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Scrambledeggs takes it to da DC proper (Zed's Ethopian)

scrambledeggs | | Sep 14, 2008 11:52 AM

Ok -- having bashed Alexandria's overrated tourist traps of mediocrity, I've decided to move on and take the trip to the Federal District proper. Starting with Zed's Ethiopian in Georgetown. Am I happy compared to Alexandria? Partially, but I take some of the blame this time.

I never had Ethiopian before so I had nothing much to compare it to. I tried the Cheese appetizer, and the Beef in Berbere spiced sauce for entree.

I was not as happy as I thought i would be -- partly because of my mistakes. My first mistake was assuming that the lunch prices would apply because it was lunch time. Oops. No, the dinner menu was forced on me because it was the weekend. Same dish, but 50% more expensive. Hmmm.

Next, I ordered the appetizer -- the cheese was simply to me a sort of bad tasting egg salad thing, and it didn't go with the injera bread. I normally have a high tolerance for cheese and like it in general, but this was too much. Bland and bad tasting at the same time. I couldn't finish it despite my reluctance to waste the $8 starter. Later the waitress told me she thought I was an expert at this because beginners don't
order it normally.

The maincourse was good -- the beef spice was perfect, as I'd expect. The berbere spice mixture is the only thing Ethiopian I've made in the kitchen, and this was as good as ever. The beef was good, not the most tender as you might expect, but acceptable. The braising should have tenderized it more. But in any case, good enough. The only thing I didn't like was the traditional bread, injera, as I am so used to western style that it was a bit of a shock. I just don't like its texture or coldish taste. Nevertheless, the spiced maize side was good, and overall the portion of meat was gigantic, especially considering the restaurant isn't that expensive (relatively speaking).

Having too much culture shock for the day, I decided to call it quits and take dessert elsewhere.

Good, but not my style. I think I need more exposure to the cuisine to appreciate it. I will withhold any conclusions of the overall area until further reviews.