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Ethiopian on the Danforth

julesrules | Apr 19, 2005 10:12 AM

A place worth checking out if you like Ethiopian and are in the area is Paradise Ethiopian. We arrived Friday night after 9:30 and found most others were quietly having drinks, but our food arrived within 10 minutes of ordering - clearly not made to order, but much faster service than I've come to expect from Ethiopian restaurants. The price is right as well, the vegetarian special comes with 4 dishes (two lentil, cabbage & carrot, and collards or kale - I get these mixed up), for $7.95. Meat dishes were Doro Wat (chicken & boiled egg), 2-3 lamb choices, and 2 raw beef items (we didn't try these). The spicing was not super-hot, more of a slow building burn. The communal injeras also came with a really nice green salad and some feta-type cheese. Plenty of extra injera. Service was excellent, and after our dinner a man came out and offered us the coffee ceremony - on the house! Complete with the waitress coming out to show us the roasting beans, incense (?) lumps burning at our table, and popcorn, which went surprisingly well with the coffee. This was a new experience for us and we really enjoyed it.
They also serve breakfast - foule, and a spicy egg dish which sounds intriguing.
I'm no expert on Ethiopian, and I wouldn't suggest that someone make a special trip to try this place, but if you live in the area it is worthwhile and we will certainly be going back. If you have never had Ethiopian I think this is a good introduction, my husband was a newbie and he loved it.

950 Danforth Ave
(416) 416-406-6342

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