Ethiopian House – it has been on my “To-Try list” forever. I think the first time I heard about this restaurant was from JK – when we worked together, sitting face to face. The good old days… It’s hard to find a co-worker whom you know you can rely on when needed. Finally, I tried this restaurant on the New Year’s Eve. I’d say it was a great experience.
What we ordered? Greedy us… wanna try as many as possible – So we ordered the Bayaaynatu [i.e. “Of Each Kind” small servings of “Tibs”, “Dry Tib”, “Kitfo Special” with Gomen (collard greens) and aib (cottage cheese)] as well as the Vegetarian Bayaaynatu [i.e. “Of Each Kind” small servings of all 8 kinds of vegetarian dishs.]
This big plate came – meat on the left and veggie on the right. We was like… errr, are these for us two? We then confirmed with the server and he said yah. The food doesn’t look that much at first but eventually after we’ve eaten bit by bit, we felt so full!! @_@
You see, this is the Injera (Ethiopian bread) that came with the meat & veggie. They are folded like a large napkin (that’s what they said on their website, but I totally forgot about that and the first glance I REALLY thought they were napkins -_-)
But you know what? These spongy breads are really cool – they absorb all the meat and veggie sauce and oh you gotta try it. Before I came to this restaurant I’ve heard about the veggie dishes, and I would agree that their veggie (e.g. spicy split peas, chick peas in garlic, lentils, collard geens, potatoes, etc.) tastes better than the meat from the selection that we have chosen.
Another thing is, on their website they say many Ethiopian drink it with a pinch of salt or clarified butter. When we had the coffee they gave us popcorn which is = salt + butter. Smart. I liked the coffee.
My visit to the Ethiopian House was great. I’m glad that I could try it with RL and with the movie Kite Runner, the night was really special and foreign to us. Yah, good to do something different once in awhile.
FYI: Ethiopian House
4 Irwin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario