I stumbled upon this restaurant by chance. I was staying at the 91 Loop and had to go through the Church St to go to the main tourist area. I didn’t even know it was popular in TripAdvisor.
Anyway, I decided to try it and just went in. Reservation might be needed for a large group (more than 3), but as I was alone, there’s no problem accommodating my seat.
I had no idea what to order and didn’t do any research beforehand, but the menu provided all the necessary information. Plus the waiter was very helpful responding to your queries. I ended up with the set menu with 2 main dishes and true to the menu suggestion, the portion was enough for two people.
There are two types of bread-pancakes to be chosen from. The regular white one and the brown one (teff). I ended up with both.. LOL. Taste wise, the bread tasted like a combination of dosa-thosai & idli (Indian pancake), i.e. on the sour-ish side because of the fermented batter.
For the main dishes, I choose the lamb and the prawn. Typically, the Ethiopian doesn’t eat the prawns, but I feel like having a seafood that night, so perhaps this want a real Ethiopian experience but a good choice nonetheless.
The lamb (Tibs) was cooked in herbs (rosemary). It was tender and fragrant. The prawn was cooked to perfection. The gravy was sourish-with a hint of turmeric ( I think).
People who are used to spices might think the food is bland and tart. Enjoy the meal with open mind and understand where / why the food taste like it was and you’ll enjoy the meal tremendously. That was my first experience and I enjoyed it very much.
The service is one the other hand was snail paced. The drinks and the bill took sometimes to arrive. As I was on vacation, I didn’t mind the slow service, but if you are in a hurry you might want to ask for the bill mid meal.