After a grueling ultimate frisbee match, my friend Heidi took me to her favourite neighborhood Ethiopian restaurant - Narareth.  This cute Bloor and Ossington spot was busy still around 9pm when we got there still serving people on dates and groups who wanted some late night eats. (The kitchen closing only at 1am.)  It's quite intimate as you walk inside as it's dimly lit making it a very romantic spot.  I would definitely recommend to go on dates to and experience the essence of Ethopia with authentic paintings and local art covering the walls while easy classic tunes play on.  While we were there, we heard classics like Wham's "Never gonna dance again", Lionel Richel's "Hello" and my personal favourite, Chris de Burgh's "Lady In Red". 

 There are limited menu items with three choices, beef, chicken or veggie. The most popular and Heidi's favourite being the veggie platter which the owner knew to get us as Heidi is a regular there.  The best thing about this place is the affordability.  Since the portion sizes are huge, you can order a platter that would be enough to share for 2 or 3 people for under $8.  The veggie platter came with all types of lentils, boiled cabbage, spinach, peas, salad mixed with all kinds of delicious spices.   With 2 coronas and a veggie platter, the bill was $15 with tax and tip!  Talk about value!
However when it's busy, be warned - there may be a bit of a wait time as there are limited seats inside the restaurant.  My friend Lisa had a bit of a negative experience there as she was waiting at a table for her friend and she recalled that the service was rude and wanted her to give up her table as her party wasn't there with her yet.
Despite that, I really loved the food, the easy rock and the value so I would repeat a visit soon!

*** 1/2 stars
969 Bloor Street West (Ossington)
416-535-0797 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              416-535-0797      

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