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“Great Ethiopian food. ”

pero restaurant and lounge
Ranked #488 of 9,440 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: US$12 - US$23
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: West End
Cross street: Bloor and Chritie
Description: Pero Restaurant is as rich and diverse as Eastern African culture. The spectrum Pero Restaurant cuisine can be said to lie between two dietary extremes: vegetarianism and carnivorism. The essence of good Eastern African cooking revolves around the appropriate use of aromatic spices. The skill lies in subtle blending of a variety of spices to enhance, rather than overwhelm the basic flavour of a particular dish. Pero food relies on the spices in which it is cooked, just as Japanese Sushi relies on the freshness of the meat, and Chinese food relies on the various sauces to impart the right flavour and taste. It is interesting to see an Eastern African chef at work with a palette of spices, gratuitously sprinkling these powders in exact pinches into the dish in front of him. It is these complexities of regional food in Eastern Africa that make it such a fascinating experience.
Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Great friendly service. Very interesting favors. Tried the combo platter just to get my bearings and was not disappointed. Worth a try.

Thank Laura1041
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Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Clean restaurant, attentive service & tasty food. The vegetarian platter & beef tibs were excellent. I'm normally not a huge fan of lamb, however the cha-cha was wonderfully seasoned. My habesha relatives said the kitfo tasted like home & got a second order to go.

Can't wait to come back!

Thank JasonFL72
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Reviewed July 2, 2016

I always associate Ethiopia and Eritrea with hunger, but Addis Abba is actually quite a sophisticated city. The owner of this restaurant is a transplant from Addis Abba and brings a lot of atmosphere into the restaurant decorations and the menu. It takes a little explanation, but the staff are extremely helpful and the food experience was definitely worthwhile. If you are feeling a little adventurous, then I highly recommend going there.

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Thank Paul B
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Reviewed April 2, 2016

If you are looking for a neat, unforgettable birthday celebration, this is the place!
I took my young adult daughter to this restaurant to celebrate her birthday. The
owner and waitress of this restaurant are very friendly, and helpful for recommending
the dishes. My favorite dish is the dinner platter. We also had coffee ceremony.
The highlight is after dinner, the staff there rang the bell and lighted up the fire on the counter for a few seconds during cheers with my birthday girl.

We had a good time and can't wait to go back again.

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Thank LoveNY2014
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Reviewed March 20, 2016

Made reservation for a Saturday night. No waiting at the door line-up. Could have been our timing as it did get very busy. Immediately seated in our seats once we arrived. Soon after, waitress waves the traditional, smoking Ethiopian coffee beans over our table. Wonderful! Our anticipation grows. Comfortably dimly lit. Playful addition were the roaring fires on several tv screens.

Food was delicious, excellently prepared and presented.
Served quickly however one thing we thought definitely in short supply was sufficient Injera - sour dough Ethiopian spongy flatbread. However when we asked for more, we were quickly given a sufficient amount. Perhaps they didn't want unused Injera going to waste? Ethiopian meals are eaten without the use of flatware hence the need for enough Injera to pick up the delicious vegetarian/meat dishes. Bought desert. Not at all a good value for the amount. Will omit desert next time. We were full from the dinner anyways.
Will definitely be returning. Great overall atmosphere for a wonderful Ethiopian dining experience.

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Thank Claire L
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