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pero restaurant and lounge

812 bloor st west, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada
+1 416-915-7225
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Ranked #34 of 6,590 restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
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English first
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The people there were so nice and made us feel at home. We'd never had Ethiopian or Eritrean food before but they walked us through everything and gave us some excellent suggestions. The food was out of this world. A great night overall!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My family and I were visiting Toronto recently and looking for some good Ethiopian food. We found it and more at Peros. We went on a Tuesday evening and ended up going downstairs where they had opened a jazz room. The atmosphere, the service and the food were great. We had the platter for four - great tasting!! Highly recommend.

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I tried this restaurant because it's close to my house and I bought a Groupon for a vegetarian platter for 2. I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the restaurant as I thought the atmosphere was awesome. Dimmed lighting and pleasant background music made it cozy and a great spot for a romantic date if that's what you're looking for.... More

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

Dear Toronto Travel Bug, Thank you for all your kind words and appreciation of our restaurant. We put much effort in the dining experience, we make it into an experience in culture. We are happy when you're happy. We are also glad you had the opportunity to meet the owner himself. He's at the restaurant most nights to ensure the... More

ontario, canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We love Ethiopian food, and have tried most such restaurants on Toronto's west side, as well as a few downtown and on the east side. Somehow, Pero had previously slipped our attention. We went on a quiet Tuesday night, and were seated right away. The restaurant has very nice decor, probably the nicest of any ethiopian place I have visited.... More

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This intimate but exceptionally welcoming storefront opens up your senses (visual, taste, aroma, texture) to the wonderful possibilities of vegetarian cooking --- note, meat dishes are also on the menu, but we chose other dishes. Two dishes stand out --- the Chef Wondy appetizer and the Vegetarian platter to serve the number of people at your table. Chef Wondy, while... More

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

Dear Patron, Thank you for taking the time to review Pero's Restaurant. We appreciate your detailed description of the dishes you chose. This illustrates that our customers are enjoying the diverrse ingredients and flavorful spices that our Chef uses to make dining with us an enjoyable experience. We are also glad you are pleased with our service and will make... More

Toronto, ON, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Last night was my third time at Pero. Very consistently good food each time. I'm vegetarian, so I can't comment on the meat dishes, but the veggie platter is amazing. It's served with 6 or 7 different cooked dishes and a salad. This is THE place to bring friends who are trying Ethiopian/Eritrean food for the first time. There are... More

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

Dear Patron, Thank you for taking the time to review Pero's Restaurant. Also, thank you for dining with us on numerous occasions. Our goal is to make each of our customer's dining experience to be great and have them return. Thru your experience we feel assured we are achieving that goal. We hope to see you on your next visit... More

Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided to go to Pero's. It was booked for a party but they were still able to go out of their way to accommodate us on our special day, the little extra touch's made it special with the rose petals and Pero's staff's undivided attention. The food was delicious as... More

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

Dear Patron, Thank you for choosing Pero's as your restaurant for your special day. Although it was a busy evening we at Pero's are very passionate in providing personalized services and great food. We are very pleased that you were very happy with everything. I will pass along your kind words to our staff and chef. Thank you for taking... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Simply above and beyond expectation. Never it be said that not every customer can feel like a royalty in a restaurant. Pero tries to do everything to make sure all its patrons feel special and happy with the experience at their establishment. 3 thumbs up. Thank you pero for a great dining experience. We will back soon!

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

Hi Sage, thank you for kind words. We are very pleased to have exceeded your expectations. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal. We look forward to your visit again. Sincerely, Management More

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We went to Pero on Saturday night for my birthday. We love trying new restaurants and cuisine and Pero definitely was that. We made a reservation, only downside we couldn't book the special area at the back as already booked for another event. No worries, we could pick our seat among the others and chose a cosy table for 2.... More

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

Hi Kathryn, thank you for choosing Pero's for your birthday celebration restaurant. We are pleased you enjoyed the food and services. On your next visit we hope to accommodate you in the tent seating area. Again, thank you for dining at Pero's. Sincerely, Management More

toronto
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

It's so nice to enjoy a meal in a restaurant with soft, dimmed lighting, quiet background music, polite and attentive service, carefully prepared and delicately spiced plates! What a welcome relief. Pero is an oasis along the often crowded, noisy Bloor and Christie strip. The owner and chef is on the spot every night making sure things run smoothly, offering... More

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