Growl Review: World Marathon Ethiopian Restaurant

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Eat with your fingers:
World Marathon Ethiopian Restaurant is a sensory delight.

Kim S.

World Marathon
Ethiopian Restaurant

By Kim S.


Image courtesy of cherrylet on Flickr

A filling meal for a reasonable price. Great value! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Authentic decor and music – ambience in spades. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Service is friendly, but on the slow side. Be sure to set aside the better part of an evening to this particular dining experience. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
The food is fresh and delicious, and diners can sample a wide variety of dishes if they choose one of the platter options. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
No complaints here. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole

Windsor Girls Growl™ visited World Marathon Ethiopian Restaurant on October 24, 2012.

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It is a little known fact that some of the best restaurants are tiny holes in the wall that you’ve passed by without a second thought on your way to somewhere else. Marathon, located at 60 University Avenue West in downtown Windsor, falls into this category of culinary gems that are small on space but big on character. The décor is warm and inviting, the food presentation pretty as a picture but much more aromatic and flavourful, and, leaving no sense unstimulated, you eat it all with your fingers, using the spongy sourdough-like bread (called injera) to scoop up your aziffa or mesir wat or any number of the samplings of other dishes that arrive on your platter of choice.

Truth be told, I’ve yet to meet a lentil dish I didn’t like, but this is masterful stuff here.

coffeebeansAlso deserving of a mention is the authentic coffee ceremony, during which you get to actually see and smell the coffee beans being roasted. A bit of zen-inducing incense later, and the java is poured from a traditional clay pot into white cups – with sugar or without – which are then distributed to each participant in the ceremony. Fair warning, though, this ain’t your mama’s mild roast. All the better to enjoy the rest of your evening of good food and good company – with eyes wide open.

Kim S.‘s Overall Rating
A lovely dinner experience – great food and enchanting atmosphere. I fully intend to return to Marathon in the near future and would recommend it to friends. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Half


Comments from fellow Growlers
Lisa M. said: “Absolutely loved the dinner last night at World Marathon. The food was so flavourful and plentiful and our host so helpful in explaining the different dishes and helping us choose our meal. I’ve been there a few times before and always loved the food, but last night’s visit was my favourite meal there yet! Can’t wait to return. What an awesome ethnic experience with amazing company as always.”

Julie B. said: “What a great dinner experience last night at World Marathon Ethiopian. I loved the blend of different spices in the dishes. The host was very charming and helpful in explaining the menu. All the wonderful little details from the warmed towels, sharing the savoury platter, the coffee ceremony made this a wonderful night out with all you fun ladies!”

Sylvia V. said: “World Marathon Ethiopian food was outstanding! A very gracious host, too. If I had to put all the flavours I savoured tonight in order of preference, it would go like this:

  1. coffee ceremony
  2. green lentils
  3. injera (bread)
  4. beef tips
  5. lamb
  6. red lentils
  7. vanilla ice cream with mango sauce
  8. salad
  9. chicken
  10. carrots & cabbage

All so flavourful and exciting! The decor was lovely and sincere. And the company was fab as always!”


Photograph by Rama, Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Micky G January 27, 2013, 5:44 pm

    Great review Kim. It was a slow, sensual dining experience – one of our best I think.

  • Julie B. January 27, 2013, 6:29 pm

    Great review Kim. I really enjoyed the evening …a very unique dining experience !! I already recommended this little gem to friends.

  • Sylvia V January 27, 2013, 6:31 pm

    My favourite Growl so far.
    I’ve been back with my husband for date night.

  • Laurel R.
    January 27, 2013, 7:01 pm

    Love your way with words, Kim! I’m looking forward to revisiting Marathon with my husband – I’m sure he’ll love it as much as I did.


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