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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??

      DT

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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.

          DT

          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.

            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.

      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.

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

              Lalibela
              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 :)

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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