Impress your date with your cultural variety at Kensington’s Marathon Ethiopian Restaurant. Vegetarian dishes incorporate a lot of chickpeas, beans, and lentils seasoned with traditional spices. All of their meals are meant to be shared. We recommend their Shimbra Asa, a chickpea-flour pastry sautéed in Ethiopian sauces. Other favourites are cabbage and carrots, or spinach and potatoes served with either rice or injera. The restaurant staff teach new diners how to use their injera bread as their utensils, scooping and sopping bites into your mouth. If you’re not that comfortable with your date yet, opt for rice as your side dish to avoid awkward messes.
A longtime fixture in Kensington, Marathon Ethiopian serves traditional wat – a variety of beef, lamb, chicken and vegetable stews – paired with soft and airy injera bread, which is used as an edible utensil. Also try tibs, a spiced beef dish as well as marinated and vegetarian dishes such as spinach and potatoes and inguday tibs, a mushroom, onion and jalapeno-pepper dish. These are served with either injera or salad.
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