Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory street-side fare with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of eclectic, internationally inspired café fare and drinks at Ramsi's Cafe on the World on Bardstown Road.
With a variety of dishes easily adaptable for herbivores, Ramsi’s menu offers worldly patrons a diverse selection of scrumptious café fare inspired by multifarious global cuisines. Start off the eating adventure with tuna tartare—marinated yellowfin tuna shaken up with red onions, peppers, avocado, and cilantro, accompanied by fried wontons and wasabi sour cream ($9.50). Carnivores and vegans alike can treat their taste buds to a Caribbean staycation with Jamaican jerk chicken ($8.99) or seitan or tofu sandwiches ($8.40 each). Other dishes fuse international cuisines with more reckless abandon than a model U.N.; the curried chicken and shrimp paella sees the Spanish national dish festooned with Asian-infused sauce ($13.75), and the barbecue tempura salmon brochette treats a Japanese-style fry-up with mango barbecue sauce ($12.79). Finalize a food feud with a dessert of Middle Eastern medjool dates baked with goat cheese ($6.90), or plantains, whose fried ripeness is sweetened by maple syrup and ginger whipped cream ($3.50).
Ramsi’s Cafe on the World fills its hallowed halls with a staff of dedicated servers and cooks, as well as a curiosity shop's worth of accoutrements from around the globe, including an ebony bust of Lawrence of Arabia, a puppet from Thailand, and a ceremonial Cameroonian mask believed to ward off the ghost of Carmen Sandiego. Ramsi’s serves brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and stocks a full bar of beer, wine, and liquor to help visitors train for an all-nations pub-crawl.
- If ever the United Nations meets in Louisville, Ramsi's can cater the event without missing a beat. No matter how large or picky the party, nearly everybody, including vegetarians and vegans, can find something to eat. And no matter how large the appetite, Ramsi's penchant for oversized portions should satisfy. – Marty Rosen, Courier-Journal
- Perfect for every occasion and there is something here for everyone. Good price. – Kate C, Citysearch
Ramsi’s Café on the World
At Ramsi’s Café on the World, the Kamar family may fill its menu with dishes from around the globe, but many of its ingredients come from their own farm. The USDA-certified organic farm yields eggs, chicken, and produce, lovingly spoken into existence by the Jolly Green Giant to populate the restaurant’s dishes. Moroccan lamb chops with pumpkin-mint sauce, korean bulgogi, egyptian kusheri with lentils, and harissa are all equally at home on the diverse menu, nearly half of which is composed of vegetarian and vegan recipes. To complement meals, a selection of more than 70 bourbons populates the bar—making Ramsi’s a member of the city's Urban Bourbon Trail. Staffers also pour beer and wine or shake craft cocktails such as the Kentucky Shaman, a mix of ginger, honey, bourbon, and peppermint. As patrons dine and sip among ornate sculptures from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, pianist Pete Peterson cultivates a laid-back atmosphere with tinkling jazz numbers.
1293 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40204Get Directions