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Toronto has a vibrant Ethiopian population whose national pride shows through in its collection of more than two dozen popular ethnic restaurants. Among the best of them is Nunu, an elegant, romantic spot that keeps ancient Ethiopian culinary traditions alive into the 21st century. The floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary décor of this Queen Street eatery belie the kitchen’s classical approach to the dishes of its motherland, so if you’re looking for something a little bit different for your next date night, take heed of the name—which translates to “come, come”—and enjoy a truly unique dining experience. That uniqueness is evident not only in what you eat, but how you eat it. Many of the dishes are designed to be scooped up with injera, a spongy flatbread made from a millet-like grass native to the Ethiopian Highlands called teff. So grab your sweetheart, take a seat in the dining room, and prepare for a casual yet elegant meal. Roll up your sleeves and share a knowing wink as you dip your bread into a host of shared stews featuring everything from red beet and spicy lentil to split pea and couscous. An order of tangy chicken will have you reaching for the water glass, while East African onion soup will see you both smiling at its caramelized sweetness. There’s a western wine list of bottles that pair with the disparate flavors, but you might as well go native with a Tej cocktail, which takes Ethiopian honey wine and adds pear, rum, lime, and spices. It’s an appropriately exotic complement to a meal that’s equal parts fascinating and delicious.

Nunu

1178 Queen St W Toronto ON M6J

(647) 351-6868

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