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Reno: Zagol Ethiopian now open

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Reno: Zagol Ethiopian now open

clarence6ybr | Nov 6, 2007 10:39 AM

Went the other night and had somewhat of a mixed experience.

http://www.zagolofreno.com/

Staff was very friendly, service was good overall.

Although their website and menu tout Ethiopian beer and honey wine (plus non-Ethiopian beer), their liquor license won't be in hand until later this month (23rd or 29th, I think they said), so only soft drinks, coffee, etc. are available.

It was not packed (to say the least), and potentially as a result of that, they don't seem to offer everything on the menu. We ordered a three-item meat combo plus a vegetable dish, but unlike every other Ethiopian place I've been to, we were not allowed to select what the three dishes in the combo were--it was take the three things they offered. It's unclear whether or not any other dishes would have been available a la carte.

Of the meat dishes, the Key Wat (beef stew) was our favorite--great, rich flavor. The Kitfo ("minced" beef with butter and seasonings) is served "raw, rare, or well done"; we got what was described as medium, which was a bit too underdone for us for ground beef. My wife detected some spiciness to it, but to me the taste of butter was too overwhelming to taste much else. The Beg Tibs (lamb) had good flavor, but the lamb was quite overdone and chewy. The Kik Alicha (yellow split peas) was pretty good, could have used a bit more seasoning in my book.

Finally, I felt the portion size to be fairly small considering the prices.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment, but I don't think they've even been open a week yet. There were some good flavors there, and it would be great to have an Ethiopian place in town, so I hope things start gelling a little better as they get more experience

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