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Monday, September 14, 2009

You Are What You Eat

They say you are what you eat, so after my post last week about the Toronto Star article and Ethiopian food, I realized that my husband and I aren't practicing what I have been preaching - in fact DH had eaten Ethiopian food a grand total of zero times - so when we had the chance to paint the town red this past Friday, it was time for the initiation. We decided to check out Lalibela, the new Ethiopian restaurant around Monarch Park that I posted about a few weeks ago (it was under construction then, but is now officially open).

Back then, my sneak peak of the restaurant held the promise of it being a cozy, stylish place to eat and they definitely did not disappoint. The space is a far cry from where it was as Tiny Thai Kitchen. They've updated the seating to comfortable and very spacious family sized banquettes and closed off the ugly, open concept kitchen area along with the requisite fresh paint and murals of what I surmise is Ethiopian scenery.

Once settled in with drinks, we decided to order the Lalibela Special for $24...... a food critic I am not, so to put it in plain language everyone can understand, it was a vast smorgasbord of deliciousness. The injera was perfect and the flavours were so intense that I have fallen in love with the place. The plate consisted of lamb, chicken and beef, along with some small salads of lentils and beets. A perfect cross-section of east African cuisine.

Usually when DH and I go out for dinner, there is never enough food in the world to satisfy his ravenous appetite, so it was shocking that we couldn't actually finish everything. Good food, cheap prices and a mediocre but long wine list, make this place my new favourite haunt - sorry Taps & Tales, the love affair could only last so long!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I was wondering if anyone I knew had tried it out. Has anyone been to Red Chilli yet?