Ethiopiques Restaurant Review – Michelle L. Erstikaitis

March 9, 2013

Chandeliers. Tea candles. Bamboo sticks on the wall… Incense with coffee. The Ethiopiques restaurant owned by Enat Gulelat is by far the most foreign and exotic dining experience that I have had in Toronto thus far. The restaurant is dimly lit, and quite romantic. There are at least sixteen different wines on the menu, including Merlot, Shiraz, and a perfect Chardonnay, all on display in the wine cabinet which sits in the centre of the restaurant. Light music plays in the background, softening the surroundings into a cozy, lighthearted realm. I began with the Arugula salad, which had a divine blue cheese. Then as an appetizer, I had the Sambusa, which was crisp and delicious. The Sambusa sauce was made out of seasoned chili powder, fresh lemon juice and oil, and was quite exquisite and clearly meant for those who enjoy being able to taste their food. The main course was a meat and veggie platter with some twelve different portions of such tasty dishes as Yemisir Wat (lentil stew) and Goman (collard greens) and Fasolia (green string beans) and of course Doro Wat (chicken stew) which is the national favorite dish of Ethiopia. Dining at Ethiopiques is also an educational experience, as was immediately apparent when I ordered the coffee. According to the coffee menu, coffee was discovered by Ethiopians in the 6th century, and Ethiopians take their coffee very seriously. This would explain why there was such pomp and circumstance surrounding the serving of coffee at Ethiopiques, and the coffee making process is a lengthy one, so the restaurant prefers customers to order coffee at the start of their meal, even if they intend to drink the coffee at the conclusion of the meal. The coffee beans are freshly roasted and ground, and the coffee is served in a traditional clay carafe, poured into espresso cups, and brought to the customer on a serving tray with an incense burner that burns Frankincense while you enjoy your coffee. You would think that the price for such exceptional service would be high, but in fact the prices are more than reasonable and easily affordable on virtually any income. Ethiopiques was opened just two years ago by owner Enat Gulelat, who spent ten years working in another restaurant before opening this quaint little piece of Ethiopia in Toronto. Ethiopiques is located conveniently downtown at 227 Church Street, on Dundas. The restaurant is definitely romantic, but the soothing atmosphere and the genuine Ethiopian experience makes this restaurant ideal for nearly everyone , including family and friends and even those dining alone. If you are looking for a reasonably priced unique dining experience, then this restaurant is for you. To call for a reservation: (416)-363-0884


One Response to “Ethiopiques Restaurant Review – Michelle L. Erstikaitis”

  1. antuerius Says:

    Sometimes we have Ethiopian black people at the foodbank. They are; surly, dangerous and sneaky. One of them stole my hat. I don’t think there is such a thing as Ethiopian food, most of the ingredients described are Western and European. Ethiopians should have Ethiopian restaurants in Ethiopia, even if they have to import their Western ingredients. It would save them pretending their foreign-national status is anything but a globalist ploy to poison Euro-ethnic national trust. Ethiopia is for Ethiopians, and so is Ethiopian food — if there is such a thing.

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