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fasika is fantastic

gourmaniac | May 7, 2004 08:31 AM

My wife and I went to Fasika, a small Ethiopian hole in the wall on South Huntington, close to Huntington. Fasika was discussed on this board awhile ago but i haven't seen anything lately. The place was almost empty around 7:30 so i'm appealing to you to try it and keep a good restaurant going. It was excellent, the best I've had (though i'm no expert). The Injera bread upon which the food is servd and scooped was a nice dark color (like buckwheat blini) and as sour as a goodSan Francisco sourdough. We ordered the combo for two which included, lamb ribs in a chili sauce, a beef with japaleno dish, a ground lamb dish called wet (sort of sloppy joe without the slop), a chicken drumstick, and 4 veggie dishes, yellow peas, red lentils in a hot sauce, green beans, carrots, with ginger, and chopped collard greens with garlic, ginger, and cardamom. The flavors were all clean and distinct without the one sauce fits all that can sometimes be applied. Despite my carnivorous nature, the best things were the veggies, especially the red lentils. They had a deep and subtle heat with good complexity of spice. The collard greens were very fresh and the slight bitterness was a good foil for the lentils. The yellow peas (like a thick dahl) were smooth and mellow and complemented everything else. The meats were also very good, again with clean distinct flavors and complex spicing. We had enough food for three and kept going back for more, each scoop full was tantalizing and soulful. A very satifying dinner with two Ethiopian beers was a $26 bargain before tip (which was generous due to the nice service and our overall happiness). The food takes some time to arrive (as it is fresh cooked) but they had the Sox game on at the bar and interesting Ethiopian music playing. Please try this truly chowish place.

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