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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 #68 of 6,457 restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Dining options: 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
ontario, canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Kabul, Afghanistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I had the pleasure of dining and socializing at Pero's during the Carnival Festival Weekend (2-3 Aug 2013), The atmosphere and food were off the chart! I am African American and I had the opportunity to work and live in Asmara Eritrea from Mar 2001 to April 2002 and I vacationed there twice since then, last time being 2004. I... More

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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I had the great pleasure of dining at Pero this evening and as always had the most exquisite experience. My cousin (visiting from the US) and I ordered the beef tibsi along with the timtimo lentil served on an injera platter.The food was exotic and had so many rich flavours. The food alone would be enough to keep us coming... More

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Toronto
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I love Toronto. with diverse multiculturism, comes amazing foods to try from around the world! After being introduced to ethiopian/eritrean food a couple years ago, I get so excited when I meet my friends for it. Having tried a handful of ethiopian restaurants, all with small differences and flavours, this place had just enough for it to be my favourite.... More

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

Hi butterfly, thank you for dining at Pero's. It was a pleasure to accomdate you. We greatly appreciate your kind words. Visit us again. Thank you again. Management. More

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