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Juli Norris opens Kasa Taphouse, the primary of her two new eating places in Spokane’s Papillon Constructing | Meals Information | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander

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Juli Norris opens Kasa Taphouse, the first of her two new restaurants in Spokane's Papillon Building

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Kasa Taphouse brings house the flavour with fusion dishes.

youhe new Kasa Restaurant and Taphouse is a mirrored image of what is essential to chef-owner Juli Norris, from the eatery’s identify and graphics to its menu and distinctive customer support interface.

Kasa, for instance, is a play on Homethe Spanish phrase for house, however with a “okay” that additionally figures into the restaurant’s emblem.

“For those who look intently,” says Norris, who opened Kasa on the bottom flooring of Spokane’s Papillon Constructing in December, the emblem is “a bit home with a ‘Okay’ that goes up excessive” of it.

The signage for Kasa contains the phrase “Spo” in it, brief for Spokane, and is supposed to learn “Spokasa,” Norris says, “as a result of Spokane is house.”

And the letters KASA are the primary initials of her 4 kids’s names, says Norris, “in order that was one other tie-in, like house would not simply imply Spokane to me,” she provides. “It additionally means household.”

Kasa’s menu is a mix of household and private favourites. Norris’ household’s favourite meal is the braised brief rib within the Bomb Me sandwich ($17), a play on Vietnamese bánh mì. Kasa’s model contains pickled carrot, and a radish and cabbage slaw.

The menu additionally displays Spokane’s numerous group, says Norris, who describes the menu as “taste fusion.”

For instance, like all of Kasa’s sandwiches, the Bomb Me is served on selfmade bread, which is someplace between an Italian-style flatbread and Indian naan bread. Kasa’s Double Soiled Fries ($14) characteristic Latin American-inspired adobo pulled pork, a roasted corn and bean salsa and cotija cheese, but in addition a cheese sauce utilizing beer from native Paramour Brewing. Basmati rice, sometimes related to Indian and Pakistani delicacies, is the inspiration for all of the rice bowls ($13-$17). The pork stomach curry bowl ($15) has an Indian-style tomato and citrus chutney, whereas the crimson Thai curry bowl ($15) contains grilled rooster and a spicy peanut sauce.

“It is type of like saying, you realize, all of us are on this collectively, all of us can name this place—Spokane—that now we have ‘house,'” Norris explains. and [at Kasa] We will spotlight one of the best taste combos, combining all of these great taste profiles to create one thing that is type of new, however that celebrates all people.”

Additionally search for hummus ($13) and Mo Rockin’ Veggie ($13), a Moroccan-style carrot and chickpea stew over basmati rice (add $2 to substitute white cheddar fries).

The acquainted mixture of crunchy rooster and orange glaze you’d discover in Chinese language eating places seems in each the Sticky Orange Crispy Rooster bowl ($16) and rooster tenders Norris calls Not Rooster Wings ($15).

The wings may also be ordered with Kasa’s proprietary spice mix, which initially resembled Indian tikka masala, Norris says. She saved tinkering with it, lastly incorporating Jamaican jerk seasoning and different Caribbean spices.

“I feel individuals do not realize how nicely all of these flavors go collectively after they’re balanced appropriately,” Norris says.

okayasa’s front-of-house format is one other type of mix: quick informal eating and upscale pub.

“You possibly can order on the counter, however then you may as well order straight at your desk,” says Norris, including that it “doesn’t suggest we’re not going to concentrate to our tables.”

The twin-format ordering system is extra customer-driven, she says, minimizing wait instances, for instance, for the oldsters who wish to seize a fast drink earlier than an occasion at close by Spokane Enviornment.

That beverage listing has a bit one thing for everybody, with a rotating number of largely Spokane-area beers on 16 faucets, like YaYa Brewing Firm’s blueberry peach bitter ($7) and Lumberbeard Brewing’s Märzen ($7). Kasa additionally carries two wines on faucet ($8), at present Townshend Cellar’s chardonnay and malbec.

“We will be handpicking the barrel of wine that we use on our crimson wine faucet,” Norris explains. “And so mainly, we’re gonna go style the barrel, after which that’ll be the one which we’ll have on faucet till it runs out.”

Kasa additionally gives cocktails, like their tackle the traditional quaint, known as the Wrecking Ball Ol’ Trend ($10).

“To not be cliché, but it surely’s the bomb,” quips Norris, who co-owned Downriver Grill in Spokane’s Audubon neighborhood till 2019. Earlier than that, she ran her personal catering firm, Merely Connoisseur, began when she was contemporary from culinary college in 2006.

Merely Connoisseur is the place Norris met Robert Estrada, one in all two cooks getting Kasa off the bottom and equipped for a further enterprise in the identical constructing as Kasa, however on its decrease degree.

When Lorèn, a French-inspired speakeasy opens in late spring, Tyler Gardner will transition from Kasa, leaving Estrada to run the upstairs spot, Norris says.

Along with engaged on Lorèn, Norris and the kitchen workforce are fine-tuning menu objects they anticipate will probably be perfect for hotter climate, benefiting from Kasa’s location adjoining to Riverfront Park’s northwest entrance.

“We’re doing a enjoyable play on an ice cream sandwich the place now we have a browned butter coconut cookie on the backside after which vanilla ice cream within the center after which a double chocolate brownie on the opposite facet,” says Norris of the Brookie ( $10), one in all a number of rotating desserts.

“And we’re gonna serve them now so we will get actually good at it,” she says. ♦

Kasa Restaurant and Taphouse • 908 N. Howard St. • Open Mon-Sat 11 am-9 pm •


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