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“Hands Up, Hands Down” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Addis Ababa Restaurant - CLOSED

Addis Ababa Restaurant
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Neighborhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
Toronto
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255 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“Hands Up, Hands Down”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

The restaurant has a "no frills" feel to it, and is remarkable for the perpetual strong smell of incense burning (we find it pleasant, some may not). It has a small patio which fronts a side street: very pleasant for dining in the summer.
We always order the vegetarian and meat combination plates. The food is served on a very large, flat, bread: you eat with your hands, scooping with the bread (wet towels are provided to clean hands when the food is served). The food is very tasty and the portions are always more than we can eat.
We went back last night for the first time in several months and noted that they have new menus which, clearly, nobody bothered to proof read before printing. The meat combination plate is listed as causing $1 (it doesn't, it costs $14) and much of the menu is nonsensical (for example, "choice of hard boiled egg"). Also, on several visits (but not last night), the bill has been wrong, so watch for that.
Another reviewer has said that this restaurant does not compare favourably with other Ethiopian restaurants in the city. My experience is the opposite: this Ethiopian restaurant is the one to which we always return, having tried and dismissed others.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Mr_Weston
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Mississauga, Ontario
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96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

Have never had ethiopian food before but my wife is going to ethiopia shortly and we thought we would try the food before her trip. The owners son was our waiter and he was very helpful. He walked us the through the menu and suggested we try the vegetarian sample platter and the meat platter. He pointed out which items would be more spiced than others. Both my wife and I thought the food was great. The spiced dishes were excellent, don't shy away from these! You eat with your hands so if that bothers you you may want to request cutlery. They has a nice assortment of ethiopian beers as well to try. 4 of us ate with a couple of beers each, two platters, coffee, and excellent fried bananas with ice cream for desert for under $30 each all in. Step outside the box...Addis Ababa is welcoming and worth the trip.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Doc_Mic
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Toronto
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice place - wish the food was as good”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2010

We eat out in Toronto frequently - with Ethiopian being one of our favourites. We have been meaning to give Addis Ababa a try for ages since it's very close to where we live and finally paid a visit. Unfortunately we were disappointed.

The restaurant itself is very roomy and has a great feel to it. The service was very good. However the food was completely lacking for us. Maybe we came on a bad night? Maybe the regular cook was out? The flavours (spicing) just weren't there and some of the veggies seemed undercooked.

We've tried several other Ethiopian restaurants in Toronto (with Ethiopian House on Irwin being our regular place). The food at Addis Ababa really didn't compare. We won't be back. Sorry.

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank MellyM
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