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Lalibela Ethiopian on Danforth near Donlands - Anyone tried it?

Full tummy Aug 16, 2009 07:24 PM

I noticed this under construction a week or so ago and drove by tonight to see it's open. Does anyone know if it's run by the same people as the west-end Lalibela? Anyone been?

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  1. Paulustrious RE: Full tummy Aug 17, 2009 04:08 AM

    The bloor st website gives no hint of a relationship.

    http://www.lalibelaethiopianrestauran...

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      phoenikia RE: Paulustrious Mar 14, 2010 08:51 AM

      March 2010 update- the website now mentions both locations!

    2. Davwud RE: Full tummy Aug 17, 2009 05:34 AM

      I guessing it would have to be. How could you have two different restaurants of the same name?? Don't you have to register your name??

      DT

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        pinstripeprincess RE: Davwud Aug 17, 2009 07:00 AM

        japango on elizabeth... japango in the beaches... even the same logo!

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          Davwud RE: pinstripeprincess Aug 17, 2009 07:41 AM

          Not related in any way, shape or form?? I find that hard to believe.

          DT

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            pinstripeprincess RE: Davwud Aug 17, 2009 07:49 AM

            that's the word on the street. the "second" location for japango on elizabeth is actually yuzu on adelaide by university ave.

            edit:
            i also forgot... and oddly it's all sushi places that i recall.... that the omi on church is still going by the same name though slightly adjusted even though john lee reopened under omi again in cabbagetown.

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        Pincus RE: Full tummy Aug 17, 2009 11:28 AM

        Guess I will have to go there and try out the food, then. The only thing that matters, really. :)

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          suzspot RE: Full tummy Aug 17, 2009 02:26 PM

          in the NOW mag. there was an ad for Lalibela, that a second location is opening on the Danforth. I have been to Lalibela in the west end...but I have to say that I much perfer, and would recomend the place directly across the street of the new location... Rendezvous Cafe. It is way better. I have not gone back to the west end since finding Rendezvous here in the east.

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            pippineast RE: suzspot Mar 14, 2010 09:04 AM

            Agree about Rendezvous Cafe - have tried many other places, mostly west end, but keep coming back to it. People that run it are great too.

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              itsvince RE: pippineast May 4, 2011 08:37 AM

              +1 for Rendezvous. Was there yesterday and really enjoyed their kitfo.

          2. lilith RE: Full tummy Nov 5, 2010 12:29 PM

            They have a WagJag deal now where you get $30 worth of food for $10.
            (It's under Scarborough offer for some reason)
            Although it's not my favourite place 66% off is too good to pass:)

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              1sweetpea RE: lilith Nov 5, 2010 04:07 PM

              I'd sooner pay full price at Dukem. I found Lalibela's food salty and not highly spiced. The one and only time I visited Rendez-vous I really enjoyed it, but I've read that others found the food there similarly oversalted.

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              Dukem
              950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

              Lalibela
              869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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                lilith RE: 1sweetpea Nov 5, 2010 04:51 PM

                Many people seem to enjoy Dukem but I personally prefer Rendez-Vous, my favourite Ethiopian place for the last 4-5 years. It isn't that Dukem is bad or anything, I simply find Rendez-Vous more flavourful, and I prefer their blend of spices.
                I ate at Dukem, Meskerem, Wazema, Lalibela, Ethiopian House, Addis Abbaba, Queen of Sheba, Nazareth and maybe a handful more... and, Rendez-Vous is my all time favourite. I usually go to Ethiopian for meat, so I do not know how the vegetarian dishes compare, though.

                However, my experience at Lalibela was not overly negative (certainly passable) to the extent of saying no this deal... I won't choose this place over another for a full price though :)

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                Dukem
                950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

                Lalibela
                869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

                Ethiopian House
                4 Irwin Ave, Toronto, ON M4Y1K9, CA

                Meskerem
                1333 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

                Rendez-Vous Restaurant
                1213 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON K6J3T3, CA

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              ylsf RE: Full tummy Feb 15, 2011 04:51 PM

              Going to the Bloor location on the weekend if everything works out (bought one of those vouchers, I guess it was wagjag). Any items that people would recommend ? I only tried Ethiopian once before at a place on Church at Dundas... it was pretty good, shared the vegetarian sampler plate with a friend that time (but, I am not vegetarian).

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                Davwud RE: ylsf Feb 16, 2011 03:58 AM

                We had the Lalibela platter and the Yeawaze Tibs and it was perfect. A little something of a lot of things. Except for the tibs. There was a lot of that.

                Order the coffee too. Let them know up front about that though.

                DT

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                Lalibela
                869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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                  ylsf RE: Davwud Feb 28, 2011 05:35 PM

                  Thanks for the recs.. I ended up getting the platter and the coffee when I went about a week or so ago. Both were good. Coffee was really interesting.

              2. Olivia RE: Full tummy Feb 16, 2011 05:17 PM

                Got takeout last week from the Danforth location (it's between Greenwood and Coxwell, further east than Donlands). I found the spicing on the timid side, but I thought the food was fresher than some other Ethiopian places in the area.

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                  KitchenVoodoo RE: Olivia Feb 16, 2011 11:56 PM

                  DAVWUD - apologise for replying to the wrong post - but It wasn't clear to me which location?

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                    Davwud RE: KitchenVoodoo Feb 17, 2011 08:43 AM

                    We went to the Bloor Street location.

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                  neighborguy RE: Full tummy Feb 17, 2011 01:58 PM

                  I always seem to run across a coupon or promo they have in Now magazine. Has anyone used these?

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                    atomeyes RE: neighborguy Feb 19, 2011 01:48 PM

                    we went 2 months ago. their menu is more extensive than others, but the food was good, not great.

                  2. mariecollins RE: Full tummy Feb 28, 2011 08:57 AM

                    Just used my WagJag coupon this Saturday. We had the vegetarian platter and the meat platter and really enjoyed both. Each dish was spiced differently, and I also thought the spicing was quite hot, which I like. I've been to Dukem, Rendez-Vouz and Hirut previously, and would choose Lalibela over these.

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                    Dukem
                    950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

                    Lalibela
                    869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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                      yunnage RE: mariecollins Mar 1, 2011 05:40 PM

                      Used WagJag this week for the meat and veg platter as well. I brought my parents to try ethiopian for the first time and was pleased that the meat platter was nice and spicy! Dukem used to be our go to place, but Lalibela is much closer. We went to Hirut when they first opened and I wasn't a fan. Have you found they've improved since they opened?

                      Also, I tipped on what our bill would have been without the coupon, but after I got home I realized that they must have included tip in our bill already so I tipped twice!

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                        mariecollins RE: yunnage Sep 1, 2011 08:44 AM

                        Just revisited Hirut and found it much improved. Room is very attractive and the food and service were good.

                    2. Dr. John RE: Full tummy Mar 1, 2011 04:05 PM

                      I find both Lalibelas pretty equally good. They have a good range of dishes on the menu and their injera is not bad. I think Duken and Wazema are a notch up. Rendezvous has been disappointing in terms of oversalting in my experience. Queen of Sheba has very nice flavours in their wots but the injera is sadly lacking.

                      -John

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                      Lalibela
                      869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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                        geekwithspatula RE: Full tummy May 4, 2011 02:16 PM

                        I'm definitely adding that to my list of places to try. Iif you are in that area then you should also try Djerba Ladouce Café just west of Coxwell and Danforth. A friend had the crepes and was only mediocre but the merguese sausage and brique appetizer was really good. It was my first time having mint tea and loved it since.

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                          Davwud RE: geekwithspatula May 4, 2011 05:45 PM

                          We did a chow meet last spring and it was fantastic.

                          DT

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                            geekwithspatula RE: Davwud May 5, 2011 12:31 PM

                            There are chow meets? Where do I sign up? :)

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                              Davwud RE: geekwithspatula May 8, 2011 06:33 AM

                              Sign up for the Chowhound Toronto group.

                              https://groups.google.com/group/chowh...

                              DT

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                                geekwithspatula RE: Davwud May 8, 2011 07:23 AM

                                Thanks! I just signed up. On meetup there is also a great group called Toronto Foodaholics Anon. The organizer is really great and they've been to some great places also.

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                            1sweetpea RE: geekwithspatula May 6, 2011 10:58 AM

                            The soup at Djerba La Douce is wonderful. We requested a spice kick-up and the chef/owner happily obliged, as he spices each order individually. I enjoyed everything I ate at Djerba La Douce, but found all dishes a little heavy on the olive oil.

                            As for Lalibela on the Danforth, I have commented in other threads that my one experience there wasn't great. I found everything oversalted and underspiced for my tastes.

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                            Lalibela
                            869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

                          3. hal2010 RE: Full tummy May 8, 2011 10:26 AM

                            I've been a couple of times and found Lalibela to be pretty good. The veggie dishes could use a little more zip though, and why is Doro Wat at $12 two measley pieces of chicken in a whole lot of sauce? That is the Ethiopian way of doing it, but in Ethiopia meat is relatively expensive. I'd expect a bit more than half a leg and a thigh for that price in Canada.

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                              1sweetpea RE: hal2010 May 9, 2011 03:00 PM

                              We got two drumsticks and a hard cooked egg in a pile of tasty sauce for our $12 at Dukem. Since it was on a platter for three people (with a number of other dishes, I might add), I thought it odd that we had to split 2 pieces of chicken and 1 egg three ways (or call rock, paper, scissors to divvy up the items), though I suppose we could have removed the meat from the bones and had a free-for-all. I don't dispute the pricing, though, as the spice pastes and sauces are complex and take time and effort to develop. I am willing to pay for that expertise, even when the finished product isn't copious.

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                              Dukem
                              950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

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