truffle crullers, yellowtail sashimi and an interesting twist on fries; a selection of dumplings, including stuffed chicken wings; and mains (black cod, pork belly, rib eye) cooked over a Japanese robata grill. As at Rasa, the flavours at Sara are punchy, but the execution of each dish is a bit more refined.
Interesting consignment wines, bottled craft beers and a tight list of cocktails made with all-natural and organic ingredients, like the the Haru, made with Willibald Farms gin (or Zubrowka vodka), fresh grapefruit, rosemary, house-made tonic and a grapefruit-rosemary infused honey.
The two-storey space inside a Victorian row house was designed by ODAMI, who preserved the building’s original brickwork. The main floor is outfitted with leather banquettes, and the lofty second-floor dining room has custom-designed modular dining tables, each with a hidden compartment to store cell phones, so guests can enjoy their dinner and company without distraction. The restaurant even has its own bespoke scent, created with essential oils by Toronto-based Murphy & Jo. Coming next summer: three patios.