I had never had Ethiopian food until I visited Brussels for the first time a couple of years ago. The first time I had it was as a vegetarian and I fell in love. Since going vegan, I am happy to say that Ethiopian food is just as amazing without cheese and butter.
Just before Christmas, Mr Vegan in Brussels and I enjoyed a stroll around the Christmas markets and decided we fancied some Ethiopian food at Toukoul restaurant. Although the restaurant was fully booked for the rest of the evening, a kind couple who were sitting together with their young daughter offered us seats at their table. A word of warning – if you plan on eating here, it is highly recommended that you book in advance so as to avoid disappointment!
I’m sure you know the feeling when you ask for vegan options and you get a confused and bewildered response (it happens a lot in Brussels!) – but at Toukoul our waitress knew what a vegan was (hooray!) and made sure to tell the chef to cook our food in oil, not butter, and without cheese. We opted for a veggie platter, which as you can see from the picture was huge!
Ethiopian food is the perfect cuisine to satisfy vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike, as there is plenty on the menu and something for everyone. The service at Toukoul is excellent and there is a great atmosphere too. The fact that you usually have to book a table shows that it is an incredibly popular place – and I can see why.