Ethiopian Village - sorry for doubting you Jim.
- estufarian May 31, 2003 08:33 PM
Finally got to the Ethiopian Village you found in Toronto. Having tried at least 4 other Ethiopian places I didnt rush right out. Typically the injera was about the appearance and texture of carpet underlay, and 1 or 2 may have had more flavour. But last night was in the area so decided to give it a try. First, the welcome by Aziza theres another thread about (lack of) exceptional service in Toronto. Just come to Ethiopian Village to discover what a welcome really means. After a discussion covering many topics we finally persuaded her that we were there to eat, and decided on the mixed half veg half beef. Taking your advice, we asked for extra spicy, then watched as she made about a dozen fresh injera while preparing the other ingredients. A tape was inserted into the VCR to show a documentary (there were 3 or 4 of her friends there occupying the couch, so we got to eat at the table). They were communicating in somali (?), the tape was muffled English and the sub-titles French. A perfect microcosm of multicultural Toronto.
And the food was indeed excellent a real hit of spice (I think enough Chowhounds have now been that shes got the message). And this injera bore only a passing resemblance to that wed had before. Of course, she was proud of the Toronto Star write-up but apparently doesnt know Chowhound! And when people started coming because of the article she was sending them to the restaurant down the street. She didnt realize it was her place they were seeking until they returned a second time and insisted.
Of course, we did order the quti (kati) as well and were shown the dried coffee leaves. Hmm. Didnt that look familiar? Surely not. then cardamom and cinnamon (but she was out of mint). Then the first taste. Still seems familiar, and whats that slight numbness on the lips? I guess its not caffeine.
But a great experience. Well be back. And Chowhounds we were there from around 6:00 to after 7:30 on a Friday evening. And NOBODY else came in (except locals). Spread the word!