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Jebena

berbere | Jun 10, 2008 10:33 AM

is a fairly new place at 878 Bloor St. W., just east of Ossington. i stepped in for a bite a few days ago and thought i'd report my positive experience.

the place seems to be run by a woman who was the sole cook/server and barista that day. first off, no menu in sight but when i told her that I wanted a light meal of injera w/ some sides, she delivered a good sized (not over the top) platter with very fresh injera, tomato/hot chili salad, sauteed chard/greens, and a couple of other stews made of lentil and other beans. btw, one of the stews was made with tuna - as i told her i don't eat red meat. this hit the spot completely and i did not feel heavy as i do most times when i have ethiopian. finished off with a latte which was about the best i've had in the city... all of this was served with great sincerity, care, and TLC. decor is airy, neat, not over-adorned with kitschy stuff but cool and open, (the high ceilings help) ... i understand they will soon offer the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony (apparently, the name "Jebena" refers to the coffee pot used in the traditional coffee ceremony). i'll be back to try the ceremony and report again, if another CH'er doesnt beat me to it....

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