Reviews and Such Ethiopian Restaurants

Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant

Although it’s been open for a while, it’s only recently that I’ve really noticed Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant on Sargent Avenue. I really enjoy Ethiopian food, I quite like taking the Injera and using it to scoop up my food in a meal otherwise devoid of utensils. Ethiopian food also tends to be quite spicy especially if you add lot of Berberi, the spice that dominates a lot of Ethiopian cooking.

Gohe Tiera Siga
Tiera Siga from Gohe. This was quite a pile of raw beef for one person to eat.

Walking into Gohe the interior is fairly stark. One thing I did notice is that the restaurant is quite dark. Even in mid afternoon the low lighting keeps what is otherwise a large open space quite dim.

Late Lunch at Gohe

I stopped one day at Gohe later in the afternoon. That meant that there weren’t a lot of people in the restaurant at the time. I looked over the menu and noticed they had a weekend special called Tiere Siga:
Raw Beef served with Awaze (hot and spicy Berbere sauce) and Hot Mustard.

I thought a raw beef dish might be interesting. I’m reasonably adventurous, so I decided to give the dish a try. My server came back from the kitchen to make sure I was aware that I had ordered Raw Beef, and I said I was. However, I was expecting something more along the lines of Steak Tartare. The Tiere Siga turned out to be chunks of raw beef. However the Awaze made eating the dish quite pleasant.My biggest surprise was how easy I found the beef cubes to chew. My only other comment about this dish is that I would prefer it as a dish to share. The printed menu suggested there was half a pound of beef, but I doubt there was much less than a full pound. That’s a lot of raw beef, however tasty, for one individual. Of course, there was also plenty of Injera to wrap the beef cubes up in.

Gohe Injera

Dinner Time

My next visit I showed up at supper time, and the restaurant was much fuller. Figuring that I might have to wait a bit of time for my food, I ordered the TImatim FitFit, an Ethiopian salad that comes with bits of Injera and a rather vinegary dressing. I quite like the vinegary dressing as it added a sharpness to what was otherwise a bit of a heavy meal. I also ordered a veggie samosa. This came as a mixture of pulses and not the potatoes and peas that one associates with Indian Samosas. As well, the pastry was a phyllo dough and not the more bread like dough of the Indian variety. This made for a nice diversion.

Gohe Doro Wat.
The Doro Wat from Gohe. the lighting was very dark and it made it hard to get a good photo.

After I had time to enjoy these my Doro Wot. The dish contained two large eggs. The chicken was breast meat, as opposed to the usual on the bone variety that typically is part of doro wat. The dish was well spiced with plenty of kick to satisfy me.
The service is relaxed and friendly. This isn’t the place to come if you are looking for a quick meal. However, that’s one of the joys of Ethiopian food, it allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy your meal. An added feature at Gohe is that if you bring your young children, they will be more than welcome, even if they are not particularly adept at sitting still. Gohe is definitely a place worth visiting.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.