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969 Bloor St West, Toronto

Cost: approx $8 per person incl drink, tax & tip!

Although a table of 5 is a tight squeeze in this tiny establishment, the generous portions and tasty home-cooked flavour more than make up for it.

The girls and I decided to dine at Nazareth after hearing much about it (one such recommendation coming from a commentator on this blog - thanks Anna!). We ordered an orange & mango juice, a diet Coke and a Heineken for drinks. To eat, a veggie platter (for the vegetarian) and a chicken and beef platter. I think it must have slipped our minds that it would all arrive on the same platter! Oops...we should have been clearer. We ordered a separate veggie platter.

All of it arrived swiftly - generously portioned and absolutely succulent in flavours. Our request for hot sauce resulted in a little dish of cajun pepper, which we found a bit odd. Still, it was certainly the best Ethiopian I've ever had!

It's clear we were not the only ones who like the place, people were lined up and at the bar, waiting. In fact, when we were done and it was clear we weren't going to order dessert (vegan blueberry and chocolate cheesecake - without eggs or dairy) because we were so stuffed, we were politely asked if our table could be cleared for the customers waiting.

It was not rude or unkind, but simply like being told to get ready for bed by our Mother. And it's understandable of course - at these low costs (where else can you get dinner for $8?!), Nazareth has to do what she has to do.

It's impressively a one-woman show! Kudos to Nazareth for running a wonderful, little gem in the city.

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