|Vegetarian Bayaaynatu (for two) with an additional order of Gored-Gored at Ethiopian House. All the food items were served on a layer of injera.|
|Gored-Gored, pieces of beef mixed with awaze (a form of chili paste) and berbere (a pepper-spice powder). (Photo courtesy of www.boneats.ca.)|
|From top to bottom should be Kik Wot (split pea stew in berbere sauce), Misir Alicha (split lentil stew in a thick mild sauce) and Misir Wot (lentil stew in berbere sauce). (Photo courtesy of www.boneats.ca.)|
Unfortunately we correctly deduced upon ordering our meal that we didn't have enough of an appetite to end our dinner with the coffee ceremony (we had to order it at least 30 minutes in advance), but some other tables ordered it and there was a pleasant aroma of popcorn, frankincense and strong coffee. (In case you didn't already know, Ethiopia is the country of origin for coffee.) My sister had the opportunity to enjoy the coffee ceremony the last time she ate here, and she appreciated the flavour of the coffee served. In spite of skipping the coffee, I found dinner at this restaurant a pleasant and satisfying experience.
Prices are reasonable, and the Vegetarian Bayaaynatu is enjoyable for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Ethiopian House is a small joint (the tables are a bit tighter together than one would find in most restaurants), so reservations are recommended.
Name: Ethiopian House
Address: 4 Irwin Ave., Toronto, ON
Price Range: $12-$45