Hey just wanted to give a quick report on Habesha, a new Ethiopian restaurant in...west downtown? I don't know what to call that neighborhood, but its like near Boren and Stewart, maybe? Anyways, we had seen this place a number of times and finally went to check it out. The interior is amzingly pretty, someone clearly put a lot of money into making this a beautiful restauratn, and it paid off. The ambience was great. It was snowing outside and It took all of our effort to eventually get up and go! The only complaint with decor was the the tables were a little small for Ethipian style eating.
The injera tasted very fresh, I asked if they made them on location, she said they didn't, but planned to in the near future. Very exciting, not too many places do that. For as much as I loved the place itself, I wish I loved the food a little more. The Kitfo (steak tartar type dish) tasted a little cooked, despite my request for raw, and the waitress said it was raw. I think the problem was they used SO much butter in the mixing that it cooked the meat a little. This was way greasier than any where else. They also seemed to be missing the traditional cooling cheese. Our Habesha lamb was delicious, but the lamb was a touch over cooked. The sambusa (similar to a samosa) was beautifully fried, but still a bit cold in the middle.
I'm hoping everything is just new opening jitters because the flavors of this place, both in ambience and in the food are amazing. If they can get the temping issues down this could be an amazing place. Even with the mistakes, I definetly say this place is somewhere I would return. Really is the first place in Seattle I've seen to take Ethiopian dining up to the next level.
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