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812 bloor st west, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada (Bloor and Chritie)
+1 416-915-7225
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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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
Most recent review
Can't wait to go back!

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
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 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 

Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 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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singapore
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We tried this place because we were looking for something different. When we entered it is like a different world. Soothing music, welcoming servers and congenial owner. We ordered Chef Kufti ( not very sure of the name) which is chick peas and some sort of pate with gluten. Best starter ever. With our starters I order Fish Dulot and... More 

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mississauga
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The food is unique, flavourful and of quality. The atmosphere is pleasant and vibrant at the same time. Its one of the very few places in Toronto where you truly feel welcomed while enjoying a fantastic meal. Definitely will be returning.

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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 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?