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Aug 16, 2009 07:24 PM

Lalibela Ethiopian on Danforth near Donlands - Anyone tried it?

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. re: Paulustrious

      March 2010 update- the website now mentions both locations!

    2. 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??


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      1. re: Davwud

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

        1. re: pinstripeprincess

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


          1. re: Davwud

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

            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.

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

        1. 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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          1. re: suzspot

            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.

            1. re: pippineast

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

          2. 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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            1. re: lilith

              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.

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

              869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

              1. re: 1sweetpea

                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 :)

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

                869 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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

                1333 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

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