Small plates, big taste at the new Sara
Food Dudes’ eatery serves bold flavours
Sara (98 Portland St.), a sleek new sister restaurant to the Food Dudes’ popular Rasa, is reminiscent of a Stockholm speakeasy tucked away in someone’s attic.
We select a tidy nook and, once settled, are told that the dining experience is meant to push diners outside of their comfort zone. Phones are to be banished into the burrow in the centre of the custom tables. It almost works: the Caesarstone lid is so heavy, it’s a pain to remove phones. fat before being topped with Kewpie mayo, kimchi and bonito flakes. A bit of math tells us it’s $3.50 a “fry,” but these? Worth it.
The laksa, chewy egg noodles in a thick coconut curry, get a thumbsdown from Caroline. At $19 for five slurps of noodle, you want something dynamic and exciting. But the $14 snap pea and Asian pear slaw redeems: fresh, tart and salty with pucker from the umeboshi dressing. Then comes the pair of scallopstuffed squid ink dumplings, topped with hunks of king crab and drowned in hollandaise for $20. These are some of the best — and most decadent — mouthfuls either of us has enjoyed this year.