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Nazareth Restaurant

969 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6H 1L7


Students, vegetarians and Ethiopian expats mix in this Bloor Street West restaurant.

Category: Restaurants


Cuisine Type | African
Pricing | Less than $20
Payment | Cash


Neighbourhood | High Park
Getting There | Ossington Station
Cross Street | Bloor and Ossington


Daily 2PM-late

Profile Last Updated: April 13, 2007

The Setting
If you enter Nazareth Restaurant during daylight hours, your eyes will need a moment to adjust. It's dim inside, which may explain why the tables are often occupied by young couples. The décor is a lively jumble of contradictions. Besides the dim lighting, there is a big screen TV (often playing soccer) behind the bar, stained glass chandeliers, and a PA system rocking African reggae. The walls are adorned by African artwork, some which use animal hides as canvases.

The East African Dining Experience
Each dish at Nazareth consists of a thick stew, or a variety of stews, set atop injera, which is a type of Ethiopian flat bread. The injera is soft and spongy, and is served folded like a towel. Instead of utensils, diners use the injera to pick up the stews.

The Menu
There are not a lot of options when it comes to courses at Nazareth Restaurant. In fact, there is only one course. But rest assured the portions are big enough to feed the hungriest customers. There are eight dishes to choose from. The vegetarian entrée is one of the most popular, and comes with a variety of stewed veggie dishes. Another popular dish is “tibs,” which is chunks of beef stewed in seasoned butter. There are also chicken and lamb dishes. All of the dishes come with a side salad.

Take-out for Two
The portions at Nazareth are big enough to make two moderate-sized meals. Nazareth is aware of this. In fact, they advertise it on their take-out menu.