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Abol Cafe (overdue report)

kate | Nov 7, 200401:38 AM

This is a little belated, but worth mention:

Had lunch at Abol Cafe (Ethiopian on east Broadway near Lloyd Center) about a week ago. It's a tiny place--only one other diner there (about 1:00 on a Tuesday afternoon), and a very casual affair (I get the sense everyone in the kitchen was probably a family member). It's not the swankiest of places (think plastic spill-covers over the tablecloths--but nice tablecloths), but the food was excellent. They offer a "lunch buffet" for $6.00. Not actually a buffet in the serve-yourself sense, but it's a really great vegetarian sampler platter: a couple curries, a nice piquant iab, good okra, at least two different types of pulses.

The injera was fantastic--nice and sour and distinctly teff-y, as it should be. I was impressed by how fresh everything tasted. The carrots and potatoes in the curry were fresh and perfectly done, which is so rare--so often you get rock-hard carrots and slimy overdone potatoes. This was a wonderful, nurishing meal that seemed to be prepared with great care. It was a good deal of food two, probably enough for two to share (I enjoyed leftovers the next day).

Highly recommended--I'll have to check out some of the other Ethiopian spots in Portland and see how they compare.

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