I'm going to chalk that up to never having tried it before.
This week, I got to sample it for the first time, and I'll be honest, I never would have chosen to go here if the restaurant choice had been up to me. But, my friend Lindsay was in town, getting a reprieve from her 100 Mile Locavore challenge with some ethno-grazing (which isn't a word, but so should be), and so Ethiopian it was.
Bottom line: it was delicious.
We went to the Ethiopian House restaurant (which is right next to Koyoi, a Japanese Izakaya that I love), a vibrant, low key little joint with bright coloured murals on the walls.
I opted for what I would say was the safest option: the Vege Beef combo. The meal came with the following:
Tibs (fried beef with jalapenos)
Tikil Gomon (cabbage and carrot)
Atakelt Wot (string beans and potatoes)
Cottage Cheese (which tasted more like feta cheese to me)
Injera (a flat bread made out of teff flour)
Oh my gosh. Everything was so tasty.
|foreground - tibs / background - cottage cheese, salad and tikil gomon|
At the end of the meal, we were first shown the roasting beans:
After that, a dish with burning frankincense was placed on our table:
With that came the thick, spiced coffee hidden in its pot. Our server took his time pouring it out to us in tiny cups. It was just so beautifully done and reminded me of the Japanese tea ceremony.
|Can you sense how thick it was?|
So, we sat, sipping our coffee until it was time for Lindsay and her family to continue with their ethnograzing fest and leave. It was just such a lovely way to spend a Sunday lunch! Old friends, great food, and (for me) a new experience.
|The Whole Gang Ready to Dig In|