Rafik Abohattab doesn’t serve “Middle Eastern” food at Torshi, his new restaurant on Frenchmen Street. In fact, he avoids even saying what he considers a colonial insult to the Arab world. “Middle East of where?” says the Cairo-born restaurateur. “Of England, that’s where — which shouldn’t matter to anybody anymore.”
Abohattab is passionate about his home country’s cuisine. The 36-year-old entrepreneur has lived in New Orleans for 12 years and, in fact, used to wash dishes at Mona’s on Frenchmen Street, where he opened his restaurant in early April.
“Now I have keys to the restaurant,” he says. “That’s the