Recent visit to Lalibela - teff injera and new fish dishes
I went to Lalibela (the Bloor West one) on Monday for the first time in a few years. It was generally very good (aside from the inattentive service). The surprises for me were 1) teff injera and 2) a bunch of different fish dishes.
For years, the Ethiopian restaurants in Toronto served injera with no teff or only a little teff (with millet, barley, rice, etc. rounding out the content). The result was a different texture and taste - not necessarily bad, but not ideal either. Now I think teff is being grown in North America, so it is cheaper and more available to be used. I recently found teff injera at Arsema's store on Gerrard. So I'm interested to know from people making the rounds at other restaurants if they are serving teff injera too. Anyway, it was really nice to have this at Lalibela.
Fish dishes were the best animal protein source we ate in Ethiopia. The meat (except for some goat dishes) was gristly and inedible. But until recently I couldn't find many fish dishes in Ethiopian restaurants in Toronto. Now Lalibela has a number on their menu. We tried the fish gulash (no real relation to the Hungarian dish, but similar to the same-named dish in Ethiopia) and it was quite tasty - white fish with tomatoes and onions.
Lalibela has always impressed me with the range of dishes on their menu - still the only place with a number of Ethiopian breakfast items. So I may switch allegiance from Dukem and Nazareth and go back to exploring Lalibela's menu a bit more.