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Make a Trip to Queen West’s Rickshaw Bar

MODERN PAN-ASIAN FLAVOURS ABOUND AT GLOBETROTTING RICKSHAW BAR 

Rickshaw Bar Toronto

Rickshaw Bar (photo: Craig Moy)

Frankly, we’re surprised Toronto hasn’t been home to a Rickshaw Bar until now. The name is evocative of both travel and the bustle of urban streets—a perfect combination for this cosmopolitan city, whose residents are forever seeking authentic fare from abroad. Chef-owner Noureen Feerasta’s slim Queen West space delivers this in spades. Casual, and a little rough around the edges, the restaurant traffics in refined, small-plate versions of dishes from across South and Southeast Asia. Paratha flatbread tacos, for example, enfold vegetable fritters and cabbage slaw for an Indian-influenced snack, and braised beef khao shay adds Thai fare to the mix. The chef’s Ismaili beef curry—made from scratch with more than two-dozen ingredients—is another contemporary offering that brings more than a little tradition to the table: it’s based on a recipe by chef Feerasta’s great grandmother.  —Craig Moy

• Rickshaw Bar, 685 Queen St. W., 647-352-1227; rickshawbar.com
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