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812 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L9, Canada (Bloor and Chritie)
+1 416-915-7225
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Toronto
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 not intrusive. The food is a cut above the Ethiopian food that is available in... More 

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Thank Mark H
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 chef to make an exception and give us dishes of the main menu and he... More 

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Thank Ahsan C
Montreal
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138 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 a contemporary Ethiopian fusion. 4. Beef Tibsi – nicely seasoned and has some chili peppers.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 - we sat at the front under a tented raised platform area near the bar.... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 the food finally arrived, one of the items was the wrong one. We brought it... More 

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Thank Wilson V
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 what you are offering.

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Thank kingmair
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Love the African beer as well! Food was awrsome! Platters and thr veg rolls were great and so was the service. Loved that it was veg friendly too.

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Thank Samson M
Poland
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

In terms of food I love exotic experiences. Pero's restaurant is one of my best culinary experiences in the last few years! We were invited to the restaurant by my Eritrean friend and it was an excellent choice. I enjoined tasting the original injera and all the exotic dishes made of split peas. The coffee drinking experience is one of... More 

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Arkport, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was looking for something different so I thought since the previous reviews were excellent, I'd try it. Well.............The décor was nice. The servers and cook were very nice. They seemed very anxious to please which was nice but the food was just mediocre. Not bad. Not great. Portion size was just so so. Tons of Ethiopian bread made from... More 

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Thank 52607Smiling
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Hi Mr. Pero, You actually nailed it with your restaurant. Your charm made it a special evening for us. The Okra was fantastic and the wine, an African one absolutely wonderful. We discussed your menu and I would love to come back and eat all the changes you are about to make in the menu. Highly recommended!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$22
Cuisine
Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 00:00
Thursday
17:00 - 00:00
Friday
17:00 - 00:00
Saturday
17:00 - 00:00
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
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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