I happened to be in the third ward for a meeting last week, and had a chance to stop in to fellow Local First member Kasana for lunch. I was excited to see the new space, located on Broadway directly below Shoo, and to try their new menu!
Although there are tables outside on the sidewalk (bless this Milwaukee summer!) I decided to try out the dining room. The decor was really nice – peaceful and calming in the middle of a very busy part of town. Linen napkins and tablecloths, nice art on the walls, and an extensive menu, which I was eager to peruse! I love that right away I can see many options which are noted Vegetarian, Vegan, or Gluten Free, which means I can bring my picky-eater friends here!
I decided to order a few smaller plates (so I thought!) Upon my server’s recommendation, I started with the Palmitos salad which was listed in the “Tapas Served Cold” portion of the menu. Wow, was this a salad. The menu description says “Hearts of palm with green apples, walnuts, and golf dressing.” Don’t be underwhelmed by it – the actual salad was out of this world: it was flavorful, had contrasting textures of creamy and crunchy, and it was fresh, fresh, fresh.
Next I decided to try a selection off of the “Tapas Served Warm” portion of the menu called “Pao de Queljo” which was described as “Manchengo cheese bread with blueberries and champagne sauce.” I like the presentation of this dish, and although it might look small, it would be enough to share and get a good taste. In my world, these are cheese balls, and man, were they good. Crunchy and served hot, the blueberry sauce was the perfect compliment.
Now although I was full at this point, I’d already put in an order for the Kasana Flat Bread, described as “homemade pizza dough with prosciutto, white cheese sauce, goat cheese, and fresh mangos.” If you know me, you know they had me at prosciutto. The flatbread that this was built on was a little thick for my taste, but I could tell it was fresh and home made. The toppings were brilliant, as there is a special place in my heart for the perfect salty-sweet cheese and fruit on a pizza combo.
There are so many other good things on the menu, I could have stayed all afternoon to stuff my face – and then maybe have a hookah with flavors like mint, fruit, and citrus crafted by the chef! Oh, and did I mention that they offer endless mimosas every day during lunch for $15?
The other cool thing about Kasana is that it’s more than a restaurant. It’s a food incubator. Their collective kitchen offers independent local business owners to create their food products in a certified kitchen side by side with other businesses and Kasana chefs. I believe you can also book the kitchen for group cooking demonstrations and special events. There is also a nice open event space on the other side of the building, which would be great for a wedding or party.
I love it when great new restaurants open in town, and want to do everything I can to help them succeed. I give Kasana a Tall Guy thumbs up, and encourage you to check it out should you be in the third ward!