Addis Ababa Restaurant
1184 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1J5
One of Parkdale’s many hidden treasures, Addis Ababa is nothing short of an addiction for a lot of area locals.
|Cuisine Type |||Ethiopian|
|Meals Served |||Dinner|
|Amenities |||Local Favorites, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||High Park|
|Getting There |||Queen West streetcar or Dufferin bus|
|Cross Street |||Queen Street West and Dufferin Street|
Profile Last Updated: March 25, 2008
Addis Ababa is an authentic Ethiopean restaurant that’s been at home in Parkdale since 1993. Ginger and garlic figure prominently in a lot of the dishes at the small independent restaurant. The food here does more than just nourish –it infuses you with its heady aromas and fragrant spices.
There are ample options for both the vegetarian and the carnivore. Gomman Wat, a dish of spinach with garlic and ginger, is one of the more popular veggie options, while the oft-ordered kifto tops the meat-eater’s list of must-orders. The kifto is a steak tartar of sorts, served with hot pepper sauce, chopped spinach and homemade cheese. Mild curries, turmeric-marinated chicken, and fasolia - a green bean plate that’s sautéed with garlic, onions, baby carrots, tomatoes and ginger - are also on the menu. Most dishes are served on injera, a spongy naan-esque bread that functions as plate, knife, fork and sauce-sopping spoon.
A note to coffee lovers out there –do yourself a favour and order a pot at Addis Ababa. Ethiopain coffee is a thick, aromatic brew served in a clay kettle alongside Frankincense incense, a tradition that promotes positive energy, digestion and cleansing of the immune system. Don’t be surprised if you start planning a second visit before your first ends. If it becomes a bank-breaking habit, pick up a copy of Recipe of Love. Penned by Addis Ababa owner Ester Velayneh, this cookbook lets you in on all the secrets of your favourite dishes.