Last night me, my husband and a friend went to Dashen, an Ethiopian restaurant on Lake Street. We walked in and were told to sit where we wanted. They brought us menus right away. A few minutes later they brought us water, but didn't ask if we wanted a drink (which I thought was weird since it has a huge bar and is a nightclub after 10:00.) The third time they came by was for our food order.
Now, I say "they" because we didn't have a server. We had two servers and a bartender waiting on us all night. No one quite knew what was going on.
My husband orders Tibs and one of their five Ethiopian Beers on the menu. He was told they only have one of the five beers in stock, so that's what he ordered. I ordered Tibs in Berbere Sauce and a beer. My friend ordered Doro Wat, but with Rice, since he is allergic to wheat gluten, and rice is an option for all enterees.
The guy who took our order, comes back and asks what we ordered again, since he didn't write it down the first time. He comes back again in about 5 minutes to tell us there is no rice. This is a problem. Doro Wat cannot be eaten without something to sop up the sauce, so my friend asks for a menu. A different guy gives him a menu and we are talking about it, and I ask if they can run to one of the local Mexican places and get some rice. His face lights up and says "Maybe."
The same guy went into the kitchen and comes back and we are told that the cook could make rice, but it takes half an hour, can we wait? Yes, but we need a menu to order some appetizers. We get a menu and order the meat sambusas. They are out of the meat sambusas.
Of course they are.
We order the lentil sambusas and the BBQ chicken wings. He says yes to the sambusas and maybe to the chicken wings.
Along the line there are some screw ups with drinks, like the bartender filling a order for beer and it sitting on the bar and us having to get it ourselves. And filling our glasses with soda water instead of real water.
Half an hour later, about the time the rice should have been getting done, we got our chicken wings and sambusa. Both were very good. No complaints there.
Another 15 minutes later, my friend got his Doro Wat and rice. It came with two chicken wings instead of one, as it should, and no hardcooked egg, as it should. I'm guessing they didn't have the heart to tell us they were out of something else.
When my husband and I didn't get our good right away, we told our friend to eat. That was good, because it was another 15 minutes before we got our food. Which was good. They served it on plates on top of the bread, instead of just on the bread, which would be normal. We just dumped our plates on to the injera.
The food was good. Not the best I've ever had, but good. It just took FOREVER and they were out of so much food. It was really sad. Based on the food, we would have gone back, but because of the service, I doubt we ever will.
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