Growing up in Egypt, Rafik Abohattab spent much of his time helping his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. He developed a fervent passion for cooking and pursued that interest with his first job— running a food cart in Cairo at just 17 years old.
Eleven years ago, he moved from Egypt to the states, with aspirations of living out the American Dream, working in several kitchens to hone his culinary skills. He has since laid roots in New Orleans with his family, and is now ready to teach the city about Egyptian cuisine with his new concept, Torshi, at the original St. Roch Market in New Orleans. Torshi, the Arabic word for pickles, will introduce Egyptian cuisine to the city, with a menu inspired Abohattab’s family recipes and techniques from his native country.
Diners will enjoy dishes common to Mediterranean cuisine, such as Koshari, a hearty dish with rice, lentils, pasta, and chickpeas in a tomato sauce, and others that incorporate the culture of New Orleans, like the Falafel Po’ boy, dressed with tahini sauce. Other highlights are the Rosemary Lamb Shank, Shakshuka, and the selection of fresh salads including Tabouli and Fatoush. The menu is rounded out with sharable dip trays with options of Hummus, Labneah, Baba Ghanouj, and Muhammara, a hot pepper dip, and house made Egyptian teas, including the Hibiscus Rose Tea.