by Shanta Watte on
I tried this place on the recommendation of my housemate. I've not had Ethiopian food in years, so was eager to try it again. First a bit about the establishment.... You walk in off the street and you'd swear you're just in a neighborhood bar with quite a few micro-brews on tap. A closer look at the table reveals people eating Ethiopian fare on the traditional spongy-crepe like injera. As you make your way thru the bar, you'll find a few more tables in the back, as well as a pool table. The place was super busy and we started having second thoughts about sitting down to order since we were really hungry. However, as we came thru from the bar to the seating area in the back we ran into the waitress and asked for a table for two. She said OK, I'll be back to clean-up a table for you. We sat down and waited a bit while the waitress brought out food for the table next to us.After sitting for a few minutes we realized it was basically one waitress and one person behind the bar and maybe one in the kitchen. We deliberated again about leaving, but our waitress came around and took our order. We had the chicken stew plate which came with salad and a boiled egg and for our second dish we order the Collard greens plate, which came with a choice of two other sides dishes. For these side we selected the vegetable stew and mushrooms. So while we waited for the food we made a bet about how long the food would take. Surprisingly it really only took about 30 minutes to get our food from the time we sat down.Really, for as busy as the place was it was damn impressive. So our drinks arrived first, I elected to try the Ethiopian honey wine, which I really liked. It was kinda like a desert wine, but a bit more tart. When the food arrived I couldn't help but smile as I was eager to eat Ethiopian food again after 3-4years. The lentils were great, reminded me of Indian style lentils. The chicken stew was tasty, but not as spicy as I remember. I love spicy food and keeping feeling like I need to add some hot sauce to the food. Next time I'll ask if they can make it spicier ;-) The injera was good, but not as spongy or as sourdough tasting as I remember, however it was very fresh. Lot's of good people watching to be had. We'll definitely be back to check out the bar scene. I'd also like to come back for the happy hour which features all you can eat veggie buffet and cheap micro-brews. Overall I give the food 3.5 stars, could be spicier. The service I'd give 3 stars up front, but after seeing how quickly they delivered on food and drinks I'd up the performance to 3.5 stars.
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