Sarasota vegan restaurant Ka Papa Cuisine opens

A new all-vegan restaurant has opened in Sarasota, offering plant-based versions of dishes like crab cakes, escargots and ravioli in an “upscale casual” setting.

Ka Papa Cuisine is now open in the Southside Village neighborhood at 1830 S. Osprey Ave., the former location of Pazzo Southside, which has since moved to another space on Hillview Street. The new restaurant is owned by Kim Fraederich along with her mother, Bella.

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“All the ingredients we source, we make sure that they really are vegan and healthy, and that is our main focus,” Fraederich said. “But we don’t want to do just an iceberg salad. We want to make delicious food. We just do not use any animal products at all.”

Ka Papa Cuisine crafts a variety of plant-based versions of fine dining favorites such as smoked watermelon "tartare," pictured here.

The restaurant also prefers not to use more processed vegan foods, such as the popular Beyond Meat. Many menu items use mushrooms, such as “crab” cakes made with lion’s mane or shiitake “escargots,” with the restaurant working with the Palmetto mushroom farm Petrichor.

Other initial menu offerings include a saffron risotto-stuffed tomato, miso-glazed eggplant and almond ricotta-spinach ravioli. It also features a variety of small plates, soups, salads and desserts, including housemade sorbet.

The restaurant has a beer and wine license and serves a selection of both, including a few beers on draft. It also offers a variety of mocktails, working with the company Ritual Zero Proof, among other non-alcoholic drink options like hibiscus lemonade, kombucha, coffee and tea.

Ka Papa Cuisine offers a selection of beer and wine, as well as non-alcoholic mocktails such as the Lemon Squeeze, pictured here.

Currently open for dinner only, the restaurant will hold a Mother Day’s brunch and plans to continue offering Sunday brunch from then on, with hopes of adding lunch hours in the future too, Fraederich said. It offers seating both indoors and outdoors in a courtyard-style backdrop, as well as a breezeway.

Ka Papa Cuisine is currently open 5-9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, though hours may change. For more information, call 941-600-8590 or visit kapapacuisine.com.