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pero restaurant and lounge

812 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L9, Canada
+1 416-915-7225
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  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
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Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
812 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L9, Canada
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Most people have never tried Ethiopian food before they should start right here. Great service even better when the owner Pero is in the house. He takes pride in his work and takes time to explain the Eritrean delicacies. The injira might be strange for...More

Thank MarinaCacic23
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

This was our first time here. The staff was very friendly and helpful we got the pero’s platter and vegetarian platter. The owner gave us more of the vegetable dishes to try since it was our first time. Delicious food!! The chicken tibsi was so...More

Thank sarah t
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We ordered a vegetarian platter to share, then had the coffee and popcorn. The injera was not my favourite, because it tasted very fermented, almost too much for my taste. It was a bit too sour for me. The platter was okay.. I've had better...More

Thank Peiji
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

First time to try this place and I was impressed by the atmosphere and food quality. I'd definitely go back and think it's worth a try if you've never been. Food tasted delicious and it is nice to have this style of food available in...More

Thank Jason R
Perolounge, Manager at pero restaurant and lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Thanks Jason for kind words, I hope we will see you soon. Best regards Alem

Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Eritrean owner/chef, Pero, is a delightful man who takes great pride in offering superb hospitality and excellent food. The restaurant has a wonderful ambience, with tables in zones so one always feels like you are having an intimate dining experience. And the music is...More

1  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 3 February 2017

My friends and I have had Ethiopian food before, and most of the time it is a hit or miss. This time the verdict was a unanimous thumbs up. We went there on a friday night, and didn't realize it was winterlicious. We asked the...More

Thank Ahsan C
Reviewed 2 February 2017

What I liked: 1. Style of restaurant – lots of great artwork, front section has comfortable benches 2. Veggie roles – tasted wonderful with a nice slightly spicy kick. 3. I’ve only tried Ethiopian cuisine once – to me the presentation and menu was more...More

1  Thank MTLtravelfun
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Caution: I had never had Ethiopian food, but I did know what to expect from chatting with friends and watching the food network. I went here for Winterlcious 2017. Pros: 1. Location - only a 4 min or less walk from Ossington Subway. 2. Decor...More

1  Thank travelandshop2014
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I visited this restaurant with my family, in January 2017. The ambiance and decor looks great. I wish the food was equally good! We went expecting the typical Ethiopian/Eritrean food. The service was horrible and it too long for the order to be delivered. When...More

Thank Wilson V
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Will be back soon to enjoy again. We love experiencing "owner operated" establishments, everything is always better. We have visited before and due to how we were treated by the ownership we made sure to visit again with more friends. Keep it up folks, love...More

Thank kingmair
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$23
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 812 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L9, Canada
    (Bloor and Chritie)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-915-7225
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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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