Posts Tagged With: Ethiopian

Nazareth Restaurant

My university friends and I went to eat at Nazareth for Ethiopian food after walking around Bloor St. W on the last Sunday of the year. Nazareth Restaurant is quite dark, small and cozy. There aren’t alot of tables there so get there early to avoid the line! A word of warning, the washrooms are in the basement, down a flight of stairs, and the ceiling is not for anybody taller than 5’5 or 165cm. We had the vegetarian platter ($10) and the tibs ($12). We were each given a plate of injera bread. Injera is like roti/chapatti, dosa, paratha, and/or naan in that they are all flatbreads however injera is more sponge-like and is much softer and not as course as Indian flatbread. It is also not as crunchy as Indian flatbread. The way you eat Ethiopean food is similar to the way you would eat Indian food. There are no utensils so you would first wash your hands. You then rip the large piece of injera into a small piece and use that to pick up the food and you would eat it.  You’re given a pitcher of water as well.

top: vegetarian platter bottom: tibs

top: vegetarian platter
bottom: tibs

The vegetarian platter and tibs were served on the same plate and on top of a large piece of injera. My friends both enjoyed it however one of my friends found the tibs slightly too spicy for her. I found the dishes to be perfectly delicious and not too spicy. The vegetarian platter is basically a combination of a variety of vegetable dishes eaten in Ethiopia. The vegetarian platter includes feta cheese, salad, collard greens, amongst other Ethiopian vegetarian dishes. Tibs is pieces of beef sauteed in seasoned butter, onions and peppers.

piece of injera

piece of injera

Overall, if you’re close to Koreatown, Little Italy, Bloordale or Dufferin Grove and craving good, cheap Ethiopian food then Nazareth Restaurant is the place to go to.

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Ethiopian House

My friend from Singapore and I wanted to try a different cuisine that wasn’t Asian or Western. This restaurant was recommended to me by my friend’s friend. It’s a charming restaurant and the servers were very friendly and welcoming. We had the Ethiopian coffee (~$20), Bayaaynatu ($14.95) and Vegetarian Bayaaynatu ($13.95).

Vegetarian Bayaaynatu comprises of Misir Wot, Sherro Wot, Tikil Goman, Goman Wot, Yekik Alicha, Kik Wot,  Misir Alicha, and Atakelt Wot. Misir Wot is lentil stew in berbere sauce. Berbere is a  dry pepper powder. Sherro Wot is highly-seasoned chick peas in berbere sauce. Tikil Goman is cabbage, carrots, and potatoes that is cooked in turmeric sauce. Goman Wot is kale or collard greens in mild sauce. Yekik Alicha is yellow split peas in mild turmeric sauce. Kik Wot is split peas stew in berbere sauce. Misir Alicha is split lentil stew in thick mild sauce with seasoning. Atakelt Wot is string beans, carrots, and potatoes that is cooked in tomato sauce.

Bayaaynatu comprises of Tibs, Kitfo Special, Goman and aib. Tibs is pan fried beef sauteed with onions, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes and awaze with injera. Awaze is a paste made from small hot red peppers, cardamon, and cloves or afrinji made from red pepper. Injera is a type of flatbread. Kitfo Special is steak tarter sautéed with warm keebe and a dash of hot pepper sauce. Keebe is Ethiopian butter which is clarified. During the process, chopped ginger, garlic and onions are added along with other spices, including fenugreek, white cumin, basil, cardamon, oregano and turmeric. Goman is collard greens. Aib is cottage cheese.

Vegetarian B

Vegetarian Bayaaynatu and Bayaaynatu

Our server combined Vegetarian Bayaaynatu and Bayaaynatu onto one large serving platter with injera just on top of the platter, as you can see with the above picture. We also had a side dish of injera. Injera is like roti/chapatti, dosa, paratha, and/or naan in that they are all flatbreads however injera is more sponge-like and is much softer and not as course as Indian flatbread. It is also not as crunchy as Indian flatbread. The way you eat Ethiopean food is similar to the way you would eat Indian food. There are no utensils so you would first wash and/or sanitize your hands. You would rip a piece of injera into a small piece and use that to pick up the sauce/food and you would eat it. My friend and I both enjoyed the Vegetarian Bayaaynatu and Bayaaynatu. My friend found it quite similar to Indian food. It’s definitely not as spicy as Indian food. I found it to be a mixture of Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine with its own unique flair and taste.

Injera

Injera

Ethiopean coffee was an interesting experience. It’s made in front of you and it smells quite nice. We only had one cup of Ethiopian coffee each. It comes with a large bowl of unbuttered popcorn. I would have like to have more than a small cup of coffee however it is quite strong.

Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee

Overall, if you haven’t had Ethiopian cuisine before, this restaurant is a good introduction.

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Where to eat in Toronto/GTA

Here’s a list of restaurants I love going to in Toronto (Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Markham/Richmond Hill).

Chinese Restaurants

-Asian Legend

-Congee Wong

-Congee Queen

-Congee Time

-Phoenix Restaurant

-Diamond Banquet Hall

-Sun Star Chinese Cuisine

-Da Ya Li

-Federick Restaurant

-Sam BBQ Restaurant

-Made in China

-Keung’s Delight

-Kenny’s Delight

-Kiko

 

Korean Restaurants

-Oh Geul Boh Geul

-Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu

-Owl of Minerva

-Korean Grill House

-Hodo Kwaja

-Tofu Village

-Jeon Ju Hyang Korean BBQ Restaurant

-Chako

-Lim Ga Ne

-Huh Ga Ne

 

Japanese Restaurants

-Ten-Ichi Japanese Cuisine

-Sapporo Sushi

-Gal’s Sushi

-Manpuku

-Kenzo Ramen

-Don Don Izakaya

-Sushi Legend (all you can eat restaurant at Finch-Leslie Plaza)

-Spring Sushi (a la carte and all you can eat restaurant at Yonge-Dundas Square)

-Tatami Sushi (all you can eat restaurant at Eglington Town Center)

 

Thai Viet Restaurants

-Pho 88

-Linda Modern Thai

-Khao San Road Restaurant

-Thai Fusion

-Spring Roll

-Golden Elephant

-Bahn Mi Boyz

-Salad King

 

Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean

-Restoran Malaysia

-Gourmet Malaysia

-Lion City Restaurant

-one2snacks

 

Indian

-Nilgris

 

Middle Eastern 

-Armenian Kitchen

-Banu

-Jerusalem Restaurant (all you can eat and take-out restaurant)

Greek 

-Arkadia House

 

Ethiopian

-Ethiopian House

-Nazareth Restaurant

 

Dessert Places

-Caffe Demetre

-Pixel 8

-Summer’s Ice Cream

-Cafe Bene

-Chatime

 

High Tea

-Ruelo Patisserie

Windsor Arms

 

 

Western

-The Grilled Cheese

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