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
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
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.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Downtown Toronto, Ethiopian, Food, Restaurant Review
Tags: Beef, Beef Tibs, Bloor, Bloor St W, collard greens, Ethiopian, Ethiopian cuisine, Ethiopian food, feta cheese, injera, Nazareth, Nazareth restaurant, salad, Tibs, Vegetarian, Vegetarian platter
My friend and I decided to try Greek cuisine for lunch on my birthday. The decor is nice and quite rustic. Once we ordered, we were given pickles, olives and garlic bread. The garlic bread was delicious.
House Pickles and Olives
House Garlic Bread
We decided to share the Saganaki ($10.95) and Spanakotiropita ($6.95). Saganaki is flambeed wedge of delicately floured cheese. It’s delectable. Spanakotiropita is a phyllo pastry stuffed with feta cheese, spinach and herbs. It’s scrumptious. I love the combination of feta cheese and spinach.
There was flambee and now it’s gone
I got the Mousaka ($11.95). Mousaka has pan fried eggplant, potatoes and ground beef and it’s topped with bechamel sauce. It also comes with salad, rice and vegetables. It was appetizing. I couldn’t finish it so I was able to have leftovers for the next day’s dinner. My friend ordered the Gyro in a pita ($9.95). Gyro in a pita comes with fries however my friend changed it to a salad instead so that it’s a healthier dish.
My friend insisted that we get dessert because a birthday celebration isn’t complete without cake or pastry. We decided to get Galaktoboureko. Galaktoboureko is a phyllo pastry filled with custard. It’s very sweet and tasty. The cinnamon adds a nice dimension to the flavour.
Overall, if you want Greek cuisine in Toronto, this is a good restaurant to go to.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Greek, Restaurant Review, Scarborough
Tags: appetizers, dinner, Feta, feta cheese, Galaktoboureko, garlic bread, Greek, Greek cuisine, Gyro, lunch, Moussaka, olives, pickles, Saganaki, salad, seafood, Spanakotiropita, take out, Toronto