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    ( 5 reviews )

266 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 1R9

Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian food restaurant featuring a completely vegetarian buffet, though it is possible to order meat off the menu. Mostly diner-esque seating, but a traditional seating area is also available. Current location reported Dec 2012; previously at 330 Ellice Ave.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Buffet, Ethiopian, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by CH

Sketchy but delicious - Edit

Let's get one thing out of the way: the location and atmosphere here are super sketchy. Now, on to what's important: their food rocks!! They'll make you a delicious, giant vegan plate (gluten-free if you request it, subbing rice for their teff-wheat injera) which has a wide variety of amazing dishes to sample. Well worth the sketch factor.

Pros: Delicious vegan options, Gluten-free if need be, They get what "vegan" means

Cons: Sketchy location, Pricey parking

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great lunch Buffett - Edit

Everything on the buffet was vegan. Don't know if it's always like this. Staff was friendly. Decent food. Definitely will return next time I'm in Winnipeg.

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Great Vegan Options! - Edit

For the lunch buffet, it's a great bargain and you get to stuff your face too. With the dinner, whether it's one, two or more people, they can make a platter big enough for many people. Serves alcohol. Service is okay.

Pros: Tasty Food, Inexpensive Lunch Buffet., Convenient location downtown.

Cons: Service is Okay.

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Not as good as it used to be - Edit

Ethiopian meals are served on spongy Injera flatbread. More Injera is provided, rip these into pieces and "pinch" your food instead of using utensils(not provided). We always have vegetarian platter; lentils in berber sauce, yellow and green split peas, cooked cabbage and potatoes, small fried potatos, beets, and a lettuce-tomato salad. The vegetarian platter contents vary, but the lentils and split pea dishes are the staples. The flavours are subdued (split peas are very plain) and need more punch. A small cup of fresh diced herbs and peppers was provided to spice up the meal. It was a nice addition, but very salty so we had to use it sparingly.

The vegetarian somosas are fantastic; lentils, green onions, green chillies, cilantro and spices. They are large, no sauce is provided with them. We took many exta home - as one or two makes a filling lunch. Meals are priced reasonably, two entrees with tax is approx. $20 and you will leave full, even without samosas. Don't order the stuffed jalapenos unless you can take the heat of raw peppers, they are not cooked. We last had the lunch buffet 3 years ago, it was cheap and filling.

Service time is reasonable for an Ethiopian restaurant (many of them have long waiting times between ordering and food service), though you can sometimes wait awhile for a water refill(ask for a pitcher of water if one is not provided).

When it came time to pay, we were not given a bill, they used a calculator instead of the register....the total seemed incorrect, so we questioned it. I asked if the samosas prices were accurate on the menu, was told the total was high because of taxes. We paid, but after taking a minute to do the math, we came back and stated what the correct total was according to the menu prices. Suddenly, the owners changed their tune and told us samosas were 50% more, new menus had been ordered from printers, and that the price changed 3 months ago (but they couldn't be bothered to correct the current menus, tell us verbally when we ordered, or when we questioned our bill). They finally offered to refund the difference, I only took half because somehow they made me feel like a bad person for THEIR terrible customer service and poor business practices.

We have eaten at this restaurant for years, it was previously called Yenat, the owner sold it to a family member who eventually renamed it. For awhile the cook was the same, it is not as flavorful or spicy as it used to be. WILL NOT RETURN

Pros: Two entrees for $20, Delicious lentil samosas, filling portions

Cons: INCORRECT MENU PRICES!!, Poor business practices, Poor service

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even my kids love eating here! - Edit

One of Winnipeg's fastest and friendliest Ethiopian restaurants. Very friendly staff and owners, parking along side streets and out front, late night hours, great food served quickly. Excellent veg variety, large portion sizes -can order meat-based dishes off the menu.

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