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pero restaurant and lounge

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Vegetarian, Vegan, Ethiopian, African
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812 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada (Bloor and Chritie)
+1 416-915-7225
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Pero Restaurant is as rich and diverse as Eastern African culture. The...
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.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Very helpful and friendly staff took us through the menu, being unfamiliar with Ethiopian food, and gave amazing recommendations. The sampler platter, highly recommended by our waitress, was a perfect introduction to Ethiopian cuisine and provided us with a great variety of food. The chickpea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Nick-Maddie
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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Burlington, Canada
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Our first visit to Pero and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent; attentive without intruding, and very knowledgeable. We had a sharing platter for two which was ample and allowed us to try a variety of dishes. Each was quite different in flavour and texture and all worked well together. Eating with your hands can be a sensual,... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Although the food was average, the experience was unusual. Pero, the owner is very personable, and the evening included lights out and candles only for earth hour, a visit to the bar for a limoncello sample, a complementary starter, and a communal dance around the room to Inagine, which people participated in due to the relaxed vibe. Vegetarian sampler and... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Very helpful and friendly staff took us through the menu, being unfamiliar with Ethiopian food, and gave amazing recommendations. The sampler platter, highly recommended by our waitress, was a perfect introduction to Ethiopian cuisine and provided us with a great variety of food. The chickpea vegetable option is incredible, and the overall ambiance of the restaurant made it a night... More 

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Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Nick-Maddie, Thank you for your recent dining experience with us at Pero's. We are pleased to know that you received great service and enjoyed our wonderful cuisine. Let us know next time in advance so we can seat you at the corner. Thank you again. Sincerely, Management More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Great food, huge portions and lovely atmosphere. Good service. You'll have an awesome experience. Good for couples and nice booths for private parties.

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Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Federica, Thank you for dining with us and your kind words. We are lucky to have people like you to love our cuisine and the appreciate the service we provide. We are also grateful for your recommendation of Pero's to others. We would love to see you again. Sincerely, Management More 

Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My friends and I went there to try the Winterlicious menu. We didn't really know what to expect (all of us new to Ethiopian food) but the menu looked interesting. Overall, our expectations were exceeded by far! The food was delicious (my favourite was the Chef Wondiy Special appetizer but I also loved the Beef Tibsi), the ambiance was great,... More 

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Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Dear Avalalala, Thank you for dining at Pero's for Winterlicious. We are happy your first experience of Eritrean/Ethiopian cuisine was with us;and delighted we exceed your expectation. We would like to invite you to come back again to experience more of our cuisine from our regular menu and listen jazz downstairs in our lounge area. Of course we will seat... More 

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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Went here for Winterlicious on a Friday night. It was busy and the service was a little slow but we didn't care because the staff were friendly and welcoming and helpful in teaching us about menu items. Sometimes slowing it down can be a good thing, Chef Pero came and spoke to us several times as did one of his... More 

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Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

My husband and I went to Pero on a Thursday night. We love to try different ethnic foods and we had never had Ethiopian cuisine before. Per is the owner and very, very personable. He spent time speaking with us and explaining his background and some of the Ethiopian culture. We asked him to surprise us with the food, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Great food, atmosphere and service. The price is also reasonable.

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St. John's, Canada
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Pero is a cozy small restaurant that provides very intimate atmosphere and is a great place to go as a couple or as a group. The owner and all employees were very welcoming and they helped us pick our meals. The food was very good, but before you decide to go to this place, keep in ind that this is... More 

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Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to Pero's. We appreciate your honesty about our place being interesting. We make 100% effort to provide an authentic Eritrean/Ethiopian dining experience. Our menu serves spicy and flavorful dishes of Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine and we've made efforts of decorating with photographs and artifacts that reflect the diversity of the East African culture. We... More 

Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Booked our table by leaving a message on their VM as the restaurant was still closed when I called. I received a confirmation almost immediately after they opened later that day. Kudos for the ease of booking! As soon as we were seated, the owner promptly came by to ask if it was our first time. When we said yes,... More 

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Additional Information about pero restaurant and lounge

Address: 812 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-915-7225
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan, Ethiopian, African

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 812 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada
    (Bloor and Chritie)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto
  • Phone Number: +1 416-915-7225

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan, Ethiopian, African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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