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Review -- Lalibela, Danforth

Pincus | Sep 27, 200906:39 AM

Decided to try this place out since I had a nearby appointment and an hour to wait, and it was around dinner.

Place was empty when I entered. Very nice furnishings, colorful and bright interior with a strong African-inspired presence.

Quick and attentive service from the one server there, which was to continue through the meal. I really enjoyed her skills.

Got the vegetarian combo (sorry meat lovers, this is all I ever order in Ethiopian restaurants). I ordered the "hot" version which was listed at $2 more on the menu ($12 instead of $10).

It came with the standard set pieces for this kind of dish (two kinds of lentils, salad, cabbage, what seemed like chopped kale, and a piece of injera on the side). And on top of it all, a raw cubanelle pepper stuffed with a red onion and tomato mixture.

I started eating and nothing was really spicy. I picked up the cubanelle and took a bite out of it. It had a very gentle heat. "This is what I paid $2 for?" I asked myself.

However, the seasoning of everything was bang on, and the salad actually wasn't all iceberg lettuce, it had some red lettuce leaves as well, which I appreciated since I hate iceberg lettuce. The server offered me another injera without me asking, which was very nice. Coffee afterwards was delicious, strong and savoury without being bitter.

Then the bill came and I wound up getting charged $10 for the platter.

Don't think I'll order the spicy version of the platter next time, but I will be returning. It looks like Meskerem (my other favourite in the area) has closed down, I will have to go and confirm, but this is a very worthy replacement.

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