The Best Ethiopian Restaurants in Toronto
The best Ethiopian restaurants in Toronto faithfully represent the communal dining traditions of this East African nation. Expect a feast for the senses; from the vibrant assortment of wot presented over spongy injera bread to the custom of eating with your hands and feeding your friends.
Diverse flavours will range from crunchy fresh salads and saucy stews to spicy meats and, of course the whole experience is best finished off with the traditional coffee ceremony often fragranced by beans roasted table-side or with incense burned for extra impact.
Here are the best Ethiopian restaurants in Toronto.
Ethiopian and Eritrean foods are the main attraction at this restaurant on the Danforth. At breakfast, find kita firfir (thin strips of bread with kibe, berbere and cooling yogurt) and foul (buttery mashed beans), while at dinner, dig into house specialties like gomen besiga, a lamb stew with collard greens.
A dedicated fan base keeps this Ethiopian eatery in Bloorcourt Village perpetually packed. The menu offered at excellent value features stellar representations of spicy kifto and lamb tibs stew. Nothing on the menu exceeds $12, and generally that's enough food to feed at least two people.
Combo platters with sautéed beef or split peas, and beets, cabbage and collard greens are a pleasure to scoop up by hand with torn bits of injera at two locations of Lalibela. Ethiopian coffee and fresh popcorn is the customary way to conclude any big meal and should not be missed.
Ethiopian brunch options and strong coffees creamed with coconut milk are an excellent start at this coffee house on Queen East. Later in the day, you'll find a brief but satiating selection including vegetable platters topped with an array of stewed cabbage and carrot, lentil, beet, kale and split pea.
This romantic, dimly lit lounge on Bloor is a perfect date night spot where swooning couples can get their gursha on and hand-feed each other sizzling cha cha (lamb) or split pea tsebhi pinched in injera. Of course no meal would be complete without enacting the traditional coffee ceremony featuring a few rounds of strong jebena (clay-pot)-brewed coffee.
Located just a couple doors down from Nazareth on Bloor, this place picks up its neighbour's overflow but is also deserving of its own praise. Tasting platters scaled to the size of any dining party are the best bets when out for an assortment of wot, including red lentils, garlicky spinach and carrot, and turmeric-flavoured cabbage. Coffee-roasted tableside is a must!
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