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Pursue a new flavour!
Please savour authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes from our menu.

We offer inviting yet traditional meals even for a novice to the cuisine. The end result is simply tasty food; really good tasty food. The dining experience may also include the passing aromas of coffee and frankincense – and a friendly smile.

Vegetarian and vegan dishes are a highlight along with optional gluten-free injera. Injera is a part of every meal. It’s spongy flatbread used to pick up food.

Abugida አቡጊዳ
It’s pronounced “ä-bu-gi-da” and it is from the first four symbols of Ethiopia’s writing system: አቡጊዳ (Abugida). The name was later used for other segmental writing systems where consonant-vowel pairs are written as one unit. Languages that now use abugidas include Cree and Ojibwe in Canada, and Hindi and Burmese in South/Southeast Asia. More about abugida.

The Danforth welcomes you
We’re in the centre of Toronto’s beloved The Danforth neighbourhood. All are welcome – you, your family, friends and co-workers. We serve people looking to try something new, our neighbours (East York, Greektown, Upper Beaches, Leslieville, Gerrard India Bazaar and downtown), visitors to Toronto, and the local Ethiopian and Eritrean community.

Two owners

Chaltu Wordofa Deti and Elsabete Shamebo own and manage Abugida. They’ve worked in restaurants for many years and later met by having relatives in common through their partners.