It’s been ages since I’ve had Ethiopian so I decided it was time to give Walia a try. I’ve known about this place for awhile but never made it out till a recent Thursday evening. It’s close to Canteen but directly across the street from Numchok Wilai.
The inside is very homey. They turned on some hanging lights during our dinner which made for a cute ambiance. Lots of seating; think they were about half full.
The service is kind but super slow. Seems to be a norm from my experience with Ethiopian restaurants so far. It took about 45 minutes or so to get our food. The menu is short and sweet.
Eating with L and Jboi makes things so easy; only need to check the vegetarian options!
The sourdough flatbread was perfect. Both on its own and with the vegetables.
Vegetarian combo platter ($17.00)
Messer wot (one spicy and one not), gomen, tikel gomen and key sir. A perfect way to sample all the vegetarian offerings. Everything was excellent; flavourful, nicely spiced and seasoned.
Special shiro tegabino ($15.00)
A traditional chickpea dish made of berbere, onion, tomato, garlic and niter kebbeh. Our waitress showed us how to do it; you pour it into the middle of your platter so that you can share. Plus, you can combine it with the various veggies. It didn’t do anything heat wise but it was tasty.
We were able to share all this between 3 people! Sooooo cheap. You’ll be hard pressed to find better value in town.
Walia Ethiopian Restaurant
10630 – 124 Street