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Recent visit to Lalibela - teff injera and new fish dishes

Dr. John Jul 17, 2013 03:16 PM

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.

  1. mrsleny Jul 17, 2013 06:49 PM

    Do you know if this is the same for Lalibela's Danforth location? We haven't been for several months and it's more convenient than Bloor West.

    Have you tried Rendezvous? Love their vegetarian platter.

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    1. re: mrsleny
      Dr. John Jul 18, 2013 09:12 AM

      We're also on the east side and have gone to the Danforth Lalibela, but not in the past couple of years. We have tried Rendezvous, but found the food oversalted the last time so we have mainly gone to Dukem. Wazema is also pretty good.

      1. re: mrsleny
        Dr. John Apr 1, 2014 11:36 AM

        Finally went to Rendezvous this past weekend. We did have the vegetarian platter and also ordered the fasolia (green beans) as we haven't seen that on many menus here. Overall it was a much better experience than our last time. Nothing was oversalted this time. Admittedly some of the dishes were a little blander than we have had them (e.g., the split peas, the cabbage and carrots). But pretty good overall. We also noticed they have foule on the menu for breakfast (a fava bean dish) so we will make a return visit to try their version.

        1. re: Dr. John
          mrsleny Apr 1, 2014 08:45 PM

          We are also there on the weekend (Sunday) ... our first time in months. I hadn't realized how much we missed Ethiopian. We ate everything on our platter including half of the injera. Do you find their injera authentic?

          I am glad you had a better experience this time. Rendezvous is one of our favourites. I have yet to try west end restaurants as it is easier to get to Danforth east from where we are in the 'burbs.

          1. re: mrsleny
            Dr. John Apr 2, 2014 09:26 AM

            We thought the injera was pretty good. We actually didn't ask if it was all teff - there was a texture difference that made us wonder about whether there may have bit a bit of something else (barley? millet?) in it. But certainly nothing that was a big problem or concern. We'll be back.

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        maple99 Apr 1, 2014 12:35 PM

        Sheba on College (not to be confused with old Queen of Sheba on Bloor) has teff injera but you have to ask for it (not on menu) and they charge extra. I like it better, others seem not to care.

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        1. re: maple99
          Dr. John Apr 1, 2014 12:53 PM

          Thanks for the info. Went there once several years ago but didn't know to ask for this.

          1. re: maple99
            hal2010 Apr 1, 2014 07:45 PM

            Pretty sure I saw teff flour at Bulk Barn last time I was there.

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              Klafouti Apr 1, 2014 07:50 PM

              Yes! I did too, and Bob's Red Mill sells it as well. But making injera at home would be quite an undertaking!

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