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Posted July 5, 2011 by samuek in Uncategorized

Ethiopia House Refused To Give Me Forks or Spoons

…and I loved it.  What good food here and you get to eat with your hands.  Ethiopian food is diverse, extremely satisfying and good for you.  Food is usually served family style with one large dish shared amongst the group.

               Ethiopia House
Return Factor – Definitely Return
Location4 Irwin Ave
Toronto, ON off of Yonge St

Atmosphere – Casual
Price – $15 a person – go at lunch

Food is served with Injera, which is a large sourdough flatbread.  It is like a spongy roti with little to no flavour.  It is however a perfect vessel for scooping up food and its sauces.

See the spongy pockets of goodness that suck up all the flavours of the sauces?  See them?  They are awesome.

This is how the food comes out with the plate resting just under the lid.

Two Ethiopian beers that were surprisingly good.  The stout was not really a stout I think but more of a Dark Ale and I loved it.  It is called Hakim Stout but I will have to ask Hakim what it really is if I am ever in Ethiopia.

The perfect meal.  Ok so we have bevy of delights here.  On your left is yellow chickpeas and red lentils in 2 different sauces.  They reminded me of eating Dhal with roti.  On the bottom is Tikil Gomon (carrot and Cabbage), Atakelt Wot (String Beans and Potatoes) and collard greens.  The vegetables were perfectly cooked and spiced right.  Middle right is Kifto Beef ceviche and top right is Kibs (marinated beef done medium).  The Kifto was like a fine grind ground beef but packed with flavours of tomato and chilie.  The Tibs were tender and might as well of been stewed it had so much flavour.  

They also add a simple salad in the middle and cottage cheese.  You take the injera, pick up the meat, then the cottage cheese, dip it in the pepper spice mix and enjoy.  The cottage cheese was similar to unsalted feta and very dry. 

 The interior of the restaurant has a strong incense smell and a colorful decor.  We ate on the patio cause it was shaded and beautiful outside.

After we finished our meal the group beside us also finished their meal and the server brought out a pan called a that had been roasting beans for Ethiopian coffee.  She waved the smoking pot around the table for all to smell.  This is a tradition to allow the patrons to sample the coffee scent and the coffee ceremony is worth it.  The smell was intoxicating and I had to try it.  It was $13 for 1 to 6 people and takes at least 30 minutes to make, so order it before your meal.  I asked the group beside us if we could join their coffee order and share the cost.  Of course they agreed, we are in Toronto.

The beans roasting in their pan

So, on the spot roasted coffee served in a Jebna or clay pot.  Really cool stuff and so aromatic.  Coffee is served with snacks and in this case popcorn.  I think the snacks are to support the conversation while you enjoy your coffee.  There is also incense burnt while you drink.

Coffee is served plain, with sugar or clarified butter.  I tried all 3 and prefer it plain.  The butter I just don’t get and the sugar actually made the coffee bitter.  The coffee was very strong, aromatic,

Coffee with clarified butter
Coffee plain just as I like it.

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