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“top notch Ethiopian in Toronto” 5 of 5 stars
Review of pero restaurant and lounge

pero restaurant and lounge
812 bloor st west, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada
+1 416-915-7225
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Ranked #56 of 6,995 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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.
ontario, canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“top notch Ethiopian in Toronto”
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. The menu had many familiar items, usually a bit pricier than most places, but when the food arrived it was excellent, and thus worth it (we shared a platter with veggie and chicken items on it). The only things I thought were missing were A) some Ethiopian beers, and B) a bit of Ethiopian music mixed in with the other nice tunes they were playing. We will definitely be back, and will be recommending Pero to our friends.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fine Ethiopian Cuisine”
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 a bit on the spicy side, will not seriously deter any person familiar with Szechuan cuisine. It is a wonderful wrap, with layers of tasty and delicious filling.

The traditional vegetarian platter offered portions of mushrooms, lentils, chickpeas, salad, collard greens, cabbage --- in more than sufficient quantity and all tasty, ranging from mildly spicy to almost sweet.

The wine selection was more than adequate along with some beers.

The service was wonderful, with the staff offering suggestions. The setting is intimate, quiet and pretty with various colorful baskets helping to define seating areas.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
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 sure to pass your kind words to our wait staff.
We hope to see you again.

Sincerely,

Management
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“my favourite Ethiopian restaurant”
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 other restaurants with good Ethiopian food around, but none of them holds a candle to this in terms of the ambiance and friendly service. The setting feels warm, it's decorated well, and very clean. Favourite dishes on the veggie platter- mushrooms in sauce and the pureed chickpeas.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
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 soon.

Sincerely,

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Toronto, Canada
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“anniversay surprise”
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 always,( you need to try Pero's Platters when you go) and the coffee ceremony is something not to miss. We will be back for sure, it nice when the your treated like family everytime you visit.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perolounge, Owner at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
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 your time to review our restaurant. We look forward to your next visit.

Sincerely,

Pero, Owner
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Perfect service,food and ambiance”
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, February 5, 2014
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,

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